Apple’s MacBook Pro line of notebooks may receive some negative attention for the removal of things like the MagSafe connector and SD card slot, but there is one area that few people can claim the 2016 model comes up short, and that’s raw power.
In fact, the folks over at Computerworld have investigated and then concluded that the new 2016 MacBook Pro could be the fastest computer on the planet, thanks largely to its super-fast PCIe-based Solid State Drive (SSD).
As a basis for comparison, the previous early-2015 MacBook Pros were rated for SSD performance consisting of peak sequential read speeds of 1.6GBps and maximum sequential write speeds of 1.5GBps. Those numbers were huge at the time, and benchmarks backed them up. Now, though, with the 2016 MacBook Pro here, Apple has once again upped the ante.
Starting with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple’s own specifications claim sequential read/write speeds of 3.1Gbps and 2.1Gbps, respectively. The new 15-inch model increases the numbers with write speeds to 2.2Gbps, while the read speed remain the same as the 13-inch. The upshot of all that? No matter which screen size you buy, the SSD within the new MacBook Pro is, theoretically at least, really, really fast, even when compared to last year’s MacBook Pro. That’s impressive stuff.
With quad-core Intel i7 chips capable of speeds of 2.7GHz married with 16GB of fast RAM and that storage we just mentioned, the new high-end MacBook Pro should be a force to be reckoned with. If you own one, we suspect there will be very little it struggles with, perhaps further driving home the fact that few people need desktop machines anymore. With Apple neglecting the Mac Pro, Mac mini and iMac to an extent, it’s possible the company would agree.
Talking to Computerworld, Objective Analysis analyst Jim Handy said that he believes Apple’s decision to go for the PCIe SSD will soon trickle down to the rest of the PC market within the next couple of years, so it’s safe to say that from amongst all of Apple’s decisions for its new flagship notebook lineup, this particular one seems to be the most likely to form a trend.
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