2018 MacBook Pro Features 'Fastest SSD Ever' in a Laptop According to Benchmarks

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The 2018 MacBook Pros just went on sale yesterday, but Apple was quick about shipping them out and some customers already have the new machines in hand.

    Laptop Mag was able to get one of the new 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro models and performed some benchmarks to give us an idea of how it measures up to competing PCs. According to Laptop Mag, it the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the "fastest system in its class."


    The site's tests were performed on the $2,499 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar equipped with a 2.7GHz quad-core 8th-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus 655, and a 512GB SSD.

    A file copy test of the SSD in the new MacBook Pro, which Apple says supports sequential read speeds of up to 3.2GB/s and sequential write speeds up to 2.2GB/s, led Laptop Mag to declare the SSD in the MacBook Pro "the fastest ever" in a laptop. Higher capacity SSDs may see even faster speeds on disk speeds tests. A BlackMagic Disk Speed test was also conducted, resulting in an average write speed of 2,682 MB/s.

    On a Geekbench 4 CPU benchmark, the 13-inch MacBook Pro earned a score of 18,055 on the multi-core test, outperforming 13-inch machines from companies like Dell, HP, Asus, and Microsoft. That score beats out all 2017 MacBook Pro models and is faster than some iMac configurations. 15-inch MacBook Pro models with 6-core 8th-generation Intel chips will show even more impressive speeds.


    The MacBook Pro took 16:57 minutes to transcode a 4K video clip to 1080p using Handbrake, faster than most competing machines and two and a half minutes faster than the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro. It didn't win at an Excel VLOOKUP macro matching 65,000 names to corresponding addresses, but at 1 minute 16 seconds to complete the task, it was competitive with the Dell XPS 13 and Asus Zenbook, while beating out the Surface Book 2 and the Huawei MateBook X Pro.

    One area where the MacBook Pro didn't quite measure up to other machines with similar specs was GPU performance. The 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro uses Intel's Iris Plus Graphics 655 with 128MB of embedded DRAM and was unable to compete in a Dirt 3 graphics test, getting only 38.8 frames per second. All Windows-based machines tested offered much better performance.


    Apple did team up with Blackmagic to offer a Blackmagic eGPU for gaming purposes and system intensive creative tasks, but the device is priced at $700. It does, however, offer super fast performance with a built-in Radeon Pro 580 GPU.

    Additional benchmarks and details about the 2018 MacBook Pro models will surface over the course of the next few days as orders arrive and retail stores begin stocking the machines.

    The new 2018 models can be purchased from the Apple online store, with prices on the 13-inch machine starting at $1,799 and prices on the 15-inch machine starting at $2,399.

    Article Link: 2018 MacBook Pro Features 'Fastest SSD Ever' in a Laptop According to Benchmarks
  2. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    These are the type of things Apple haters / Windows PC fanboys overlook when determining the true value of an Apple device.
  3. JCCL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Hahaha ok. The SSD is faster. Now it is worth the 50% price increase over a pc with the same or better specs!

    A 1799 computer without a dedicated GPU is ridiculous. But hey it’s got a faster SSD so that should make it up for the GPU.
  4. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502a

    Internet Enzyme

    Feb 21, 2016

    I mean this is asinine the scores are so good and then the ****ing graphics one is so terrible come on egpus are great and whatever but just pack it with a radeon whatever and all the complaints about the mbp being overpriced can go shove it
  5. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    With the file copy so much ridiculously faster, could that have something to do with the APFS file system? I kind of remember reading that it doesn't actually copy the file or something like that. Like there's just one file that appears to be in two places? Maybe someone knows more about it than I do.
  6. SvP macrumors 6502


    Mar 31, 2009
  7. JeffreyD macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2011
    Central CA Coast
    Just wondering, does this make a RAM upgrade (8gb to 16gb) less essential?
  8. smirking, Jul 13, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018

    smirking macrumors 68000


    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    This won't stop people from complaining about not having the glowing logo on the back or making stale jokes about courage though.
  9. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    What do you need the GPU for?
  10. JCCL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Are you serious?
  11. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    Perhaps because AMD is more willing to support Apple’s Metal while nVidia cares more about DirectX and OpenGL. I can’t think of any other reason. AMD is also in the process of making a huge comeback with its CPUs and GPUs. nVidia is too arrogant to accept Apple’s demands.
  12. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Those SSD differential looks way too large. I can see 1.5X or so, but 10X against systems like the Dell that Samsung SSDs seems way too large. I wonder if BlackMagic is not accurate with the new system or the file system is playing some games and not really copying data but changing file header pointers
  13. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
  14. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    The 13” MBPs are essentially Photoshop and Xcode machines. They are also the notebooks of choice for journalists everywhere along with the MacBook Air. Perhaps amateur video editing as well. They are perfect for this.

    Those who need more horsepower buy the 15” models with dedicated graphics.
  15. jeremysteele macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2011
    Looks like they are comparing regular ol SATA 3 SSD's to the Macbook's NVME SSD in that table? Or something? That is stupidly misleading if true. I've personally used and benchmarked an XPS 13 - they go much faster than 300 MB/s.
  16. pmdraw macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2013
    As others speculate these results are not really indicative of anything, due to how APFS influences these results.

    When using APFS and duplicating a file, the file isn't actually stored twice on disk but only once, and both locations store a reference to the actual file on disk. Hence the high speed.

    Changing even 1 byte in the duplicated file is what actually triggers a full copy of the file on disk. This is what they should've measured. Presenting it in the current way is deeply flawed.
  17. chinito77 macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2015
    OK...but those GPU specs are quite disappointing. My mac mini just chokes on Cities Skylines and was hoping to see something that can run it smoothly. Perhaps Vega cards in the upcoming mac mini then?
  18. Histogram macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2018
    They will have split the ssd’s into a raid0 config it’s what they do in the iMac Pro, not sure how many it’s running to get that speed tho.
  19. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    The new SSDs should be fast, but not because of instant cloning.

    With instant cloning, nothing is actually copied. The "file" at the new location is just a pointer to the file at the old location.
  20. JCCL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Or buy a Windows Laptop with far better graphics performance in a 13” model if so they desire. Better specs all around.
  21. matthiaswitt macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2014
    I discovered that you can duplicate files beyond the limit of the disk with apfs...
    I think it only changes references, therefore not a good test
  22. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
  23. McG2k1 macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    so this is a samsung pro m.2 drive. either that or apple is running something akin to samsung magician's ability to use ram.
  24. zooole macrumors newbie


    May 22, 2016
    So many insane comments here.

    You need the GPU for almost anything, most of the stuff somebody who buys an MBP will include heavy GPU intensive work.

    And no, there will be no dedicated GPU in the 13 inch MBP. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. That computer, just like literally any other that is comparable in size (or even larger) does not have dedicated GPUs. Nor the thermal performance of these GPUs, nor their power consumptions are compatible with the size of a 13 inch ultrabook. This has been like that for years.

    I would argue that a good eGPU case is a much better solution, as any dedicated mobile GPU will be soldered to the MB, will be a dumbed down version of a desktop one, eat the battery and will act as a personal lap radiator. Also, GPUs get obsolete at a lot faster rate than CPUs.
  25. waigx macrumors member


    Jan 21, 2014
    I think the tester need to look into this issue.

    If it was testing APFS's COW (copy on write), the MacBook Pro just wrote the metadata (maybe a few kb) to disk instead of 4.9GB actually data.

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