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

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.

I had to do a double take when I saw how quickly the new 13-inch MacBook Pro duplicated 4.9GB worth of data. It took 2 seconds, which comes out to a rate of 2,519 megabytes per second. That's insane.

So we also ran the BlackMagic Disk Speed test for macOS, and the system returned an average write speed of 2,682 MBps.

To be fair, Apple’s relatively new APFS file system is designed to speed up file copies using a technology Apple calls Instant Cloning. But a win is a win.
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.

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18 weeks ago
These are the type of things Apple haters / Windows PC fanboys overlook when determining the true value of an Apple device.
Rating: 40 Votes
18 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 28 Votes
18 weeks ago

What do you need the GPU for?


Are you serious?
Rating: 26 Votes
18 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 22 Votes
18 weeks ago
Isn’t APFS the cause of these speeds?
Rating: 20 Votes
18 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 16 Votes
18 weeks ago
WHY DONT THEY PUT A PROPER GPU IN THESE DAMN THINGS?!

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
Rating: 16 Votes
18 weeks ago
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
Rating: 14 Votes
18 weeks ago
APFS file cloning really doesn’t count in testing the performance.

It’s an embarrising amount of bias, that they would do that and then say “a win is a win”.
Rating: 13 Votes
18 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 13 Votes

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