“Apple, a company that has led the laptop industry in its use of PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs), again upped the ante in performance with its latest refresh of the MacBook Pro, which may be the highest performing stock system on the market,” Lucas Mearian reports for Computerworld. “The early 2015 refresh of the MacBook Pro sported an M.2 (gumstick) form factor, PCIe SSD that boasted peak sequential read speeds of 1.6GBps and max sequential write speeds of 1.5GBps. Computerworld‘s own benchmark tests with Blackmagic software on a 2015 13-in. MacBook Pro with Retina display revealed it could pin the needle at more than 1.4Gbps for writes and more than 1.3Gbps for reads.”

“The new MacBook Pro’s specs smoke its predecessor,” Mearian reports. “The 2016 13-in. MacBook Pro’s specs claim it has sequential read/write speeds of 3.1Gbps and 2.1Gbps per second, respectively. The new 15-in MacBook Pro ups the write speeds to 2.2Gbps, while the reads remain the same as the 13-in.”

“In addition, the newest PCIe SSDs use the NVM Express (NVMe) or Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification, which is a logical device interface for accessing flash storage via the PCIe bus. ‘With regard to PCIe, Apple has been a pioneer when it comes to PCIe/NVMe storage,’ said Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president at IDC. ‘They were the first PC company to broadly adopt it across its laptop portfolio while other companies today are still just using it in a very limited portion of their PC lineup,'” Mearian reports… Janukowicz said he expects to see more PC makers using PCIe/NVMe drives, but he doesn’t expect them to be broadly available until later in 2017. Jim Handy, an analyst with Objective Analysis, believes M.2 PCIe SSDs will ‘sweep’ the new PC market within two years.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. All others follow at a great distance. Many never get there at all.

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