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New MacBooks offer 90 percent faster SSD write speeds, Skylake CPU up to 20 percent faster

04.20.16

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Apple today announced a second-generation twelve-inch MacBook which brings speed increases across the board thanks to the use of Intel’s latest Skylake chip platform, PCIe-based flash storage and a speedier 1,866MHz RAM.

The Verge took the new machines briefly for a spin. Having put the new MacBook through its paces in Primate Labs’ $0.99 Geekbench 3 benchmarking app to measure the performance of the new Intel CPU and using the free Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app for benchmarking disk I/O operations, the publication was able to determine just how performant the updated flash storage and Intel’s new Skylake CPU are.

Apple lent The Verge a 1.2Ghz Intel Core m5 MacBook to test.

TL;DR: a modest CPU improvement may not be enough to seal the deal, but folks who work with large sets of data—such as 3D designers, video editors and others—will find an overhauled solid state storage worth upgrading.

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