OWC Gets 1,200MB/s from SSD in 2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Since we already had them opened up for our exclusive unboxing, we decided we might as well have a little fun with the new 2014 MacBook Pro with Retina display models after their release last week.

How much fun can you possibly have with disassembled Retina MacBook Pros, you ask? Well, we popped a 256GB SSD that was taken from a 2013 Mac Pro into the brand spanking new 13” and 15” rMBP models and found that the two models apparently have some extra performance capabilities to offer. The 15” model clocked performance numbers that went beyond 1,200MB/s, while the 13” model exceeded 1,190MB/s!

UPDATE: OWC Now Offers SSD Upgrades for 2013-Current MacBook Air & MacBook Pro with Retina display models and OWC Reveals Apple Boot Camp Support for SSDs

The performance boost over the stock SSDs in the 13” and 15” rMBP – which achieved up to 759MB/s and 794MB/s respectively – is explained by the fact that the Mac Pro SSD negotiates a x4 PCIe connection versus the stock cards, which negotiate a x2 PCIe connection.

Check out the benchmarks below for a complete look at the numbers of the 13” and 15” rMBP 2014 models with both the stock SSDs and the Mac Pro SSD installed.

13″ Retina MacBook Pro with Mac Pro SSD Benchmarks & System Report


x4 rMBP 13 ASP13″ Retina MacBook Pro with Stock SSD


x2 rMBP 13 ASP15″ Retina MacBook Pro with Mac Pro SSD Benchmarks & System Report


x4 rMBP 15 ASP15″ Retina MacBook Pro with Stock SSD



x2 rMBP 15 ASP

SSD swap not recommended
It should be noted that this experiment was done simply to illustrate potential speeds. OWC does not recommend installing a Mac Pro SSD in your Retina MacBook Pro, as we have not performed a thermal evaluation.

However, this does hint at future upgrade potential of your late-2013 or 2014 rMBP.