Benchmarking the Internal Storage
We already know that half the I/O pipeline is fairly stout, but if the storage devices chosen to be put inside are subpar, then it can severely impact your enjoyment of the system. Imagine having to wait for a slow disk-based drive to spin-up and seek out the proper files to start a game. Thankfully, they've seen fit to include an NVMe 1.2 compliant Samsung 950 Pro SSD and a separate storage drive that happens to be a Seagate hybrid drive, though that addition of flash storage for caching doesn't always have an immediate, or large, effect on performance.
The combination means that everyday tasks can be loaded incredibly rapid when needed and that there's plenty of room to store your game library on the internal storage drive. There's plenty of room to upgrade, too, and it's easy to plop in another, or a larger, HDD to suit your needs. Keep in mind that with a hybrid drive, the more you open something, the more likely it'll be cached in the flash area and thus the higher the transfer speeds for those items. With only the mechanical portion being accessed, these speeds aren't terrible at all. Not great, but not bad.
Benchmarking the External Thunderbolt/USB Storage
With USB 3.1 Type-C and the numerous USB 3.0 ports along the exterior, there are plenty of expandability options should you need them. To test external file transfers, I took 8.81GB of 207 mixed files that are on a USB 3.0 enabled external SSD and transferred them, noting the average speed it was able to maintain throughout the full transfer.
It's difficult to test USB 3.1 Type-C due to the limitations of current SATA 3.0 speeds, so the difference is negligible. The real benefit is the ability to daisy chain, output video with audio, and just have more connected via that one port. That is until I can manage to get a RAID 0 external enclosure to properly test the speeds set up.
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