Cinebench benchmarks a processor's performance by rendering a 3D scene without the help of the GPU.
In the single-threaded test, the Core i7-6700HQ holds a small lead over the other lower-power processors in the list, but it falls a bit behind its desktop Intel brethren. When the application takes advantage of the i7-6700HQ's four cores and eight threads, however, the CPU takes a commanding lead over lower-power parts and begins trading punches with some powerful desktop-class company.
From a CPU-performance standpoint, we're quite impressed with the X3 Plus v5. We don't think it's a stretch to say this machine offers desktop-class performance in a tiny footprint. For media and photo pros that need to pack light without sacrificing processing power, this notebook could be just the ticket.
The Aorus X3 we tested comes with a 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 drive. We've already reviewed this drive in detail, and we found it to be among the speediest SSDs around. To briefly sum up our review, we found the SM951 can provide spectacular performance when it's appropriately cooled. The tight enclosure of a slim laptop is likely one of the hotter environments this drive will encounter, so let's take a look at sequential read results from Iometer at two different queue depths.
In this quick test, my numbers came in a little bit lower than the ones we recorded in our earlier review, but not significantly so. The SM951 in the Aorus X3 still performs at a very high level. It looks like the X3 Plus' cooling system is up to the task of keeping the SM951 cool.
It's especially revealing to look at the difference between the SM951 and the popular 850 EVO. In synthetic benchmarks, the NVMe SSDs that have cropped up recently have set new standards for storage performance. I'll add that the numbers fit my subjective experience with the Aorus X3. It's been a number of years since I upgraded the system drive in my personal desktop, so the difference between my aging SATA SSD system drive and the SM951 was startling. Boot times and application load times are noticeably shorter, and the drive is just overall more responsive.
As a final note about the drive, I'll say that I'm happy that Aorus included a 512GB drive in the X3 Plus v5. It's really easy to fill up 256GB with a decently sized Steam library. If variety in your gaming isn't that important to you, 256GB should be fine for now, but I think people buying gaming laptops this year will end up regretting their decision if they don't spring for a 512GB or larger drive.
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