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I see several options, for starters you can use two 1TB SSD and put them in RAID-0 for 2TB of usable storage and incredible speed. Keep your data backed up and you'll be fine. Another option is just use two 1TB SSD and primary is OS/Apps and secondary is data. Third option is to use any of the prior options but add external storage for your large data needs or just use a NAS. What size files are you generally working with and how much storage do you need on device at any given time? I'd still consider this unit viable if I were in your position!
I would also add that an external SATA drive, connected via USB 3.0, can transfer data almost as fast as an internal SATA drive can. The USB 3.0 interface should not be a bottleneck. The USB 3.0 interface is capable of transferring 640MB/s. The SATA interface is capable of transferring 600MB/s. Thus, you can use the internal M.2 connectors for fast SSD(s) and still have lots and lots of well-performing (by HDD standards) storage connected externally.
Thank you very much to cwizardtx and N.Scott.Pearson for the comments and suggestions posted previously.
In this case for the configuration you trying to use and based on the requirements you need, the options above will the best thing to try, in order to make the NUC work as you needed.
Additionally, there are some users that were able to use a video card with the NUC. As you can confirm on the following link:
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Any questions, please let me know.
I understand that there are work around by using the M.2 and NAS while this solution will come up with a much higher setup cost that making the system much more expensive than what it can be.
There are many gaming PC out there in the market, but seldom PC aiming photo/video editing. Photo/video users do not require strong 3D graphic capability and the NUC i7 setup would potentially become a cost effective setup. I still believe that the current connectivity option effectively reducing the attractiveness of choosing NUC i7 as photo/video editing purpose and wish you can share this comment with your product team. I personally still not convinced to buy the current product.
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