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Post Reply Anyyone notice any benefit from running games on a SSD drive?
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Posted 2/21/13
I'm hearing that it's better and also not noticeable, has anyone here ran a game on an SSD drive an noticed a difference? It'd be an MMO
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Posted 2/21/13
It's noticeable. I play WoW from my SSD and the loading times are much much faster.
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Posted 2/21/13
Not sure what to say about this, my benchmarks were better on a non SSD drive for FFXIV ARR
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Posted 2/24/13
My computer has always been pretty zippy regardless. With an SSD drive I did notice a difference, but only marginally so. It makes more of a difference for me with boring programs really (production programs, graphics editors, office suites, etc.)

Like ShinAmaterasu, my benchmark for FFXIV: ARR was actually a bit better on my non SSD drive. Not really sure why.
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Posted 2/24/13
Honestly? I dont notice much different from my RAID disks than from the SSD, its nice to have for the fast boot timer but really isnt much of a difference. You would nearly always get more performance out of putting the cost of an SSD into a better processor/ram/gcard than actually buying the SSD
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Posted 2/24/13
Sadly i havent got a ssd as yet, but I've seen my mates in action. On a whole the load times are a lot quicker. Booting up and loading games. Done a few test and we both own the same games. Sad i know, but hay.

have you tried the ssd version of defrag? to see if that helps?

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Posted 2/24/13
I wouldn't expect to see a huge difference in terms of frames, but obvious the ssd would be faster at loading levels/saves.
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Posted 3/1/13
In general, with my new Samsung 840 Pro, I've noticed a general increase in boot times, and level load times. But a lot of my speed increase came from the new CPU (3770k), and my new RAM (32GB @1600mhz)
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Posted 3/7/13
Without getting too technical, SSD will drastically improve your load times over standard 5400 or 7200 RPM hard drives. If you play online games though it'll still have to wait for network data.

I'd never try to defrag an SSD though, shorten its life span
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Posted 3/9/13 , edited 3/9/13
For Starcraft 2 and WoW, I've had a huge decrease in loading times. I've also tried Neverwinter Nights/Dragon Age and haven't noticed a huge difference with those two games though.
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Posted 7/25/13
An SSD will make a huge difference in load times while gaming. However, it won't affect the framerate of the game unless it has to load textures and whatnot in realtime, without cutting to a loading screen or anything.
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Posted 7/29/13
Defragging a SSD is definitely a no-no from what I read. Plus it doesn't buy you anything as the time to access data spread across different parts of the SSD is the same as having the data sequentially on the SSD.

I recently upgraded my computer and put and SSD in. I haven't tried gaming on it yet, but the boot up time for Windows is amazing.
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Posted 7/29/13
I didn'T use an hd for years but it's definitely faster...
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Posted 7/29/13
Probably depends on the game. I have a Samsung 830 and Skyrim loads like a champ compared to my old mechanical. I haven't played any MMO since installing it tho. Even ignoring gaming with it, there's no going back after switching to a SSD, for me at least.
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This is probably all you need to know.

1. SSD are so fast that the bottleneck is the SATA interface, no RAID setup of mechanical drives can match the speed of an SSD

2. Single players games, as well as large maps on multiplayer will load faster, about 20-30%

3. Games are just fine running off a mechanical drive.

4. A SSD makes a BIG difference in your system, it's the user experience, not just boot time and game load time. everything is faster and much snappier.

an SSD is a must on any computer nowadays. Mechanical drives are just so slow.
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