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Post Reply Anyyone notice any benefit from running games on a SSD drive?
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Posted 8/9/13 , edited 8/9/13
The only thing you will notice a difference is mainly load times, I'm running two 256 Gb Samsung 840 Pro's in a RAID 0. Things load instantly I can go from boot to google chrome in under 12 seconds, Call of duty black ops 2 basicly doesn't even bring up a loading screen anymore for maps.
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Posted 9/20/13
FPS difference? No.
Texture pop in? It no longer exists.
Load times? I don't get time to read loading screen tips.
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Posted 10/11/13
If you own Civilization V compare using that, Civ V just works so much better on an SSD.
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I'd never try to defrag an SSD though, shorten its life span




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Posted 12/30/13

KurisuSensei wrote:

FPS difference? No.
Texture pop in? It no longer exists.
Load times? I don't get time to read loading screen tips.


Not enough time to read to read tips during loading screen would be a huge problem. Haha!
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Posted 1/2/14
It's noticeable, but also ~10x the price of a regular HDD.
I just installed my OS onto an SSD, and then everything else onto an HDD.
It works pretty swimmingly.
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Posted 1/2/14 , edited 1/2/14
Summary at the bottom.

I think it would be useful for people to mention exactly *which* SSD they're using. Simply stating "SSD" is a crap description of your experience.

I have near instant load times using a SAMSUNG 840 Pro which is currently benchmarked as the fastest 2.5" SSD on the market. The significant difference you'll notice with SSD's are load times or any part of game play that requires significant loading from your hard disk during play.

If you're looking for "better graphics" then an SSD is the wrong upgrade to make. If you're, for example, playing Skyrim on a high end graphics card but occasionally as you're running around the environment the scene temporarily skips or shutters as it is loading resources then an SSD would cure that.

It matters which make and model of SSD you're buying. If I say I want to travel by "CAR" so is it worth it? Traveling by way of Ford Pinto vs McLaren F1 in terms of speed are significantly different experiences. So far the responses I've read in this thread aren't very informative for you.

Comparing a 7200RPM spin up HDD vs the SAMSUNG 840 Pro is significant. On average a "classic" 7200RPM HDD will transfer data from disk to RAM at roughly 40-70MB/s (Megabytes, not bits). The speed of transfer depends on whether the transferred data is on the inner ring of the disk or the outer ring of the disk. Speeds also depend on how fragmented the data is on a spin up HDD. On average the transfer rate on my personal samsung is 534 MB/s (benchmarked). SSD are random access similar to RAM so it doesn't matter where the data is being transferred from the experience will be similar in all memory locations. Fragmentation does not affect transfer rates.

The SAMSUNG 840 Pro is also very consistent with transfer rates. Cheaper SSD's will show "burst rates" where it will constantly speed up (burst) and slow down the transfer rate.

Personally there's only two SSD manufacturers I would recommend: Crucial or Samsung. Samsung makes all of their internal parts and Crucial outsources many parts (e.g. they use a Marvel Controller). Crucial C300 was the fastest on the market when it was first introduced a few years ago before Samsung overtook it. Right now Crucial manufactures the Crucial M4 which is also very fast. Be VERY careful about which model of Crucial M4 you're buying. Crucial does not do a very good job distinguishing which models are the cheaper "slow" models and which are faster. With Samsung it's a little more easy because the slower model is the 840 series and the fast model is the 840 Pro series.

One quick mention about speeds: it highly depends on your system on which SATA standard it is using. SATA1 (178MB/s), SATA2 (357MB/s), and SATA3 (715MB/s) are large leaps in transfer rates. Top tier SSDs will perform similarly on SATA2 however differences between them will be noticed using SATA3. Use google to learn about SATA (sata2 vs sata3).

Your harddrive is the biggest bottleneck in your system performance. Your gigabit networking is faster than a 7200RPM hard drive.

SUMMARY

The benefit in gaming I experience is very fast load times (I usually can't read the text on the load screen before gameplay starts) and seamless transitions in large open world environments. SSD load the resources faster. When transitioning environments the game doesn't stutter as the disk is trying to load resources into RAM.
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Posted 1/2/14
SDD will minimize the game loading time for almost 20-40%. Standard users of ssd are only using it for their Operating System because the latter is too expensive.
Posted 1/2/14
Basically what everyone else said, the only thing you'll notice is load time.
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I have the ALMIGHTY answer you are looking for sir. Does running a game from a SSD inprove the game? It depends literally there is no set answer.
BUUUUUUT I'll tell you this much if the game your playing has lots and lots of tiny little assets and details (like bushes, items, trees, npcs,vehicles and things) and has to load frequently then you will see a huge difference in load times and less "frame pop?" That thing where you walking in a game and you don't see something and then it just pops in because it took a minute to load.
On the other hand if your playing a game and the files being loaded are VERY LARGE then the difference is far too insignificant to warrant the price difference. I hope that helps.
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Posted 1/13/14
It'll make you load games alot faster. That's about it. The bigger the game, the bigger the benefit you get. It's great for MMO's.
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Posted 1/20/14

Em0SceneStabr wrote:

I have the ALMIGHTY answer you are looking for sir. Does running a game from a SSD inprove the game? It depends literally there is no set answer.
BUUUUUUT I'll tell you this much if the game your playing has lots and lots of tiny little assets and details (like bushes, items, trees, npcs,vehicles and things) and has to load frequently then you will see a huge difference in load times and less "frame pop?" That thing where you walking in a game and you don't see something and then it just pops in because it took a minute to load.
On the other hand if your playing a game and the files being loaded are VERY LARGE then the difference is far too insignificant to warrant the price difference. I hope that helps.

I swear no one here reads older posts. I already posted the answer and now nobody takes the time to read it ^~^
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