twinpotter, on Nov 29 2019 - 04:38 PM, said:
Chatting with my friend last night. He as a desktop with multiple drives.
He as both sata and SSD drives. On the lone SSD drive is all his game installs. On his sata separate drives is his OS. He states that makes his games run faster.
Is that normal and should you do that anyway 🤔 Is there a big advantage doing this 🤔
As I was running out of hard disc space some months ago I have bought an internal SSD drive.
On the SSD (2 TB) I have partitions for WINDOWS 10, GAMES and DATA. My two old SATA drives (2 x 500 GB) I do now only use as a backup or to store not so important things. That means that Windows does rarely need to access the slower SATA drives anymore.
Having WINDOWS 10 on the fast SSD drive makes a big difference in the booting time of Windows 10 (also programs load faster, and so on). I really didn`t expect that it makes such a big difference. Now Windows 10 boots within some seconds, before it has taken minutes. And it is the same old Windows 10 installation (that I updated from Windows 7 years ago) that I had mirrored to the SSD, it is not a fresh Windows 10 installation.
It also has a positive effect on having your games on the SSD.
Regarding GPL I also think it is "faster".
This German forum moderator sums it up pretty well.
SSD - Also useful for games
It's actually quite simple: Watch the hard disk light on your PC while working under Windows, or while playing games. For example, whenever something jolts in the game and at the same time this light lights up/flickers, this usually means that data is being read from the hard drive, but it is not fast enough. It comes to "reloading jerks", the game jerks because of the hard disk. Here an SSD can very often remove most of the jerkers, or at least weaken them significantly. Depending on the game, if e.g. data is constantly loaded from the disk, this can make a big difference. For games that don't load/not load at all, there's no/lesser difference.
In addition there is the size of the RAM. Accordingly, computers with less RAM load more often from the hard disk than computers with more RAM. Be it the data from the application/game itself, or data that Windows has stored in the swap file because of the low RAM, and reloads from there.
So it depends on the individual case, which PC you have and which software you use, whether you feel an SSD in the system strongly or rather less. As a rule, however, Windows reacts much better and runs more smoothly if it is installed on an SSD. Here an SSD with e.g. 60GB makes almost always sense. At the current prices, a 120GB SSD can also be used without any problems, and a few games/programs can also fit on it. You have to decide for yourself what you need or don't need, also with a view to your budget. Some prefer to have 20 games installed on the SSD at the same time (= large SSD), others prefer to play one game after the other (= small SSD).
Under Windows an SSD is noticeable by the fact that everything runs a little more fluently, windows open faster, programs react faster etc. In addition to the less frequent reloaders mentioned above, games also have faster loading times, e.g. if you go from one level/area to the next and a loading screen appears. This is also often much faster.
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