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#1 bigdog1100

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

I play World of Warcraft. Does it make sense for me to get SSD to make it load faster or run smoother? My computer is new, has i5 2500 K CPU, AMD 6870 VPU, 6Gb/s harddrive, modern ASUS motherbard, etc.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX; Processor: Intel i5 2500k; RAM 24GB: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 4G GDDR5; Power Supply: OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply; Multi-card reader: Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB. Optical 1: LG GH22NS90; Optical 2:  ASUS BW-12B1ST; Fans: 3x80mm, CPU Cooling: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963. So there are total of 6 fans.
 


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:26 AM

it will by all info i read make it faster ,but as a Windows user myself im not sure what smoother means

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:46 AM

Windows 7 is extremely smooth. So it is a matter of the loading of maps. So will SDD be faster than regular drive considering the RAM load is always at 25-30% or less (8 Gig total RAM), and CPU is around 20% or less while the game is running.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX; Processor: Intel i5 2500k; RAM 24GB: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 4G GDDR5; Power Supply: OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply; Multi-card reader: Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB. Optical 1: LG GH22NS90; Optical 2:  ASUS BW-12B1ST; Fans: 3x80mm, CPU Cooling: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963. So there are total of 6 fans.
 


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:52 AM

A SSD as a boot and applications drive makes sense to me. I should mention that they are all I use as a boot drive anymore. I picked up a cheap WHS2011 system this year, the first thing I did was put in a 120Gb Intel SSD to boot from. That makes two desktops and two laptops and the Build I did for my brother all with SSD boot drives and regular drives as data drives.

Make sure it is large enough to hold everything with room to spare. I'm partial to Intel and Samsung SSDs. Before buying read user reviews. I suggest that as there is at least one brand of SSD that seems to get consistently bad user reviews.

In terms of speed when I researched the Intel SSDs I bought it seems that the larger SSds are also faster than the smaller ones.

A SSD will let windows and WOW load faster
it will improve responsiveness for anything that uses the swap file
If a game is always loading things from the hard drive then the SSD drives fast response time will allow a smoother more fluid game play since the loading will be much faster.

Since a SSD does not suffer from slow downs due to fragmentation like a regular drive does that helps too. They should never be defragged either.
A SSD has a flat transfer rate from start to finish unlike a regular hard drive where the transfer rate is influenced by where on the drive the information being read is located.

Hope this helps
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:54 AM

ssd will be faster ,but once it loads the maps into ram it going to be the same as if it was a regular disk type harddrive ,and to my knowlede it matters not if you have 8gig or 4gig of ram ,if the game is not written to use large amounts of ram efficently ,it will not matter much.

im sure someone with more knowledge and insite in this matter will post there thought soon ,to

Edited by caperjac, 06 April 2012 - 11:56 AM.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

Yeah I noticed that the game uses video memory a lot (as it should?), but everything else is below moderation if not low consumption, even for 64 Bit system. As far as the drive, I am not planning on using it for system purposes. I already have Windows on regular drive and don't want to upset anything by moving it to ssd. All I am going to use SSD for is my two games, at this time. So I am looking at 64Gig drive. I have a couple in mind, one of which is of course this one: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD). It is cream of the crop as I imagine. There are others:Patriot Pyro SE PPSE120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC, Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC, Etc. I am also not sure if I can use Samsung in desktop. So you can tell I am in my research phase at the moment. And I want to take it nice and slow.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX; Processor: Intel i5 2500k; RAM 24GB: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 4G GDDR5; Power Supply: OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply; Multi-card reader: Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB. Optical 1: LG GH22NS90; Optical 2:  ASUS BW-12B1ST; Fans: 3x80mm, CPU Cooling: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963. So there are total of 6 fans.
 


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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:33 AM

All of the SSDs I've seen have been 2.5" laptop drive size with one exception and that was a special case for a Thinkpad Tablet.

I just make sure to get a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter for mounting in the desktop case. A couple of times I spent a little extra for the drive to get the retail version with the adapter as a part of the package.

The last one a Intel 320 series 120GB I spent a little extra to get the whole bundle. Adapter, cables, and a USB3 to Laptop drive adapter. Since I have a use for the USB3 adapter.

Of the brands you listed I'd probably go with the Samsung. I have a couple of Samsung, a Kingston and the majority (5) are Intel for the 5 year warranty along with other reasons.

Good Luck
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