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SSD "VS" HD for gaming


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#1 OldPhil

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 10:24 AM

Curious if an SSD improves response time when gaming, I was asked and had no clue.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:04 AM

Well .. thats kinda a ' loaded ' question .. LOL .. pun intended ... Say you are playing a game that has to load ' zones ' or scenes then yes... an SSD is MUCH faster. There is almost no comparison to how much faster an SSD is compared to hard drives (they are that fast) But lets say the scene is more like a puzzle type game then no you would't notice much of a difference other than the loading of the game will be faster on an SSD.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:25 AM

A ssd will increase performance throughout. However, there is a combination of things to consider that can make gaming slow. A video card that is not very powerful that chugs along may cause latency issues because it drops frames. Gaming over wifi and running through dsl which is already higher latency stinks. Make sure the network is gigabit, NIC and router that is gigabit on the 4 ports switch as well as the WAN uplink is gigabit, modem that is gigabit docsis 3.0 for cable. DSL lines you want a dry line no voice and switched to fast path if possible. A computer that is quad core and 8 gigs of memory. You can't bottle kneck anything as the gaming experience will be bad.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:36 AM

Good points techno .. you bring up a lot of ' what if's ' and ' unknowns ' that could certainly effect online game play but the OP said nothing about gaming online and your suggestions point out very well the other possibilities that can lead to a poor gaming experience.  The same fact applies tho an SSD will and does load faster than regular hard drives are capable of doing.  That being said if all other unknowns are ' running smoothly ' an SSD will indeed make load times faster.






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