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Hi,

currently I am experiencing in a vast number of games loading times, that increase the longer I am in the game (for example Dragon Age 2, Two Worlds 2, Civ 5, Dawn of War 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2 etc.). Expressed differently: in the beginning loading times are extremely fast as it should be. After one or two hours gameplay they can already almost have doubled or even tripled. I am now wondering what might be the reason for it. Some facts:

- it can´t be a fragmentation issue since I use a SSD (Intel X25-M G2 160 GB)
- it also can´t be an overheating issue: due to very good cooling my temperatures are always low, even the GPU rarely touches 60 degrees Celsius under load
- Ram should be ok - I have been running memtest for several 10 hours, no issue at all

Which other reasons might be relevant? Could it be a hardware issue? Or maybe some configuration issue with Win7?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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VRAM filling up?
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thanks for this very quick reply.

If it was a VRAM-issue, shouldn´t it be completely software-related? So I wonder why this might happen with such a large number of games. Then again, I was running MSI Afterburner during gameplay: VRAM usage remained more or less the same and always stayed quite "far" from 100 % usage.
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Not sure then, I was thinking the games were using up your RAM on the GPU after a long time but if they're not... then I am clueless.
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Might it be, perhaps, somehow related to the SSD?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lead341 View Post
Might it be, perhaps, somehow related to the SSD?
Perhaps the NAND chips are worn out/wearing down?
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Thanks for the reply.

But what exactly is a NAND chip?
I don´t believe that the SSD has any physical damage - in general the disc is running well, and I also bought it about 1 year ago. So I doubt something is wrong with that. What I did yesterday was installing the newest firmware-driver.
Yet until now I couldn´t see that much difference.
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Have you run the Intel SSD toolbox lately
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Does your drive support TRIM? Is the feature enabled in the OS?

Without TRIM or decent garbage collection SSDs gradually slow down because they avoid actually erasing anything until the last possible minute (read-write-erase is much slower than just writing to a new block).

If you just updated the firmware from one that didn't support TRIM to one that does, it could take a while for performance to be restored. You may be best off backing up stuff and secure erasing the drive, then putting everything back on it.

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Perhaps the NAND chips are worn out/wearing down?
This usually doesn't have anything to do with speed of the drive.

Old NAND should be every bit as fast as new NAND, it just won't retain data as long.

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But what exactly is a NAND chip?
A die or dies of NAND flash packaged together; the physical medium that stores data on an SSD.
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