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There are a ton of terms used to quantify storage performance. If you're a gamer, you have to be wondering how such dry terminology can apply to having fun. Rather than telling you, we're going to dissect three popular titles to show you instead.
SSDs cost a lot more than hard drives; that much is well-established fact. Depending on the drives you're comparing, the difference in price per gigabyte can be as much as 30x.
So why on earth would anyone want to buy a solid-state drive, then? Shave down Windows' boot time? Fire up applications faster? Accelerate file transfers? Sure, on all accounts. But if you're a gamer, first and foremost, you want to spend your money on the components that'll give you the best possible performance. And if that means giving up CPU or graphics budget to score an SSD, you want to know if the trade-off is worth it, right?

Anyone catch this article. Very interesting read. If not you should check it out.

http://http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-gaming-performance,2991.html#xtor=RSS-182
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Is it just me or does this article miss out on what I thought the moral would be - how much fast are SSD's in gaming THAN regular mech drives?

No side by side comparison?

Lame
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I'll live with slightly longer load times in games on a 7200RPM, cheap and reliable 1TB drive, over wasting money on some SSDs in software RAID for games storage.
    
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I agree, the article definitely needs a side-by-side comparison with a 7200RPM HDD like a Samsung F3 1TB.
 
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I agree, the article definitely needs a side-by-side comparison with a 7200RPM HDD like a Samsung F3 1TB.
I have done the side by side test when I was migrating my games on to an SSD. The WoW comparisons were amazing, the SSD screen would be fully loaded and populated before the F3 would be past the loading screen.
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Nice analysis of the technical side of things, but completely useless for an end user. Way to go, Tom's.
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I'll live with slightly longer load times in games on a 7200RPM, cheap and reliable 1TB drive, over wasting money on some SSDs in software RAID for games storage.
Neither do I 80% of mine are on HDD only the one's I play a lot are allowed space on the SSD's.
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Nice analysis of the technical side of things, but completely useless for an end user. Way to go, Tom's.
Nail on the head. I am amazed that before I found this place I took Toms to be the AUTHORITY on stuff like this. I even built the first iteration of my sig rig based on their advice (granted I have replaced every component now, some twice) but still....
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Nail on the head. I am amazed that before I found this place I took Toms to be the AUTHORITY on stuff like this. I even built the first iteration of my sig rig based on their advice (granted I have replaced every component now, some twice) but still....
Yeah toms is starting to slip
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Yeah, the slippage came when they were bought out by BestOfMedia or whoever they are. Back in the beginning they were great.

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