Originally Posted by HJP
If i get the Green, will the only things affected be the boot time, and loading times in games? Or is it more than that?
I`d really appreciate any help with this..
May I ask what model of Green drive it is?
Green drives have a steep performance slope, so although they can work decently well, you do need to do a tiny bit of planning ahead.
Take a look at this graph - there's seeks all over the place between 15-40ms. That's enough that you may experience jolts in some games. Framerates could be impacted, and the game could feel slightly laggy. (depends mostly on the engine - UE3 based games will simply have blurry textures for longer periods of time, rather than having lag and framerate drop)
Now, if you plan ahead a bit, you can avoid this problem. You do so by creating a smaller partition and installing your OS and games onto that... When I test a small percentage of the drive (lets say 10%), we get a very different picture on how it performs.
Therefore, the solution is to figure out how much space you need (200GB? 300GB? 400GB) and partition that much. Then create a second partition and store other stuff on it. (videos, music, documents + downloads, etc.) Basically, anything that is not
in use while gaming. By doing this, the HDD's head will stay over the fast edge of the drive where your games are, and you'll get the performance you see in the graph below rather than the graph above.
There is one caveat. If you're off in your estimate, and have to start using the second partition for games and stuff as well, all you're doing is causing large slow seeks - you'd be no better off than with a single partition, so be accurate (or generous) with your estimates.