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Finally have an SSD! BF3 and Skyrim load times still slow?!

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Thanks to OCN, I won a prize for a free Intel 520 cherryville 120gig SSD and just got done rebuilding my computer tonight after a boring several hours of reinstalling, moving stuff and tweaking SSD settings.  Once I finally got BF3 installed, I was anxious to see my LOOOONG load times drop compared to my WD Caviar Black AALS drive.

 

Well needless to say, I was a bit dissapointed that my BF3 level loads, even for just 32 player maps was still around the 15-20 second marks, though I didn't measure it with a stopwatch. I was also a bit sad that my Skyrim loads didn't seem to change much either. Oh yeah, Windows loads helluva fast now in comparison, but im not seeing the game gains I had hoped, or did I just have too high expectations?

 

These are my benchmarks after a fresh Win7 install and SSD tweaks.  Anything i'm missing? I haven't loaded SWTOR yet as that also had some long load times, but holding off until I figure out whats going on here, if anything.

 

 

SSDbench.jpg

 

1. Asus Maximus Gene-Z mobo already set to AHCI SATA mode and connected to 6Gb SATA port with 6Gb ASUS cabling

2. Initialized and formatted Cherryville SSD as MBR in Win7 on HDD OS build.

3. Couldn't figure how to NOT do 100meg boot partition on SSD and gave up and just installed Win 7 64bit home premium with Western Digital Caviar Black 640gig AALS disconnected.

4. Verified Hibernation disabled

5. Disabled system protection

6. Drive indexing disabled

7. Page filed shrunk to 500megs manually *running 8 gigs RAM*

8. Installed mobo drivers, video, LAN ect..ect..

9. Verified power options set to high performance, HDD shut down off and sleep all off

10. Ran Windows Index and got 7.2

11. Verified TRIM running

12. Disc defrag disabled * will run Auslogics defrag only on WD HDD*

13. Went into registry and disabled pre and superfetch

14. Disabled UAC

15. Ran full Windows update including SP1

15. Installed newest version of Intell SSD toolbox and Intel Rapid Storage Technology.  Ran Intel SSD optimizer

 

 

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Your drive looks fine. So the problem must be elsewhere. What's your internet bandwidth and your latency to the server? I'm sure that will also have an effect.
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I have 30mbps cable with around 70-110 latency most times, depending.

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I don't play BF3 online so I can't really troubleshoot any further in that regard. Your latency isn't the greatest, but it's not terrible either. It shouldn't be effecting your load times by several seconds.

Skyrim on the other hand should be loading a little bit faster. It's not going to be 2 seconds from click to sitting in the game, but it should be noticeably faster than from your HDD. But keep in mind that the first time you run it after a fresh boot it's not going to be as fast as the second time you run it. I notice this with my own SSD. It probably has something to do with Prefetch or some other form of caching. I only restart my computer about once a week, and after a reboot my games load slow on the first run.

So it could be that you are just expecting more from your SSD than is realistic. They are faster, but not instantaneous. wink.gif
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I don't play BF3 online so I can't really troubleshoot any further in that regard. Your latency isn't the greatest, but it's not terrible either. It shouldn't be effecting your load times by several seconds.
Skyrim on the other hand should be loading a little bit faster. It's not going to be 2 seconds from click to sitting in the game, but it should be noticeably faster than from your HDD. But keep in mind that the first time you run it after a fresh boot it's not going to be as fast as the second time you run it. I notice this with my own SSD. It probably has something to do with Prefetch or some other form of caching. I only restart my computer about once a week, and after a reboot my games load slow on the first run.
So it could be that you are just expecting more from your SSD than is realistic. They are faster, but not instantaneous. wink.gif

I agree with this guy. It has most likely got to do with the fact that its a first time load etc.
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When I first bought BF3, it had 2 problems:

Load Time between maps

Initial Load time

I was running 2x2GB Corsair Vengenances and a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 drive.

Going from 4GB -> 16GB dramatically increased Load Times between maps

Going from HDD to SSD (Crucial M4) increased Initial Load time by ~40%, but considering it was taking FOREVER on a HDD, SSD load still takes a bit.

I'll go test my load time for you

edit: NVM BF3 down for maintenance, tmrw or later if I have time (just got back from a loooong project)

edi2: Just cold booted twice, and it took me 36 seconds from the time the origin pop-up came up and said "Launching... Battlefield 3"

edit3: just read your OP (sorry it was long) and yeah, in-game map switching is mainly RAM-based. *Maybe* if you had faster RAM it'd be faster? I went from 4GB to 16GB (I was getting literally 1.5 minute load times BETWEEN maps...) and the improvement was so vast, almost didn't want a SSD... but the SSD helps initial boot times a lot
Edited by AchuSaysBlessYou - 4/18/12 at 2:01am
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The whole reason I bought my first ssd was for bf3 well and all the rest of the perks that comes with it, but ye had horrible loading itmes in bf3. I mean a game would start and by the time I would get into it, it would be like 20 kills in. Got a forc 3 120gb ssd and my load times in bf3 and skyrim are instant now. So it wont be your ssd thats holding you back.
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