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Which of these two scenarios?

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Ok, before you yell at me, I've searched the forums but haven't found the answer to my specific question.


I'm new to SSDs and I'm wanting to know from which I will yield the best performance

1) One medium ssd (around 256gb) to partition into two, one for the OS and the other for Steam and commonly used applications

OR

2) One medium sized ssd (128gb) for the OS and another, bigger ssd (256gb) for steam and commonly used applications



I'm kinda leaning towards the second, I just wanted to know if I would get similar to better performance than with the first option
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You will get technically better performance out of two drives.
Think about it: gaming and windows at the same time on two partitions would mean reading and writing to one drive.
Gaming/windows at the same time on TWO drives would be reading and writing from TWO drives, effectively doubling your available read/write speed (in perfect conditions). However, it's very rare that you would be maxing out your Windows drive read/write speed.
You won't notice any real-world difference. SSDs are already blazing fast, and Windows doesn't usually utilize that much background SSD activity. I'd just stick with one drive, you don't really need much more speed than that.
Edited by Powermonkey500 - 10/10/12 at 12:22pm
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Performance will be unnoticeable b/w either. Opt. B will gain you more room tho. smile.gif
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I see you have 1TB spindle drives.. I would do this:

1 SSD (256GB should be more than enough) to install all of your applications and OS on. If you have a huge steam library, you can always install just those games to your 1TB black drive. There really isnt a whole lot of noticable difference accessing those games from a spindle disk. I would store all media files (pictures, movies, music) on the spindle drive.

If you are set on having all apps and games on your SSD, and 256GB isnt enough, get a single SSD (512, for instance). I dont believe there is any benefits to having 2 SSDs (one games, one OS/apps) or one SSD partitioned. The only reason I would do dual SSDs is if you had a 128GB SSD already, but all of your games/apps wouldnt fit on it, so you bought an additional 256 to install those onto.
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Originally Posted by yanks8981 View Post

I see you have 1TB spindle drives.. I would do this:

1 SSD (256GB should be more than enough) to install all of your applications and OS on. If you have a huge steam library, you can always install just those games to your 1TB black drive. There really isnt a whole lot of noticable difference accessing those games from a spindle disk. I would store all media files (pictures, movies, music) on the spindle drive

Cool, I'll go with this. I'm kinda dismantling my current build and going with a 3770k and Maximus V Extreme so I figured why not do everything at once.

I was curious about the partitioned option because that's how my laptop came. Partitioned 256gb Ssd and 750gb hdd.

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