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Will FRAPS drop FPS if I game on SSD but record to HDD?

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Hey guys. I'm building my very first system soon and am getting a 128 GB Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD as well as a 1 TB Western Digital Blue HDD. I will start recording gameplay videos and will be editing/rendering them myself and uploading them to youtube. I will be using Fraps to record. I have used it in the past when I used to make youtube videos, but it would just drop my FPS by so much since I only had 1 HDD that I just stopped.

My question is if I were to save a game on my SSD and then recorded straight to my HDD, would it give me FPS drops? I also have a external hard drive laying around my house somewhere if that would be a better setup than recording to an internal one.

All your help is appreciated! smile.gif
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Yeah, your fps will drop. But not as much as with your old set up.
You'd notice a decrease in fps with any set up while recording.
    
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Yeah, your fps will drop. But not as much as with your old set up.
You'd notice a decrease in fps with any set up while recording.
Yeah, it's understandable that it will drop. But which do you think will give me a better experience, the internal HDD or the external?
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Yes, you'll notice a slight drop in fps. How much is determined by what game you're playing, and how CPU intensive it is. It was impossible to record for me before when I was just using one HDD, and when I got my SSD it was much easier. However on games that are CPU intensive you'll notice much larger FPS drops. While the HDD is a bottleneck because of lower write speeds than the SSD, your CPU is where you'll lose the majority of your frames. This is where having a larger core count or hyperthreading becomes beneficial.

EDIT: Just saw your update, the external will not be useful at all, since it's going to have much lower write speeds than your internal. Absolute best case scenario is to to play on one SSD and record to another SSD, since write and read times will not be a problem. However, you'll still get the CPU bottleneck and lose some FPS regardless.
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Internal HDD. If you really do need to frap to an external, I'd probably suggest a minimum of USB 3.0 type.

FPS drop is to be expected regardless of what setup that you have.
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get openbroadcaster software. you can either record to harddrive or stream it live to sites like twitch.tv with much less overhead than fraps.
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to answer your question, hdd read/write is slower than ssd but not so much as to be a bottleneck in comparison to the encoder.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I will be getting an i7 3770k, so that should benefit me. While I can afford an SSD, I can't really afford 2 atm :/ Maybe in the future when I am able to afford one I will definitely add a 2nd and speed everything up!
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One trick I found was to set FRAPS (or whatever capture software) to use exclusively one core, and to set the game to use the other n amount of cores, in the case of a 4 core processor, FRAPS on CPU 3, the game on CPUs 0, 1, and 2.
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One trick I found was to set FRAPS (or whatever capture software) to use exclusively one core, and to set the game to use the other n amount of cores, in the case of a 4 core processor, FRAPS on CPU 3, the game on CPUs 0, 1, and 2.
Thanks for the tip! I will make sure to try that out!
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I used fraps for years on DAOC and WoW. I noticed poor performance the more saved videos I stored. If I didnt go though them once every 2 weeks or so, I would start bogging down my Hard Drive. Also, expect to defrag that every 2-3 days to keep it so you dont get slower saving on your other HD. Until you get a SSD drive dedicated to this... maintenance is going to be annoying.
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