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I have Skyrim installed on my HDD and used Steam Mover to move it to my SSD. I have around 60 mods on it and the loading time between the SSD and HDD is night and day. When I had it on the HDD, I could go get a drink of water and come back and it's still not loaded. Since the move to the SSD, I can now sit and enjoy the game faster. It's really good if you're impatient like me.
post #12 of 25
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As everyone else said, greatly reduced load times when accessing new areas.

How many seconds is it greatly reduced by? Greatly sounds like a whole lot to me. I've never played games on a HDD but watching Youtube videos, SSD generally doesn't really beat HDD a lot by loading times, at least IMO.
post #13 of 25
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I have Skyrim installed on my HDD and used Steam Mover to move it to my SSD. I have around 60 mods on it and the loading time between the SSD and HDD is night and day. When I had it on the HDD, I could go get a drink of water and come back and it's still not loaded. Since the move to the SSD, I can now sit and enjoy the game faster. It's really good if you're impatient like me.

Nice. But I don't have any mods. I guess I'll have to use SteamMover to see if there really is any difference.
post #14 of 25
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Nice. But I don't have any mods. I guess I'll have to use SteamMover to see if there really is any difference.

It'll still be faster than the HDD.
post #15 of 25
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How many seconds is it greatly reduced by? Greatly sounds like a whole lot to me. I've never played games on a HDD but watching Youtube videos, SSD generally doesn't really beat HDD a lot by loading times, at least IMO.

Depends alot on the rest of system components, graphics settings, and size of area your loading. If it's something small like a house, then the difference probably isnt that great.

Did some googling:
Here's a Western Digital Cavar Black vs Kingston HyperX 3K


Here's a youtube video of WD 5400rpm vs Intel MX25 G2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYpC7czuP2c
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Depends alot on the rest of system components, graphics settings, and size of area your loading. If it's something small like a house, then the difference probably isnt that great.

Did some googling:
Here's a Western Digital Cavar Black vs Kingston HyperX 3K


Here's a youtube video of WD 5400rpm vs Intel MX25 G2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYpC7czuP2c

Yeah that video's HDD is a 5,400 PRM, not 7,200.

What my original question was how much faster was it for you. What do you exactly mean by "greatly" in your case. Did you over see an improvement as in the Youtube video as in 13 seconds? If so, I would say that is "greatly," but IMO, 5 seconds isn't. If that is the case, I would leave the SSD for something more important.
post #17 of 25
Obviously it's subjective, but IMO shaving a few seconds off load times is definitely worth it. It's not like other games where level loading is infrequent, when your running around a large city entering different houses you will see that loading screen a dozen times.
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The difference for my system is staggering, especially when I first start the game up. On the SSD it would start in less then 5 seconds after telling it to load my last save. Now that I have it sitting on my 2 TB HD it takes up to 20-30 seconds to load because of the amount of mods I run like static mesh, Skyrim HD 2K Full version, Flora overhaul...all this makes loading from fresh start and any area I no were near when fast traveling take longer than hell!.

But with all the lastest expansions and HD DLC and all 26 of my mods the size of my skyrim folder is 17.9gb and I really dont like see my SSD that full when I only have 70gb free left right now. If I had 256gb drive it would be on there right now. And I even had a defrag program move the entire skyrim directory to fastest part of the disk and it still pretty slow. If your not using alot of heavy hitting texture mods then I would assume there would be a minimal difference as long as your system had enough free system and vram for the game to stretch its legs.

As with my current system the game uses 1.8gb of system ram with between 1600-2800mb of vram @ 1080P with x4 Adaptive MSAA and x16AF forced running at 48-60 FPS. But Ive noticed the skyrim stutter is worse with it running on my mechanical HD vs my ssd, could be amount of mods loading so much data.
 
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post #19 of 25
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It's not a big deal really. I have 128 GB SSD and I have 75 GB left with only Skyrim installed, the only game on the SSD. I had moved the rest of the games to my HDD a few days ago when I finally ordered a HDD. Before that I only used the 128 GB SSD (which is only 119 GB according to Windows 7) but luckily I download games extremely fast so it didn't really matter. But it's nice to have a 1 TB HDD drive now; I don't have to delete and reinstall games anymore.
post #20 of 25
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It's not a big deal really. I have 128 GB SSD and I have 75 GB left with only Skyrim installed, the only game on the SSD. I had moved the rest of the games to my HDD a few days ago when I finally ordered a HDD. Before that I only used the 128 GB SSD (which is only 119 GB according to Windows 7) but luckily I download games extremely fast so it didn't really matter. But it's nice to have a 1 TB HDD drive now; I don't have to delete and reinstall games anymore.

You might want to optimize the Windows installation. It shouldn't take more than 20GB if you did it correctly. I assume you have some other programs on there too, but you should have more than 75GB when Skyrim is installed.
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