Originally Posted by diggiddi
What is the best way to speed up game load times? All my games(approx. 350 gb) are on a 2tb hdd
Would an NVMe or AHCI pcie ssd be the solution ? Raid 0 SSD will be slower in random read write yes?
or could I use software like Primocache or elitebytes MaxveloSSD for the job?
Yes, it's actually a 950 Pro that's the NVMe PCI-E m.2 ssd. The 850 Pro is a 2.5" Sata3 ssd which is the same as the 850 Evo pretty much but a lot more expensive. The 850 Evo usually beats the 850 Pro in most benchmarks too. 850 Evo has rated read speed of 540mb/s while as the 850 Pro has 550mb/s read speed rating.
All the 850 series are Sata3 ssd's though Evo or Pro. You have to get a 950 series to get into the NVMe PCI-E ssd's.
When looking at the 950 Pro's, the size of the drive makes a big difference in speeds. The 256gb model has rated speeds of 900mb/s Write and 2200mb/s Read. Jump up to the 512gb model and then the Write speed is rated at 1500mb/s and the Read speed is 2500mb/s.
I have now installed a 950 Pro 512gb m.2 in my MSI GT72 Gaming laptop and that's what I have my OS and programs on. I will install the newest game that I'm playing on that drive as well if I want very fast load times. Then I have also the 850 Evo m.2 500gb SSD installed for just my games that I still play but ones that the load times are held back by the game as in Star Wars Battlefront or Black Ops 3. Those games the matches don't start until everyone is loaded and ready to go. So having insane load times for that game is kinda not needed.
Then for my older games and storage I have the 1 Terabyte 850 Evo 2.5" Sata3 ssd installed in the 2.5" bay. I like having multiple hard drives so the cpu can read from multiple sources at the same time with having 8 logical cores. It's a lot more efficient than just having everything on 1 ssd and trying to read from multiple spots at the same time.
I have not ran an I/O Profiler that someone has insisted I do or he doesn't believe me that the 950 Pro NVMe ssd is faster than a Sata3 ssd, but I'm not going through the trouble to prove to just 1 person that hasn't had a 950 Pro. The 950 Pro is faster at times then a 850 Evo or Pro Sata3 drive. I notice some things opening way faster or getting something done a lot faster.
At WORSE CASE scenario the 950 Pro NVMe drive will be just as fast as the Sata3 SSD's or faster. It will NEVER be slower as it has read speeds of 5x faster than the fastest sata3 ssd's and the write speeds are 3x faster. You will only see it be just as fast or faster. Now later down the road in say 6 months or a year from now it could end up being 5x faster once some companies code their software to take full advantage of the NVMe drives. Windows 10 shows about 20% more performance with the NVMe drives than if you were using Windows 7. That might be where some people are getting the info that the NVMe drives aren't faster than Sata3 drives. You have to have the software that will benefit from it or it is pointless.
Any SSD though will be a huge improvement over a mechanical drive for sure. I have tried to go back and use a mechanical drive just for storage on my laptop or desktop and I just can't do it lol. I hate when I go to access that drive and double click on it and it pauses for 2-3 seconds cuz it has to wake the drive up and start spinning again. NO WAY NO SIR. SSD'S FTW AND FOR ME ONLY
Here's some results in Read and Write speeds with my Samsung 950 Pro NVME PCI-E SSD