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I recently got Red Dead Redemption and am really enjoying it, but the load times are kind of long. Would it be worth it to install the game to a storage device? If so, would the HDD or a flash drive be faster?
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Flash drive is faster I believe. I think mines on my hard drive, though. Beats disc speeds anyway.
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HDD as the flash drive is limited to 33mb/s USB speed.
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HDD as the flash drive is limited to 33mb/s USB speed.
Some people have run speed tests and the flash drive came out on top. Can of course be different for different games, although I doubt it would be that big of a factor.
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Some people have run speed tests and the flash drive came out on top. Can of course be different for different games, although I doubt it would be that big of a factor.
Yeah, in rare cases, like Halo 3, the load times from the HDD are longer (vs DVD).
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I ended up installing to the HDD because my flash drive wasn't going to fit it without removing everything. Load times are much quicker now. This is definitely a game that benefits from the install.
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Yeah, in rare cases, like Halo 3, the load times from the HDD are longer (vs DVD).
I'll just post some numbers.

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Disc:
Construct - 21.2 seconds
Rat's Nest - 25.1 seconds
Ghost Town - 26.4 seconds
Sandbox - 22.3 seconds
Heretic - 20.1 seconds

Hard drive:
Construct - 23.0 seconds
Rat's Nest - 28.1 seconds
Ghost Town - 28.1 seconds
Sandbox - 23.2 seconds
Heretic - 21.1 seconds

USB flash drive (Kingston DataTraveler 16GB):
Construct - 19.0 seconds
Rat's Nest - 24.0 seconds
Ghost Town - 24.2 seconds
Sandbox - 20.2 seconds
Heretic - 18.1 seconds
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post #8 of 19
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Some people have run speed tests and the flash drive came out on top. Can of course be different for different games, although I doubt it would be that big of a factor.
I doubt that is possible, the math being

USB 2.0 max bandwith 480mbit/s
Sata 2 max bandwith 3gbit/s (3000 mbit/s)

@OP Hard Drive is the faster way to go.
Or you could make a ramdisk if you have enough ram which is much faster.
If your experiencing long loading times try a ssd or look at your ram/ cpu clock settings.
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I'll just post some numbers.

Code:
Disc:
Construct - 21.2 seconds
Rat's Nest - 25.1 seconds
Ghost Town - 26.4 seconds
Sandbox - 22.3 seconds
Heretic - 20.1 seconds
 
Hard drive:
Construct - 23.0 seconds
Rat's Nest - 28.1 seconds
Ghost Town - 28.1 seconds
Sandbox - 23.2 seconds
Heretic - 21.1 seconds
 
USB flash drive (Kingston DataTraveler 16GB):
Construct - 19.0 seconds
Rat's Nest - 24.0 seconds
Ghost Town - 24.2 seconds
Sandbox - 20.2 seconds
Heretic - 18.1 seconds
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I doubt that is possible, the math being

USB 2.0 max bandwith 480mbit/s
Sata 2 max bandwith 3gbit/s (3000 mbit/s)

@OP Hard Drive is the faster way to go.
Or you could make a ramdisk if you have enough ram which is much faster.
If your experiencing long loading times try a ssd or look at your ram/ cpu clock settings.
Yeah, only in rare instances would a flash drive outperform a HDD (random IOPS?)
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I doubt that is possible, the math being

USB 2.0 max bandwith 480mbit/s
Sata 2 max bandwith 3gbit/s (3000 mbit/s)

@OP Hard Drive is the faster way to go.
Or you could make a ramdisk if you have enough ram which is much faster.
If your experiencing long loading times try a ssd or look at your ram/ cpu clock settings.

The question here is does an Xbox hard drive use SATA 2? I know there is a normal SATA hard drive inside the Xbox 360 hard drive enclosure, but they use a proprietary connector where you plug it into the 360, so how do we know the speed?

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Originally Posted by pr0bie View Post
If your experiencing long loading times try a ssd or look at your ram/ cpu clock settings.
...You realize this is the Xbox forum, right?
Edited by Redmist - 6/9/10 at 9:42pm
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