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Just as the title says. Is a good SSD more beneficial as a boot drive, or as your Steam/Gaming drive? Any help would be great. Thanks
Edited by Lazloisdavrock - 12/28/10 at 11:46am
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Boot drive.
It won't boost your FPS in games.
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I've also been wondering if there is any benefit to actually putting steam games on your SSD. I've heard something about steam still needs to access the network or something so you don't see any real difference between steam games on a ssd or hdd. Can anyone clarify?
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It's shorten load times, but that's about it for games.
    
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It will boost loading times and most other things you do.
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It will be most beneficial as OS boot drive. It will help with gaming to the extent that levels and such will load faster, but actual game play as in FPS will not be noticibly faster.
    
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I've also been wondering if there is any benefit to actually putting steam games on your SSD. I've heard something about steam still needs to access the network or something so you don't see any real difference between steam games on a ssd or hdd. Can anyone clarify?
Well yeah, in multiplayer Steam games Steam connects to the Steam cloud or something to verify game infos etc so it won't improve your load times as much as on normal singleplayer games. It depends on your internet speed also.

That didn't exactly clarify anything but atleast I tried.
Edited by Izvire - 12/28/10 at 11:49am
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SSD's major improvement over HDD's is random performance. They do this 10-80 times better. Over 90% of your OS operations are random...


Game loads are a mixture of random and sequential... depend on the game. Some games benefit more than others. Some games with large sequential reads are actually better off a HDD RAID0.
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I had Steam and Dragon Age on my SSD. The screen during the loading each zone happened so quick, I couldn't read the tips on it fast enough. Last night I moved it all over to my HDD to get my space back and I about fell asleep during those loading screens it was taking so long.

I've often hear of people in FPS games getting into maps first.

And it's quite beneficial for OS and other apps too. On one computer, iTunes takes minutes to load. On my sig rig, just seconds.

And the first time I presented my sig rig to my wife, I cold booted it. 3 year old daughter called for help so I told my wife to stay there and see how quickly it'll load up. It was only seconds before I heard "HOLY COW!"

So I'd say it's beneficial both ways. It's going to depend on what you game and how important the loading factor is. Or it's going to depend on how important loading OS and apps are to you.

You can just have Steam on a HDD and just use Junctions to have a single (or more) game on the SSD. No guarantee by me though as I haven't tried it yet. http://www.overclock.net/ssd/825342-...-your-ssd.html
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Yes it helps with games, but you should use it for the OS, and install the games you play the most.
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