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Hey guys

Well my windows 7 performance scroes are dominated by my slow hdd. Was wondering if soemeone had done a test comparing SSD vs HDD vs hybrid SSD just for gaming.. Wud there be a notable framerate increase?
    
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No framerate difference, just a difference in the time it takes to pass the loading screen.

Games like WoW that constantly stream from the hard drive may be a bit better of an experience, however you aren't going to gain any FPS by going to SSD.
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Oh.. cool.. how good are hybrid ssds compared to ssd's?
    
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Oh.. cool.. how good are hybrid ssds compared to ssd's?

I have had all three, and while the SSD will load the game faster than the other two, you will gain no increase in actual FPS performance. The other thing is, you will load levels/maps faster, but unless you are playing an MMO where the first person in a level ususally gets better loot or something, you just end up waiting for everyone else who has a HDD. I play TF2 and SC2 and always load the maps faster than everyone else, but then I just sit there waiting on them, so...

The hybrid is good for laptop owners only. The form factor is specific to them, and as far as fast HDD's go, it's pretty much the fastest thing a laptop owner can put in their machine short of an SSD. The hybrid really only inproves upon stuff you do all the time, like Windows startup and small programs like Word, etc. I saw VERY inconsistant game loading times, mostly because 4 GB of NAND is simply not enough to load games, OS, and the other programs it tries to prefetch into the SSD.

My advice, if you play only a handful of games, and can absorb the cost of an SSD, get one. It makes the whole system feel fast. However, if you play a lot of games, and a lot of different games, go with one fast, large 7200 RPM HDD and make due with that for another year or so. SSD's are fast, but they are really expensive and the space you get it tough for gamers especially, mostly because the majority of new games are at least 10gb a piece.

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