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How important are access times for games?

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hello ocn, just a quick question:

how important are access times from HDD's/SSD's for games? You knew some games who benefit of fast access times like the SSD ones?


thank you.
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Access times only really affect loading times, as your computer doesnt have to wait forever for that one chunk of data to come spinning around. Once that data is in ram though, it becomes superfluous and whether you have an SSD or HDD doesnt matter.

However, for things like Xplane 9, Minecraft, WoW, etc etc any game that has a massive amount of land area to be rendered or otherwise accessed, an SSD becomes more handy. For example, i am flying a very fast (> mach 5) aircraft at about 80k feet. At that altitude, the ground is still getting rendered by the flightsim, and it has to rapidly load each chunk of the world as i speed along. On a HDD, it has to wait for the files that contain the needed data to come swinging around, and then if the heads arent in position by the time it comes around, it has to wait again, which then results in the sim grinding to a near halt while waiting for the data to get to RAM. An SSD on the other hand, can access and send out that data almost instantly, and instead of stops and stutters, i get smooth flight from point a to point b.

It all really depends on the game/application in question.
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Like the mate above said, it only matters if the app in question constantly loads stuff from the drives.
   
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