I just got an SSD and holy god

Oct 28, 2017
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I knew I was missing something, but didn't know it would change the speed of everything so substantially. I am a true believer. Got the Samsung EVO 860 1TB.

What are the big advantages with an SSD in terms of gaming?
 

laoni

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Oct 25, 2017
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Your load times on SSD are great.

I hope you didn't like reading those little tool tips they put on loading screens, you'll never see more than one or two at a time
 

Zelus

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Oct 27, 2017
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I knew I was missing something, but didn't know it would change the speed of everything so substantially. I am a true believer. Got the Samsung EVO 860 1TB.

What are the big advantages with an SSD in terms of gaming?
Yeah, once you go SSD, you can’t go back. Another big advantage is streaming. Issues with texture streaming are significantly reduced.
 

benbeau

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Oct 25, 2017
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Coincidentally, I just ordered a Samsung EVO 860 1TB yesterday and I'm really excited for it to arrive and get it installed.
 

LQX

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Oct 25, 2017
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I dunno why it aggravates me so much people still seem to need convincing how much of a change an SSD can bring to even an old system. And they're so damn cheap these days. It should be the number one upgrade for any older system.
 
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ExhaustedWalrus
Oct 28, 2017
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I dunno why it aggravates me so much people still seem to need convincing how much of a change an SSD can bring to even an old system. And they're so damn cheap these days. It should be the number one upgrade for any older system.
My system is pretty old (i5-3570k, rx470, 8GB DDR3) and I'm trying to upgrade piece by piece. It seemed an SSD was a logical, small upgrade that could make a big difference.
 

Jedi2016

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Oct 27, 2017
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What gets me about Assassin's Creed Odyssey is that there's still time to read a few tooltips. I probably don't want to remember how long it took to load before I got the SSD.

Older games benefit even more. I'm playing through Skyrim right now, and even it's first-load times are less than five seconds. Middle loads like entering a city or building is around one second, it just fades to a black screen and then right back up again.
 

Shadow

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Oct 28, 2017
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Yeah, it’s nice. I put long loading time games on my 1tb SSD and short loading time games on my 1tb HDD. Biggest thing for me was not the games though, it was opening programs like a web browser super quick and starting up the OS.

Anyone who’s still on an HDD for their boot drive should get an SSD asap while the prices are cheap. $110 for 1TB is worth it for the time saved and just general use.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I have a Samsung 960 EVO NVMe as my OS / Program drive and then a 1TB Samsung EVO 860 SSD for games. Never going back to standard HDDs.
 
Dec 25, 2018
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you'll appreciate it more when you have word docs or can load large PDFs in seconds compared to waiting for them to load.
 

Jake_Peralta

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Nov 3, 2019
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Welcome to 2019. Biggest advantage is the reduced load times. Longevity of solid states are a welcomed feature as well.
 

defaltoption

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Oct 27, 2017
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Yup can't wait for consoles to have them because not only will it be huge for them but its going to be even better now for pc since there's really only one game currently where a ssd is required. Now all games can fully take advantage.

For those wondering the game is Star Citizen, the game blows currently but its the first game to fully utilize everything an ssd offers
 

Feltrol

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Oct 27, 2017
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If I don't have a SSD but I want to get one, what do I need to install it? Do I need to reinstall the OS? Can I move files from the HDD to the SSD?
 

MadMike

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Oct 27, 2017
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Worth it for the faster boot times alone. The reduced load times are great, but I'm also really interested to see if/how developers take advantage of the technology on next gen consoles, and how raising that baseline impacts PC gaming.
 

GreenMonkey

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Oct 28, 2017
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I haven't (willingly) used a computer without an SSD since 2012.
This.

My first was an OCZ agility 80gb? I think. In like 2010. Had to put system on it and like 1-2 games at a time.

Had a 120gb Intel x-25m after that. And a 256gb at some point.

Had a 512gb Crucial in my quasi-gaming laptop for a few years (like $180?). It's still in the laptop even though I don't use it at all anymore.

Have a 512gb pci-e one in my Dell tower and a data one for a games drive.

I just ordered a Dell tower for my daughter for Christmas and was surprised a gaming desktop (even a $500 one) would ship with a 1tb HDD only.
 

LQX

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Oct 25, 2017
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If I don't have a SSD but I want to get one, what do I need to install it? Do I need to reinstall the OS? Can I move files from the HDD to the SSD?
Many manufactures like Samsung have free cloning/data migration software specific to their SSD. Install the SSD then just clone your HDD to the SSD. That said, you should still maybe back up your most important files in case things go wrong.
 

TaterTots

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Oct 27, 2017
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Used an SSD for the first build I made 5 years ago. The boot time for Windows and loading time for games is super quick. My new build has an nvme and its even better.
 

Nostremitus

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Nov 15, 2017
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No more stuttering in open world games as the HDD chugs trying to stream assets is the biggest thing, next to load times.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Glad you made the jump OP. I have been full SSD on my machines since 2011 with external storage being HD - it's absolutely worth it for the huge performance increase alone.
 

low-G

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Oct 25, 2017
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4TB SSD space, 4TB HDD space in my gaming computer. 2nd desktop 500MB SSD, 1TB HDD, 3rd desktop 500MB SSD, work laptop 500MB SSD.

The only thing I regret is not being able to dump HDDs entirely at this point.
 

Gwarm

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Nov 13, 2017
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Used an SSD for the first build I made 5 years ago. The boot time for Windows and loading time for games is super quick. My new build has an nvme and its even better.
Everything I've read says NVMe isn't significantly different than a SATA SSD unless you are moving extremely large files. Do you feel like you are getting an appreciable difference? I'm looking to do a ground up new build in the next two years and NVMe drives caught my attention, but I don't want to spend the money if it isn't worth it.
 

Ploid 6.0

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Oct 25, 2017
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I currently have WD Blue SATA M.2 SSD for OS, and 1TB Samsung 970 EVO NVME for games.

Some games just don't seem to need it like small indy stuff with already fast enough loading. Some multiplayer games don't give you a benefit of using SSD so I don't put those there unless it make sense (Warframe loads fast on normal SSD, while Anthem and Destiny 2 have crazy load times and have to be on SSD for example). It took me a while to find out which of my games needed to be on SSD but unfortunately some games have load times hard baked in with annoying unskippable stuff, and MP stuff where you're waiting on everyone to load anyway.

Looking forward to next gen and seeing console's removal of HDD speeds effect on PC games.
 

Calles

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Nov 1, 2017
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They have become cheap enough now that not having one is foolish. They definitely are nice to have. You come to love the speed.
 

Pipyakas

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Jul 20, 2018
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On an old system a SATA SSD would remove almost all storage-related bottlenecks
Load times would be much better, and streaming stutters would also mitigated subtantially
 

madmook

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Oct 27, 2017
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You're gonna enjoy using Windows now, too! Been using an SSD since the Windows Vista days, and that OS ran great for me. The exorbitant prices of SSD's back then were not very pleasant, however.
 

TaterTots

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Oct 27, 2017
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Everything I've read says NVMe isn't significantly different than a SATA SSD unless you are moving extremely large files. Do you feel like you are getting an appreciable difference? I'm looking to do a ground up new build in the next two years and NVMe drives caught my attention, but I don't want to spend the money if it isn't worth it.
The biggest difference is moving large data. I'd say Windows boot time is similar to my old SSD, if not just ever so slightly quicker. I also found they are easier to install. Just one screw and directly onto the motherboard. Prices are coming down for m.2 drives. I'd check the prices when you do start building.
 
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Radec

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Oct 26, 2017
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It's the biggest noticeable upgrade on a computer if you're coming from an HDD.
 

flipswitch

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Oct 25, 2017
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It’s most noticeable if you have your windows OS installed on it Glad you’re happy with. I’m still using my old 64GB I bought in 2013 :).

I bought another 1-2 years ago for putting games on.
 

Maximo

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Oct 25, 2017
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SSD's are so disgustingly cheap these days you would be crazy not to have even a small one just for the OS.
 

CatAssTrophy

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Dec 4, 2017
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I got the 860 Evo too last month, but turns out if you're on an AMD system that uses AMD SATA drivers the SSD will freeze up regularly.

Had to swap it out for Crucial but luckily it's got the same read and write speeds.
 

Feltrol

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Oct 27, 2017
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Many manufactures like Samsung have free cloning/data migration software specific to their SSD. Install the SSD then just clone your HDD to the SSD. That said, you should still maybe back up your most important files in case things go wrong.
Thank you. Do you know if NVM is better than SATA?
 

c0de

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Oct 28, 2017
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What’s the best ssd for a PS4 Pro?
Look at reliability tests. The SSD for a pro will be bandwidth limited, Sony doesn't allow full speed for any drive.
The gain you'll see is especially due to the fact that an SSD is way faster in terms of access times.
 

Droidian

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Dec 28, 2017
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I put a 128 GB ssd to boot in my first PC build. I just bought the 1TB 860 evo and reinstalled games into that.
Next time I do a build, for sure it's going to have an NVME to boot at least.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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I'm a newbie PC laptop gamer which has a SSD and the speed in which GTAV loads compared to the PS4 Pro I had is a holy shit moment
 

Hzoltan969

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Oct 26, 2017
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No more stuttering in open world games as the HDD chugs trying to stream assets is the biggest thing, next to load times.
I wish that was actually the case. Some games chug, no matter what. Jedi Fallen Order for example is terrible in this regard and I wouldn't even consider it open world.

Thank you. Do you know if NVM is better than SATA?
It is definitely better, but not going to be a huge difference in real world performance. I recently upgraded my 1TB SATA SSD to a 2TB NVMe one and even though synthetic tests show a 500% performance increase, it feels to me that the actual gaming experience is largely the same. Haven't measured anything though or tested extensively, this is just casual observation.