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Windows 7: SSD for games

12 Apr 2013   #11
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

That is probably the least important thing an SSD will do. The most important is how fast your programs and applications will open, and how responsive Windows in general will be.


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12 Apr 2013   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

games have some of the longest loading times of any application you'll use. having games on your SSD is a great idea. the problem usually comes down to having enough space. the argument that games won't play any better on SSD is just downright silly. if you think about it applications like office and Photoshop won't run any faster either once they're open. so if you have space on your SSD I'd put your games there
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12 Apr 2013   #13
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I have what few games I play on my SSD, but I also have Windows on it too. Windows will benefit more from an SSD than games.....but if you have the room there's not really a reason not to put them on there.
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12 Apr 2013   #14
roboticarm

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yk7 View Post
Installed a few of my games on the SSD, and the performance is incredible! Things load at least 75% faster now.

Also I didn't end up installing the OS on the SSD. I couldn't care less about fast shutdown and start up times.
Good to know!

Although installing OS on the SSD is highly recommended, the decision is obviously yours. It not only speeds up start up/shutdown, but makes Windows a LOT faster to use. If you still dont want your OS on the SSD, you should at least put the pagefile on the SSD.
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12 Apr 2013   #15
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I have 2 computers. Both run the OS from the SSD. Both have the exact games installed. One has them installed on an SSD, the other has them installed on a mechanical hard drive. The games on the SSD load a lot faster than on the other computer. But, the game play is the same for either one. Due to the fact that you use the OS more than games, it makes more sense to have the OS and programs on the SSD. Everything is more responsive and opens almost immediately. If you have room on the SSD or a spare SSD, load your games on there for sure. But, if you do not have the room for both, it is much more important to have the OS and programs on the SSD.
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12 Apr 2013   #16
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I have 2 computers. Both run the OS from the SSD. Both have the exact games installed. One has them installed on an SSD, the other has them installed on a mechanical hard drive. The games on the SSD load a lot faster than on the other computer. But, the game play is the same for either one. Due to the fact that you use the OS more than games, it makes more sense to have the OS and programs on the SSD. Everything is more responsive and opens almost immediately. If you have room on the SSD or a spare SSD, load your games on there for sure. But, if you do not have the room for both, it is much more important to have the OS and programs on the SSD.
This is great advice people!
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13 Apr 2013   #17
yk7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roboticarm View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yk7 View Post
Installed a few of my games on the SSD, and the performance is incredible! Things load at least 75% faster now.

Also I didn't end up installing the OS on the SSD. I couldn't care less about fast shutdown and start up times.
Good to know!

Although installing OS on the SSD is highly recommended, the decision is obviously yours. It not only speeds up start up/shutdown, but makes Windows a LOT faster to use. If you still dont want your OS on the SSD, you should at least put the pagefile on the SSD.
What is the pagefile and how do I put it on the SSD?
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13 Apr 2013   #18
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
games have some of the longest loading times of any application you'll use. having games on your SSD is a great idea. the problem usually comes down to having enough space. the argument that games won't play any better on SSD is just downright silly. if you think about it applications like office and Photoshop won't run any faster either once they're open. so if you have space on your SSD I'd put your games there
Hi there
Agree absolutely.
With Photoshop for example I get Better response (By far) on an 8GB acer laptop fitted with a decent Samsung SSD and a "lowly" i3 processor than on a 16GB desktop machine with an AMD QUAD PHENOM processor and using a spinner.

(I'm in the process of changing that desktop around to use at least 3 SSD's now the price has dropped even for the 250 GB models and just keep one or two SATA spinners for Data).

For pretty well most people the BEST thing you can do to improve any sort of computer performance is to use SSD's instead of spinners. (Always assuming you have more than the bare minimum of RAM).

However I do have to add a caveat on games -- while loading the game is obviously far quicker with an SSD some of the modern high performance graphics cards offload a lot of the processing to the GPU rather than the computer OS itself so it could be that after the game has loaded the performance might not be as great as expected.

I'm not knowledgeable enough to comment further on this - perhaps someone with more experience on how these new GPU's work could post -- however the consensus seems to be that games do perform better when an SSD is installed.

For everything else you will certainly notice an improvement immediately.

Cheers
jimbo
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13 Apr 2013   #19
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Games will launch faster, and will load maps and things stored on the drive faster, but in-game performance does not benefit from being on an SSD.
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13 Apr 2013   #20
roboticarm

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yk7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roboticarm View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yk7 View Post
Installed a few of my games on the SSD, and the performance is incredible! Things load at least 75% faster now.

Also I didn't end up installing the OS on the SSD. I couldn't care less about fast shutdown and start up times.
Good to know!

Although installing OS on the SSD is highly recommended, the decision is obviously yours. It not only speeds up start up/shutdown, but makes Windows a LOT faster to use. If you still dont want your OS on the SSD, you should at least put the pagefile on the SSD.
What is the pagefile and how do I put it on the SSD?
Pagefile is the virtual RAM on your hard disk that is accessed very often in Windows so its access needs to be pretty fast for smoother experience.

Here's how:

1. Click Start
2. Right click "Computer" and click "Properties"
3. Click "Advanced system settings" and click Settings as I show below:

SSD for games-capture.png

4. Now click "Advanced" tab and click "change" as shown:

SSD for games-untitled.png

5. Now uncheck "Automatically manage paging file..." and select your SSD drive from the list.
6. Now choose "Custom" and enter the value shown infront of "Recommended" at the bottom in both fields.
7. Now click "Set".

SSD for games-3.png

Note   Note
Make sure no other drive other than the SSD has a paging file on it (Incase there is, select the drive and click "No paging file" and then click SET.

8. Click OK.
9. Restart to take effect.


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