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Windows 7: SSD for games

14 Apr 2013   #31
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have a 80GB SSD that has Windows and Applications only on it. Basically, everything that needs installed goes there (except games)

For games, I have a dedicated Hard Drive for them, as well as a small dedicated SSD.


From my experience, games seem to load a bit faster from the mechanical HD than when OS/Games were all on the same mechanical drive.
I think this is because that HD does nothing and only contains games, so is more responsive when needed. It has nothing else to do.

In regards to the games that are on the SSD, yes the do load faster. But once loaded it runs the same. Since games will run from RAM once loaded, the only benefit will be load times times.
Some games see a large benefit when loading, other games load up just as fast whether on a SSD or mechanical drive. Depends on the game.

I use my Game SSD for games Im currently playing or games that access the HD often (such as open world games since these benefit the most)



In regards to Pagefile etc ... Leave everything to do with Windows on the SSD. PageFile, Temp etc. You're better off this way. Putting games with OS drive doesn't really hurt or help. IMHO, the big issue here is that it just adds clutter to the installation.

I think your better off with a dedicated game drive or 2. Or a separate SSD for games if your really want one and leave Windows all by itself.
makes Imaging, Backups/Restores, scans etc much faster and keeps things simple in that drive.


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