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Windows 7: using 2 ssd's

23 May 2011   #1
vic46

win7 ultimate 64bit
 
 
using 2 ssd's

Hi
Been thinking about getting an ssd.The idea at the moment is to use 2 ssd's.
Ist ssd (60gb) for os+apps and second (120gb) for games.Does this sound good
or would it be better to stick with one ssd for the os.
Thanks.


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23 May 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You will definitely see a huge improvement loading games from the SSD. If you can afford the price of 2 SSD's, go for it.
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23 May 2011   #3
vic46

win7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thanks for reply pparks,I think I'll go with a 60gb for os for now then later get another one for games as the cost of one large ssd is a lot.
Thanks again
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23 May 2011   #4
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vic46 View Post
Thanks for reply pparks,I think I'll go with a 60gb for os for now then later get another one for games as the cost of one large ssd is a lot.
Thanks again
Hi there
I beg to differ slightly on the value of an SSD for gaming.

Games aren't I/O bound normally ("in the usual sense of loads of temporary files and disk writes").

OK they need to wait for User input but games once loaded and started aren't usually DISK I/O intensive.

Games benefit hugely from having a decent GPU where most of the work is done -- and of course a fast enough processor to handle the data stream coming from the GPU -- most modern computers that you would consider as OK for gaming would have a fast enough processor in any case.

I assume there is sufficient RAM in the machine of course. If not it's REALLY cheap now to buy some more -- I'm stuck in the UK this week (yet another volcano so no flights to Iceland at the moment) - so I bought 2 * 4GB DDR desktop ram for 2 * 35 GBP -- 8 GB RAM for approx 73 EUR / 100 USD - a bit cheaper than SSD's !!.

I even upgraded a Laptop to 8 GB RAM as well -- mainly for use with Virtual Machines.

Might be bonkers but it only cost 2 * 39 GBP for the 2 * 4GB laptop modules - so I have now ONE ACER aspire Netbook with 4GB RAM and a Dell laptop with 8 GB RAM !!!.

Where SSD's matter hugely is in scratch files for applications like photoshop where if you are processing large camera RAW files from professional quality DSLR's with loads of layers etc then this type of app which writes loads of data to temporary work files would benefit HUGELY from SSD's.

If you use VM's an SSD might also be a good idea - but for gaming apart from loading the game itself I don't think you'll see the improvement you would expect when playing it apart from having the Windows OS itself on an SSD.

So unless you use photoshop or use a lot of VM's I'd spend the money not on a second SSD but on more RAM while it's cheap.

Cheers
jimbo
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23 May 2011   #5
vic46

win7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi jimbo45
I see what you mean about games on an ssd.Just thinking that if all programs were on an ssd an overall improvement would be had,seeing as
other pc parts have speeded up so much.

Thanks
vic
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23 May 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As a moderate gamer on the PC platform, I can say that my SSD makes a big difference with gaming. When a game first loads from the hard drive, a large amount of data is read from the drive and loaded into memory and into the video card. Some games that used to load in 10-15 seconds, now start in 2-3 seconds. So, while I don't constantly start and stop games on my machine, it certainly is nice when I decide to fire up a game that I can get into the game in 2-3 seconds versus waiting for 15 seconds to get into the game.

I will actually venture to say that game loading performance increases have been the most noticeable change when going to an SSD. While apps like Office, firefox, paint.net and such are an improvement, they are nowhere near as dramatic. What really blew me away was how fast I could get into games like Call of Duty, Crysis, Wolfenstein, and StarCraft II.
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23 May 2011   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i agree pp, many games have 'loading' screens - i would prefer to be actually playing the game, rather than watch a progress bar slowly fill up.

some games, particularly rpg's such as fallout, dragon age, mass effect etc etc, have lots of these loading screens as you're moving from one location to another.

shooters aren't so bad in this respect - as pp says above, if you can afford it, then go for it! but do bear in mind that some games are huge space hogs - for example my copy of shogun 2 takes up 18 gigs!
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23 May 2011   #8
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I wouldn't recommend the 60GB ssd for the OS unless you plan on ONLY having the OS on there and moving everything else to another disk drive. 60GB is a lot, but over time you will come to find that you will loose a lot of space if you install too much to it. my SSD is 80GB and I've come close to running out of space, and I've put most everything over to another HDD! with 120GB, you could install some games and/or applications onto the same drive as your C drive and not have to worry so much about keeping everything from installing on your main
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23 May 2011   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm running an 80GB OS drive at home and I've never filled it past 50% capacity with a couple of games loaded. I think it all depends upon how much stuff you elect to load. I don't load a bunch of stuff myself.
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23 May 2011   #10
vic46

win7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi,
Thats why I was looking at having 2 ssd's eventually.My os and some other bits takes up 35gb while my games at the moment is at 62gb.Any new software would only be games so a second ssd would just be for the games.

vic
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