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NVMe vs SATA SSD vs HDD – Game load and file copy times tested

June 24, 2017 Jon 18 Comments

Samsung 960 Evo vs SATA SSD vs HDD: A comparison of benchmark speed, file copying, windows boot and game load times for an NVMe SSD, a slower SATA SSD and a hard drive.

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1TB HDD: http://amzn.to/2fWi4M8
Samsung 960 Evo 500GB: http://amzn.to/2gCvCMO
Crucial MX 300 525GB: http://amzn.to/2eZysKc
1TB HDD: http://amzn.to/2h282oS

Testing procedure:
The 960 Evo was loaded with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and all relevant drivers. The three test games were then installed. The drive was then cloned to the Crucial MX300 and HDD. All drives were then installed one after the other and the same tests run on each.

Times for game load tests were stopped as soon as a point was reached where human interaction was required (press enter to start, or press Esc to skip the intro animations).

The test system:
Intel Core i5-6600K
Asus Z170-A
16GB Corsair DDR4 3200MHz
Nvidia GTX 670

Again, apologies for not including a larger variety of games – I simply don’t have any more to hand that are much more demanding. I’ll keep searching through my old Steam library to see if I can find something that really hits the hard drive hard.

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  1. treepizzle
    June 24, 2017 - 9:39 am

    So. Nvme is really just better for moving files around. Not so much gaming. Good to know. I got one anyway and didn't notice a difference. I thought it was some setting I messed up. But apparently not.

  2. treepizzle
    June 24, 2017 - 10:01 am

    Great video! Thank you!

  3. PhantomPanic
    June 24, 2017 - 10:21 am

    Are the game levels loading about the same because there is a bottleneck somewhere outside of the SSD?

  4. Spurdo Dan
    June 24, 2017 - 10:36 am

    The SSD prices in my country are really weird, so a 960 Evo 500gb drive costs almost the same as a SATA SSD of similar (actually in some cases slightly less) capacity, with at most a 10-15$ difference.
    So yeah, as a result I'm planning on buying two M.2 Evo 960s and do a clean Windows install. Probably gonna put them in Raid0 just for fun (even though it has no benefit on games alone) lol.

    Thanks for the video even though I guess it doesn't really apply to me.

  5. Kenny Godfrey
    June 24, 2017 - 10:56 am

    Great video with crystal mark, copy paste and start up speeds comparison. Would have been nice if you had added more work related applications – eg : opening outlook with a 4gig pst file, opening hi res image in Photo Shop, opening Adobe premier, and maybe seeing what the difference is in video rendering speeds… Not everyone puts their games on SSD.

  6. xXSlo GamerXx
    June 24, 2017 - 11:11 am

    M.2 SSDs arent made for games… just for info. ;P

  7. TicWhack
    June 24, 2017 - 11:17 am

    Very helpful.

  8. Marcel Krebs
    June 24, 2017 - 11:43 am

    If a 960 EVO m.2 with 330k IOPs isn't faster than a MX300 then what is the bottleneck right now?
    Since the Samsung should be more than 3 times faster than the Crucial SSD in theory,
    what is holding the faster drive back?

    I don't think it's the RAM, and most likely not the CPU. Might be in part the old graphics card, but surely there most be more to it?

  9. Adam BRAHMI
    June 24, 2017 - 12:25 pm

    How can I display the "Good to go" logo on my computer like at 1:17 ?

  10. The Art of the Model
    June 24, 2017 - 1:15 pm

    Why is game load time on HDD almost as quick as SSD? My desktop PC has windows 7 and Sata SSD.
    Someone told me that windows 10 has reduced load time compared to windows 7. Is that true?
    I just ordered a new laptop/notebook with windows 10 and HDD. I am curious to see load times on the HDD.

  11. Billy Jean
    June 24, 2017 - 1:54 pm

    H**lo, is there a way to change the M.2 settings from Sata to pci-e ? Because I just bought the Samsung 960 evo (M.2) and pci-e is more faster than sata! Thanks

  12. omarzero
    June 24, 2017 - 2:03 pm

    Exactly what I was looking for, you really helped me make my decision! thank you!

  13. 북극곰 Polarbear
    June 24, 2017 - 2:58 pm


  14. Alvaro Martinez
    June 24, 2017 - 3:00 pm

    what program you use to chect the boot pc??

  15. LovSven2011
    June 24, 2017 - 3:05 pm

    Informative raw data for comparison and unobtrusive background music. I agree with @cryohelinc . Well done. BUT, —

    REMARK: I have never seen time denoted with separator semicolon (;) mostly colon (:). This wouldn't be much of a sin, but the same separator is between min. and sec. as between seconds and hundreds!! Decimal point/comma (. ,) should be last separator.
    _ At very least it should be "00;01;19.20" or "00;01;19,20", NOT "00;01;19;20"
    _ Ideally – most correct, IMO, is  "00:01:19.20".
    BTW You do have a Like from me, but I am a stickler for some details.

  16. Linh
    June 24, 2017 - 3:15 pm

    Thanks for making such a nice comparison video. Straight to the point and clear results! I'm curious as to why game load times don't benefit much from the Samsung 960.

  17. Kyle Patton
    June 24, 2017 - 3:32 pm

    You're testing with ancient hardware yeah? gtx 670? That's a 5 year old motherboard also. Does it even support x4 on a pci-e lane? The IOPS on the 960 Pro, the OEM sm961 and even the 960 EVO smoke a standard SATA III 6gb/s drive. Literally more than double the read and write speeds. Also, DDR3? What speeds? How many GB? I have a hard time swallowing any of this information.

  18. paul manning
    June 24, 2017 - 4:26 pm

    Great vid. Probably the best on this topic

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