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SSD vs HDD Test in 7 Games (Loading\FPS)

May 9, 2018 Jon 34 Comments

SSD vs HDD Test in 7 Games (GTX 1060 + i5 7600k)

Grand Theft Auto V
Rise of the Tomb Raider – 01:23
The Witcher 3 – 02:49
Mass Effect Andromeda – 04:05
Fallout 4 – 05:41
Project Cars – 06:56
Far Cry Primal – 08:44

Windows 10
Intel i5 7600k 4.5Ghz
GTX 1060 6Gb
SSD – Samsung 850 Evo-Series 500GB
HDD – Western Digital Blue 7200rpm 1TB
16Gb RAM

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  1. zack o zack
    May 9, 2018 - 10:22 am

    only loading times varies

  2. AV Gamer
    May 9, 2018 - 11:10 am

    I wish I had ssd but I have no money 🙁

  3. Marcin Biedka
    May 9, 2018 - 11:44 am

    Just Cause 3 HDD some problems with fast load textures and some fps drops SSD no problem at all .

  4. JeBron Lames
    May 9, 2018 - 12:10 pm

    Is m.2 ssd faster? Like the ones that you install into the motherboard such as the Samsung 960 m.2. Or are the other larger ssds better and faster such as the Samsung 860.

  5. Paride Iosca
    May 9, 2018 - 1:06 pm

    nonsense test

  6. Özgün
    May 9, 2018 - 1:41 pm

    Im using sshd 😀

  7. Unn magic
    May 9, 2018 - 2:17 pm

    Ssd win xd

  8. Agu Pinto
    May 9, 2018 - 2:28 pm

    Donde mas se nota la diferencia claramente son en los juegos de mundo abierto (Sandbox)

  9. Agu Pinto
    May 9, 2018 - 3:19 pm

    A penas hay diferencias no?. No se yo si merece la pena una SSD…

  10. Gameplay
    May 9, 2018 - 4:12 pm

    Am I need just to plug SSD to my PC or I must install the game on SSD?

  11. Soar21p
    May 9, 2018 - 4:48 pm

    Why not cs go

  12. I Commander
    May 9, 2018 - 5:11 pm

    Same FPS!

  13. Visilex
    May 9, 2018 - 5:47 pm

    you should oc your i5 to 4.8

  14. Joshtinn Sison
    May 9, 2018 - 6:12 pm

    If my games are in my hdd and i'm gonna replace my hdd to a ssd will my games be gone so i'm just gonna install the games again?. Noob here. sorry for the bad english

  15. Joshtinn Sison
    May 9, 2018 - 6:46 pm

    I'm gonna put my os in m.2 ssd and games in my hdd is that okay?. I can't understand s**t here

  16. Alessina
    May 9, 2018 - 7:09 pm

    absolute bottleneck is your cpu, which is permanently on the limit. I also play fallout and record at the same time, but my cpu is never higher than 40%. yours runs at 90%. I would remove and shoot her 😉

  17. Athul Joshy
    May 9, 2018 - 8:02 pm

    Do i need only ssd in pc

  18. Ignafiltro Sanchez
    May 9, 2018 - 8:09 pm

    You should had tested with a full drive, thing get interesting with HDDs there.
    I know games that are affected by the drives: World of Tanks (at least 0.9.XX and older did) The game stutters if you are running on a very slow (4k Random) drive. Probably cause the game is optimized to run on literally anything and loaded both audio and tank textures directly from the drive to save space on the RAM (it just took 2GB to play at 60FPS). Also, battle loading times are still affected a lot by the drive.

    Farming Simulator 17 and Transport Fever can take anywhere from 10 seconds to 5 minutes to load a map depending on your drive. Even more with mods. Btw the slowest drives are cheap 5400RPM laptop drives, not comparable to desktop drives. Drives get even slower if they have bad sectors or have been dropped.

  19. falt
    May 9, 2018 - 9:06 pm

    *Don't use the SSD for gaming!!!*
    Use it for boot drive so you can save on RAM by using a pagefile. Sounds like it would kill your ssd, but lets be honest, its not going to last your whole life anyway!

  20. seanpichay
    May 9, 2018 - 9:57 pm

    I would go with hdd slower but has way more storage for my games I use my ssd for booting windows tho.

  21. SWERVE Xx
    May 9, 2018 - 10:23 pm

    That ssd is more then my pc!!!!

  22. Joey_nINJJa
    May 9, 2018 - 11:13 pm

    SATA SSD from SATA HDD in a laptop takes Windows 10 boot time from a few minutes to around 30 seconds. To be fair, it was a fresh install, since I screwed up the boot on the HDD when trying to copy the partition over…
    Oh, and Ubuntu 16.04 boot time (same files and such) goes from around a minute to around 5 seconds. If only I could get it to stop asking for a password for the swap… speaking of which, for Linux users, you get a faster swap. I haven't specifically compared (I removed Linux from my HDD after copying over, because convoluted stuff) but the faster swap should prove helpful when dealing with devices with less RAM (like my 4GB).

  23. Saad Maqsood
    May 9, 2018 - 11:39 pm

    If I play Bf1 3 Hours a day. How Much DWPD would it be?

  24. Saad Maqsood
    May 10, 2018 - 12:30 am

    0:25 He use mouse with Right hand and writes with left hand. Coooooool

  25. Saad Maqsood
    May 10, 2018 - 12:55 am

    I would like to compromise for the Load time to save Money. Hard Drive Zindabad (Long Live).

  26. MojangYang YAN0014
    May 10, 2018 - 1:44 am

    U just reminded me of something terrible I have a 8g ram for laptop and I looked everywhere for another one and finally found a 1g ram which is useless than anything

  27. PlexusMC
    May 10, 2018 - 2:24 am

    Where are all your subscribers. You need more!

  28. mark strevens
    May 10, 2018 - 2:45 am

    Got 2 Intel 750 pcie for gaming so much better all around and no cables so saved space in my rig
    Did have 2 wd velociraptors 600gb model in raid 0 but ssd the way to go for now and the future as it help everyday gamer
    Never go back
    But great video very interesting
    And samsung 960 evo m.2 for Windows boot. As it's better for loading times for Windows and programs

  29. Luri
    May 10, 2018 - 2:55 am

    1:43 his face says: oh s**t!

  30. myplayre 854
    May 10, 2018 - 3:41 am

    if you run out of sdd

  31. Hayden Binkley
    May 10, 2018 - 3:49 am

    I'd like to see anyone test running 4tb raid to 2tb with 10,000 rpm drives do a test with an ssd seems fast at loading to me.

  32. AK*MA
    May 10, 2018 - 4:01 am

    misleading title…. M.2 is by all means no ssd

  33. Luc Konosuke
    May 10, 2018 - 4:49 am

    Below is everything i've learnt from using SDD so far.

    1. Much much faster loading, some objects ingame do load faster BUT 0 FPS improvement in game noted on a GTX 1080 with i7 7700k 16GB DDR4 RAM. More stable fps in online games.
    2. Less load on the ram. SSD seem to use less RAM, i'm guessing it must be the operating background programs completing faster thus SSD is best to run your OS on it.
    3. Less cpu temperature with SSD about 2-3 Celsius less, it's a lot, meaning less workload on your cpu. +1 for safety
    4. Looking at security. SSD will still work even if you accidentally drop it, or move it while it's operating. Why mentioning that? Because it can happen you move your casing while it's operating and stuff happens. SDD will live if such event would happen however a HDD could get a header damage or scratch the disk which is a R.I.P

    Advice: SSD run at a temperature of 55°C when not operating to 70°C-95°C during operation which can damage a motherboard. I'd advice you STRONGLY to have a very good ventilating system with airflow if you're investing in multiple SSD's. Have a Case Fan close to it 2-3inches and not further than this, make sure your SSD is set in a slot which is far from your motherboard or invest in expansion bay to modify your casing. HDD like seagate and such has a temperature that max at 50°C when operating yet another reason why SSD isn't so popular yet.

    Main problem with SSD? Freaking Expensive and too little space. The price of a 500Gb SSD is about x5 that of a 2TB HDD.
    Hint: I bought only 1 SSD with 250GB, put windows 10 on it and keep your configuration setting saved on the SSD
    what you can do then, is simply move only your most used / memory intensive application like games to your SSD, keep anything else like movies, set up files, music and downloads on your HDD's.

    Edit: SDD SHOULD NEVER BE DEFRAGGED. Defragmentation is a process to make 'disk-drive' move data around its platter in an orderly manner to be read much faster. Defragging your SSD will only help in reducing its capacity drastically, lower its lifespan or RIP it because SSD works on a totally different way than mechanical hard-disc drives.

    So anyone feeling comfortable enough to run Windows 10 or any other OS which can sometimes automatically try to 'defrag' your hard drive should be aware of this and turn off this feature. Why microsoft doesn't care about SDD and tries to defrag even on windows 10 in a SDD era? For those people who use 'cleanup' program such as:
    TuneUp Utilities, CC Cleaner, Asus Cleaner, etc. Make sure you pay extra caution if the 'optimization' features a de-fragmentation of your hard-disk because most of those software still may think that your SSD is spreading the data everywhere and tries to 'fix' your no-disk hard drive to a no-good hard drive.

    Hint 2: After learning that, i quickly reverted back to having my OS on HDD only keep a 'copy' of my most used games like witcher 3 on the SSD.

    Hope this clarify certain things about SSD and HDD for some people.

  34. Yow Mama
    May 10, 2018 - 4:51 am

    If you're playing R6seige you'll need ssd. My god

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