If you are wondering whether installing games on SSD drives makes sense or you are not convinced yet, then we invite you to the article on this subject!
SSD media as a system drive and for programs is slowly becoming a standard. People using such a solution usually cannot imagine switching back to a classic disk drive and encourage their friends to follow in their footsteps. Faster start of the system, much higher comfort of using even basic programs – these are the benefits visible at first glance, penetrating the awareness of even less advanced users. However, a gaming-only SSD is usually still seen as a needless extravagance. right?
What gives the installation of games on SSD drives!
What not to expect?
You may occasionally come across claims that an SSD provides frame-per-second (FPS) gains, but don’t expect it. The only possible scenario where an SSD can indirectly provide a bit more FPS is described in the last paragraph of the next subchapter.
What can you gain?
Installing games from images is incomparably faster.
In online games, we usually appear on the map / board faster than other players, having more time to prepare for the game. In titles like World of Tanks, in the case of an SSD, we usually appear on the map at the beginning of the countdown, and in the case of HDDs – rather towards the end. The difference can exceed 30 seconds in favor of SSD.
In some titles (especially those based on Unreal Engine 3) you can observe the annoying phenomenon of loading textures before our eyes. An SSD is able to eliminate or minimize this condition.
One of the most interesting issues is the loading time of the games. Some tests show that the differences from disk drives are minimal, while others show that games from an SSD load significantly faster. Both tests are correct, and the difference is due to the selection of games. There are titles that do not benefit from faster transfers, but there are also games that can load noticeably shorter if they are on an SSD. The flagship examples are GTA V and Fallout 4. Gangster production from an SSD can load in almost twice as fast as from an HDD, and the loading time of radioactive wastelands from a disk drive can be up to five times longer than from an SSD.
If you’re gaming on a laptop, the entire machine will run less heat and this will give your CPU or GPU a chance to run a bit faster if thermal limiting was previously enabled. SSD drives (except for the most efficient designs for the M.2 interface) do not heat up too much, while disk drives emit quite a lot of thermal energy and can additionally heat other components in the laptop.
If our budget is limited, it is enough to stick to an SSD dedicated to the system and programs. When we have slightly more funds, a dedicated SSD for games or one SSD with a large capacity for the system, programs and games becomes an option worth considering.