Are SSDs Good for Gaming?


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No, there’s nothing wrong with this video or your computer! I was just being my usual dorky self. You know, your computer can run that fast if you have the right hardware. There will always be slow components, of course – usually your hard drive. That isn’t the case if you have an SSD drive though! You might remember a few weeks ago, I did a review of Samsung’s stupid fast SSD. I was just flabbergasted at how quickly everything ran on my computer.

A solid-state drive is something that has no moving parts, and is just stupid fast. Many of you went out and bought your own SSD drive, and are reporting to me that you can’t imagine going back. I’ve noticed so much of a speed increase on my computer since changing over to the Samsung SSD. Programs that use a lot of data – like my instant messenger program – are just lightning fast compared to what they were on a regular drive.

Many of you have asked ‘how is game performance on an SSD?”. Of course it’s faster and better! When you copy your game data over to your drive, you know that it’s going to have to read the information. The faster the read time – the more responsive the game is going to be. Game response on an SSD is great to phenominal. When you’re gaming, you want to keep rolling… so get an SSD.

Fine, don’t believe me? I decided to demonstrate using Need For Speed: Carbon. I’ve already copied over all 5+GB to the Samsung SSD. I chose a quick and easy race, since I’m not the greatest at playing things like this. Heck, I try though! What more do you want?

Remember, the game loaded from a 5GB app on the SSD… and it was ready within a couple of seconds. That’s literally all it took! Think about how long it takes you to load a game like this on your normal drive. You’re jealous now, aren’t you?

You know what you need to do. You need to get yourself an SSD today! Who knows what the future will bring… but the present is stupid fast!

Thanks again to Samsung for sending this to me. My life is just so much better now.

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16 thoughts on “Are SSDs Good for Gaming?”

  1. i dont understand how the SSD can be really that much faster, the drive u mentioned says it sports 3.0 Gbps speeds, yet if u look at the traditional Serial ATA drives , they all maintain at least 3.0 Gbps….. so how can you say that SSD is really that much faster ?

    maybe im overlooking something obvious, but it seems to me that SSD provides no real proformance improvements other than the efficiency of no moving parts

    1. its not, there’s data comparisons on multiple sites that a hdd and ssd perform identically, it will reduce load times but in game performance is zero, as the game is already loaded into memory at that point. people need some computer architecture classes. Most of these blog sites just say they improve gaming performance for freebees from companies.

  2. Did you know apple use Samsung SSDs in they MacBook Pro? So I got one and I concur, it is faster than my Mac Pro right now and the second use 4 Seagate HDDs 7200.11 in raid 5.

    One word : PWN-Awesome-Shiny-Overkill-Uberfast

  3. HI THERE YOU DONT UNDERSTAND ANY THING ABOUT SSD ITS ALL ABOUT THE READ WRITE SPEEDS NOT THE CONECTION TYPE EVEN THOUGH THEY SAY THE CONECTION IS AT 3 GB/S WHILL THE APPLES SAMSUNG 7400 RPM IS ONLY 105 MB/S READ WRITE SPEED THE 256 GB SSD FROM SAMSUNG IS AT 210 MB/S READ WRITE SPEEDS YOU NEED CHEEK THE READ WRITE SPEEDS NOT THE CONECTION THOUGH PUT

  4. HI THERE YOU DONT UNDERSTAND ANY THING ABOUT SSD ITS ALL ABOUT THE READ WRITE SPEEDS NOT THE CONECTION TYPE EVEN THOUGH THEY SAY THE CONECTION IS AT 3 GB/S WHILL THE APPLES SAMSUNG 7400 RPM IS ONLY 105 MB/S READ WRITE SPEED THE 256 GB SSD FROM SAMSUNG IS AT 210 MB/S READ WRITE SPEEDS YOU NEED CHEEK THE READ WRITE SPEEDS NOT THE CONECTION THOUGH PUT

  5. hi there i use a external usb ssd for xbox 360 i can finish all 10 levels in 60 minutes flat or 6 minutes per level i am tring for 10 minute halo game 1 minute per level or 60 seconds

  6. ever heard of a DVD image? you might wanna create an image of your carbon instead of using DVD ROM device

  7. SSD good for READ data only. This may useful for gaming without patching and update for every week. Your data may loading faster because it only READ. But when SSD force to use WRITE process, they will exhaut and shorting their lifetime. I consider this since i built 60 PC with SSD for my friends internet cafe. In first 2 years it’s good and fast. But it getting slower after that.

  8. Please help me, i need to decide between which is more important. If everything else is the same specs what is more important a quad core processor vs a dual core processor or a HDD vs 8GB SSD? Same clock speed

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