Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


xpd



Arrma Basher
10401 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

#150251 16-Jul-2014 13:49
Send private message

Looking at getting a 120Gb SSD (would look larger but budget dictates at this point), but wondering how I should use it.....  I'm bit of a gamer and those games live on a 250GB partition (E: - approx 120GB used).
All my drives are currently 7200RPM mechanical (Seagate/WD)

Common sense would say to use the SSD for the games drive, as thats where most of the thrashing/loading will occur.....  yet another bit of me is saying to use it for the boot drive and swap file......

So, poll time...

What do I use the SSD for :

A) Games drive
B) OS drive

TIA :)


PS: My PC stays turned on most of the time, and when I do need to reboot, its reasonably quick to load back into Windows.





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Powered by  

 

 


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
4386 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1089960 16-Jul-2014 13:56
2 people support this post
Send private message

Personally, I spent a bit more got a 250GB and use it for OS and games. All photos are currently on there too, but am in the process of moving all media onto the server/nas.
So it will be dedicated to just the OS and games and essential apps.

1046 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1089964 16-Jul-2014 13:58
2 people support this post
Send private message

If you're budgeting on SSDs sold in NZ, I would look at amazon and go for a 256 so you can run both your games and OS on it for around the price of a 128GB from NZ

 
 
 
 


835 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  #1089971 16-Jul-2014 14:07
Send private message

xpd: Looking at getting a 120Gb SSD (would look larger but budget dictates at this point), but wondering how I should use it.....  I'm bit of a gamer and those games live on a 250GB partition (E: - approx 120GB used).
All my drives are currently 7200RPM mechanical (Seagate/WD)

Common sense would say to use the SSD for the games drive, as thats where most of the thrashing/loading will occur.....  yet another bit of me is saying to use it for the boot drive and swap file......

So, poll time...

What do I use the SSD for :

A) Games drive
B) OS drive

TIA :)


PS: My PC stays turned on most of the time, and when I do need to reboot, its reasonably quick to load back into Windows.



If you're using Windows I'd put the OS (inc paging file) on the SSD and the games on the mechanical drive.  The reading of the game resources is generally sequential so the performance gain is less than the gain you'll get from the OS being on the SSD.  I did this for my son on an old laptop.  It ran Minecraft as fast as my Dell XPS15.

xpd



Arrma Basher
10401 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1089990 16-Jul-2014 14:31
Send private message

Andib: If you're budgeting on SSDs sold in NZ, I would look at amazon and go for a 256 so you can run both your games and OS on it for around the price of a 128GB from NZ


Good point... looks like I can get a 240 for around $130NZD and if its not free shipping, only a few $$ more.... so will look at that :)





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Powered by  

 

 


813 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #1089991 16-Jul-2014 14:32
2 people support this post
Send private message

I have a 250GB SSD, and a large HDD
OS + 'performance games' live on the SSD (separate partitions), with everything else (including standard games) living on the HDD


Mad Scientist
21885 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1090050 16-Jul-2014 15:36
Send private message

depends on what you do more. it is as effective for OS as it is for games. games load times will bottom out with SSD. everything else load will also bottom out with OS on SSD.

so if you game 100% then game on SSD
if you game <50% i'd go OS




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


343 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  #1090078 16-Jul-2014 16:08
Send private message

OS (especially Windows) all the way IMHO.

It's amazing how much quicker Windows updates occur on a SSD compared to a mechanical drive--especially on a fresh install!

 
 
 
 


15806 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #1090144 16-Jul-2014 16:51
Send private message

GregV: I have a 250GB SSD, and a large HDD
OS + 'performance games' live on the SSD (separate partitions), with everything else (including standard games) living on the HDD



This

'That VDSL Cat'
11941 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  #1090154 16-Jul-2014 17:05
Send private message

I.store most games on my hdds. Keeping my more frequently used ones on the SSD where possible.

With the price of ssds now, you may aswell spring a little more, get a decent sized one and preferably not the cheaper ranges.


Things like nvidias updater will.slowly eat away your disk space.




#include <std_disclaimer>

 

Any comments made are personal opinion and do not reflect directly on the position my current or past employers may have.

 


4025 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1090155 16-Jul-2014 17:05
Send private message

The OS for sure. You might cut down load times in games a bit but it will be nothing compared to how much your OS will benefit from the faster IO.
If you want to put games on it, bring them over to it from the mechanical drive via a NTFS junction point.

1429 posts

Uber Geek


  #1090203 16-Jul-2014 19:25
Send private message

You will get the biggest performance gain from putting the OS on an SSD, however, getting an SSD big enough to have both the applications and the OS installed can be useful - but I would put [game] data on a separate disk (it can be a slower one).





Software Engineer
   (the practice of real science, engineering and management)


9388 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #1090216 16-Jul-2014 19:34
Send private message

where is the best place the get them from in the US?

Mad Scientist
21885 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1090233 16-Jul-2014 20:06
Send private message

amazon




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


1046 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1090234 16-Jul-2014 20:08
Send private message

Jase2985: where is the best place the get them from in the US?


Amazon - Using the Geekzone Referral Link of course.

xpd



Arrma Basher
10401 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1090348 17-Jul-2014 08:11
Send private message

And Amazon have upto 20% of them at the moment....  I'm looking at a 240GB Kingston for around $140NZD delivered. 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Powered by  

 

 


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Vodafone and Imperial College London invite smartphone users to help fight diseases
Posted 9-Apr-2020 11:09


Unisys Always-On Access Powered by Stealth provides fast, encrypted remote access for workers
Posted 9-Apr-2020 10:00


Intel introduces 10th Gen Intel Core H-series for mobile devices
Posted 2-Apr-2020 21:09


COVID-19: new charitable initiative to fund remote monitoring for at-risk patients
Posted 2-Apr-2020 11:07


Huawei introduces the P40 Series of Android-based smartphones
Posted 31-Mar-2020 17:03


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip now available for pre-order in New Zealand
Posted 31-Mar-2020 16:39


New online learning platform for kids stuck at home during COVID-19 lockdown
Posted 26-Mar-2020 21:35


New 5G Nokia smartphone unveiled as portfolio expands
Posted 26-Mar-2020 17:11


D-Link ANZ launches wireless AC1200 4G LTE router
Posted 26-Mar-2020 16:32


Ring introduces two new video doorbells and new pre-roll technology
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:59


OPPO uncovers flagship Find X2 Pro smartphone
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:54


D-Link COVR-2202 mesh Wi-Fi system now protected by McAfee
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:00


Spark Sport opens its platform up to all New Zealanders at no charge
Posted 17-Mar-2020 10:04


Spark launches 5G Starter Fund
Posted 8-Mar-2020 19:19


TRENDnet launches high-performance WiFi Mesh Router System
Posted 5-Mar-2020 08:48



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.