NVMe vs. SATA SSDs for Gamers

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  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix Super Tweaker

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    Great find, I feel totally cool with my substandard Intel Nvme which supposedly has the same speed as a sata SSD.
     
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    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    "So how come they took the same amount of time? Well, it's pretty simple actually; games simply aren't bottlenecked by storage."

    Although I could nitpick about their testing methods, I agree with the overall message they're sharing.

    Not only games, but most/all consumer workloads are NOT bottlenecked by storage at all with our current O/S, drivers and I/O testing methods. This video shows that beautifully.

    Circa 2009-2010 when the first 'affordable' SSD's began appearing I said the same thing about them vs. the best HDD's of that time (vRaptors...). People laughed. Peeps made fun (of me). No problem! :)

    If you want a fast (or faster...) system (no matter what your workflow/workloads are...) - get the most CPU you can afford and pair it with the fastest and most (capacity) RAM possible and run the latest/best O/S available now (Win10x64 Pro).

    The CPU+RAM combo is what does the 'work' in modern O/S' and programs - even in gaming systems. ;)

    That's not to say ancillary components aren't needed (like storage and GPU's for specific workloads) - but EVERYTHING gets a boost when the heart and soul of a modern computer is upgraded to a level to as much as you can afford.
     
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    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    When games can take advantage of Raid 0 SSD's ill think about NVME as relevant to me.

    Otherwise its just a method of saving space on an SFF desktop
     
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    ninja984 Newbie

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    Thanks for this. Guess i can save myself some money.
     
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    NVME, useless for gamers in all of it's essence.

    Load times in games are practically gone anyways, so there's also that.
     
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  8. Donald@HIDevolution

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    This thread needs more attention and feedback.
     
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    Depends on the game. For open world games, SSD is more advantageous. Games like Playerunknown's Battleground is notorious for botching textures unless it's on an SSD. Or just too much lagged "pop-in" of models. Otherwise for other games, where most of it is loaded into video and or system RAM a regular HDD will be fine.
     
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    Agreed...but SATA or NVMe? When you say SSD, do you see any advantage to the NVMe over SATA, regardless of the game?
     
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    From my personal, seat-of-the-pants experience, there is little to no perceptible difference in game load times between SATA and NVMe. The latter is useful as a boot drive and if you're doing activities that require a lot of disk access. Otherwise, I would happily trade speed for capacity, hence why I ordered a 1 TB M.2 SATA drive, rather than a 512 GB NVMe, for my 16L13.
     
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    True. Nvme vs SATA won't matter.

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