OS on SSD or HDD for a gamer

cycomantis

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I recently purchased an SSD upgrade for my laptop that I use for gaming. I already know which games etc I want on the SSD vs the HDD but what I'm having a hard time with is deciding if I should load the OS on the SSD or not.

The main place that I'm looking for the performance increase is with the games, what I'm curious about is am I going to see less performance increase with the games on the SSD if I leave the OS on my HDD?
 

Brillis Wuce

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Put your OS on your SSD. Comparing overall performance within an OS on an SSD versus an HDD is night and day, and you'll see zero bog-down in your games.

How big is the SSD?
 

SBMfromLA

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Hate to tell you this... but SSD's do not... I repeat... do NOT give you any performance boost in games. They just give you faster program startup times and data transfer rates... It's a waste to have an SSD and not have your OS on it.
 

cycomantis

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It is a 256GB so there should be plenty of space for the OS and the couple key games I want on the SSD.
 

cycomantis

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That's incorrect, if your running a game with a lot of read/write then you will see a performance boost. Mainly on open world games which I tend to play a lot of.
 

SBMfromLA

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Actually, you are incorrect. You will only see faster load time in levels... but in actual performance in games or FPS... NOPE!
 

Brillis Wuce

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Nice. I have the same size SSD, and I can actually put a lot of games on there. I've even gotten my capacity down to about 40GB, and have had zero performance decrease. Just don't fill it up past 85% or so.
 

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