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June 22nd, 2013, 20:26
Originally Posted by GothicGothicness View Post
Regarding SSD as people already said, for overall PC speed, there is no upgrade that comes anywhere close, you'll notice a huge difference!

For games, only loading times will be affected.
That depends on the games and how completely assets are loaded into memory (or how completely they are even capable of trying.) You are absolutely right about the vast majority of games, but some games which have a highly extensible asset library (read - highly modable) might benefit greatly during gameplay.

Specifically, SSDs are credited with greatly boosting performance in games like Skyrim and The Sims 3. Generally performance could be expected to be improved in games which both load during play and for which the range of assets to be loaded is expected to be quite flexible. In Skyrim this mostly manifests as smoother performance when moving quickly - new cells are preloaded much more quickly. It is also going to be most pronounced when using either significant mods particularly texture packs and/or tweaked view and pre-load distances (ugrids setting).

Of course this benefit, aside from load times, will likely shrink on upcoming cross-platform games optimized for the new consoles and on PC exclusive titles. That is, the in-game advantages of SSDs might become less noticeable even in games which perform this sort of loading as it becomes more standard for them to provide x64 binaries (instead of just large address aware) and be optimized across available platforms to expect more than 4gb of RAM.
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