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Quite a difference in FPS going up to 1080p. HDD upgrade question.

#1Toi1etDuckPosted 1/25/2014 4:03:03 AM
Hey,

I recently upgraded my graphics card and have been benchmarking a few things, the difference between my old card and this one is massive but I've also been testing going up from 1440x900 to a 1920x1080 monitor and the performance loss is much higher than I would of thought.

Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3Ghz
6GB DDR3 RAM
Sapphire Radeon R9 270x 2GB

Thing is I'm still using a 7 year old 250GB SATA HDD. I was wondering whether its affecting my performance at all?

Example of performance loss at 1080p.

Tomb Raider

1920x1080 @ Maximum Settings

Min - 37
Max - 58
Avg - 47

1440x900 @ Maximum Settings

Min - 48
Max - 84
Avg - 63

So, Tomb Raider performed on average 34% faster when running at 1440x900.

Similar results in Hitman Absolution, with a 27.3% loss in FPS.

Is this just the way it is or should I upgrade my HDD?

Thanks!
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#2PokenubPosted 1/25/2014 4:05:20 AM
Even if its not affecting the game, you should still upgrade.
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#3Toi1etDuck(Topic Creator)Posted 1/25/2014 4:15:03 AM
Is it worth buying a SSD for my main windows drive and a larger SATA HDD for a secondary drive or both SSD?
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#4TimePharaohPosted 1/25/2014 4:19:14 AM
What were you expecting? That's almost a third more pixels
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#5AsellusPosted 1/25/2014 4:22:20 AM
Thing is I'm still using a 7 year old 250GB SATA HDD. I was wondering whether its affecting my performance at all?

No. The hard drive is doing the same work at the lower resolution as the higher one, any performance loss can be solely attributed to your graphics card.
#6Pengu1nPosted 1/25/2014 4:25:50 AM
Toi1etDuck posted...
Is it worth buying a SSD for my main windows drive and a larger SATA HDD for a secondary drive or both SSD?


Yes. Thats what i recently did bought a 64GB SATA III SSD and used it as my main windows drive PC now boots and shuts down much faster and apps load faster as well i just have to to choose 'custom install' for non steam games and tell the game to install to the 1TB HDD and steam games install where steam is installed.
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#7ZeraphLordSPosted 1/25/2014 5:55:06 AM
you are drawing 60% more pixels to your new screen

hdd won't affect this, but ssds are pretty great

more gpu is what you want if you're not satisfied
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#8-5xad0w-Posted 1/25/2014 5:59:56 AM
Toi1etDuck posted...
Is it worth buying a SSD for my main windows drive and a larger SATA HDD for a secondary drive or both SSD?


Look into hybrid drives. (mechanical HDD with a smaller SSD built in that acts as a huge cache)

They offer better performance than a pure mechanical drive but cost much less than a SSD in terms of the storage space you get.
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#9Fear The ClownPosted 1/25/2014 9:29:40 AM
On tomb raider turn off tesselation if its on.
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#10Toi1etDuck(Topic Creator)Posted 1/25/2014 5:07:56 PM
Nah I'm happy, it's a decent mid-range card and runs everything I've thrown at it on Max @ 1440x900 at a nice 60FPS so far.

Only game that's AWFUL is Rome II: Total War... my god, I can't get much more than 25fps on Higher Settings. I can max out Shogun 2 @ 60FPS+ but not this one...
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