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Are SSDs good for gaming?

#1jelly2008Posted 7/9/2014 9:56:39 AM
I recently got onto the SSD bandwagon. And I'm pretty impressed by the speed. Are there any SSDs that are suited for gaming? Just asking cuz I noticed SSDs have limited read/write cycles.
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#2ShubPosted 7/9/2014 10:03:23 AM(edited)
It's not like games generate extraordinary read/write cycles, and the life of an SSD is in the hundreds of terabytes, so it's practically impossible for it to be a problem unless you're actually trying.
By the way, it's not read/write that's limited, it's erase/write.
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#3JiazhenPosted 7/9/2014 10:03:00 AM
what exactly are you looking for? some gamer branding with flashy led's and flame stickers?

All ssd's are designed for general use, their lifespan depends on the quality of the ssd.
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#4Fade2black001Posted 7/9/2014 10:03:53 AM
All SSD's work the same way. They all just have different read and write speeds. Think of them as an internal flash drive. So no there is no such thing as a "gaming" SSD. Nor is there such a thing as Gaming RAM.
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#5DawnshadowPosted 7/9/2014 10:07:37 AM
The read/write cycle thing isn't as bad as it sounds-- read this. http://techreport.com/review/24841/introducing-the-ssd-endurance-experiment

To make a long story short, the drives they were testing did eventually start failing, but it was after they'd written over half a petabyte of data to them; in real life, even with heavy gaming use you'd be unlikely to hit that point.

SSDs are great for gaming, but you need to make sure you keep a backup-- when SSDs fail, they tend to go without warning, unlike a spinning drive. This is usually a good idea anyway.
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#6jelly2008(Topic Creator)Posted 7/9/2014 10:09:41 AM
Okay all. Noted. I'm new to this to this SSD tech. So I thought there'd be special SSDs suited for heavy duty gaming. :)
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#7temgunPosted 7/9/2014 10:10:37 AM
You mean actual game performance? It doesn't improve that, but it does reduce loading times drastically. Games like Skyrim and Sims 3 greatly benefit from SSD since those games have either frequent loading times or very long loading times.
#8jelly2008(Topic Creator)Posted 7/9/2014 10:14:18 AM
temgun posted...
You mean actual game performance? It doesn't improve that, but it does reduce loading times drastically. Games like Skyrim and Sims 3 greatly benefit from SSD since those games have either frequent loading times or very long loading times.


I meant drive durability for gaming purposes. But yeah, I'm impressed by the load speeds. Truly next-gen. To me. Hehe.
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#9TheEntitledOnePosted 7/9/2014 10:15:39 AM
SSDs are good for everything.
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#10temgunPosted 7/9/2014 10:20:20 AM
jelly2008 posted...
temgun posted...
You mean actual game performance? It doesn't improve that, but it does reduce loading times drastically. Games like Skyrim and Sims 3 greatly benefit from SSD since those games have either frequent loading times or very long loading times.


I meant drive durability for gaming purposes. But yeah, I'm impressed by the load speeds. Truly next-gen. To me. Hehe.


You shouldn't really worry about durability. SSDs nowdays last a very long time and it's more likely that your HDD breaks multiple times before your SSD dies. That particular SSD you have can last 10+ years.