What to look for when buying an HDD for games?

Discussion in 'SSD and HDD storage' started by Ryman, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Ryman

    Ryman Member

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    Geforce GTX 660 x2 SLI
    So I would like to buy a new 2TB HDD to store games on, primarily because I feel a little restricted with my current 500GB drive that's now several years old. However I also feel load times are little sluggish on the old drive, Crysis 2 in particular takes a very long time to load & stutters & hitches like mad after the initial load after which it smoothes out.

    With that in mind I decided to run Crystal DiskMark on the drive where all my games are stored & these are the results I got :

    * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

    Sequential Read : 58.531 MB/s
    Sequential Write : 56.194 MB/s
    Random Read 512KB : 24.438 MB/s
    Random Write 512KB : 27.655 MB/s
    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.325 MB/s [ 79.3 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.626 MB/s [ 152.9 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.536 MB/s [ 131.0 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.626 MB/s [ 152.9 IOPS]

    Test : 1000 MB [E: 85.9% (400.3/465.8 GB)] (x3)
    Date : 2012/10/11 12:03:27
    OS : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

    The little research I've done shows that HDDs with well over 100 MB/s Sequential Read/Write speeds are not hard to come by these days, would I see noticeable improvement in game load times & general smooth-ness with a new HDD? What should I be looking for when buying a new 2TB HDD?
  2. suture

    suture Master Guru

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    If you have a Sata3 port (and you probably have)
    A 128gb or 256gb SSD will be the best choice for OS/apps/games and use the HDD for regular storage (movies/mp3/downloads/etc)
    The loadings are blazing FAST. (++500Mbytes/sec sequential reads)

    Unless ofc you really want a regular 7200 rpm HDD, in that case, imho, its almost irrelevant the choice you make (speed wise).
  3. lucidus

    lucidus Ancient Guru

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    A WD Caviar Blue or Black will do fine, the differences aren't much these days.

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