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Old 21st September, 2005, 01:51 PM
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Question Does HDD effect Gaming Performance?

I use IDE 7200 RPM Stndard Samsng Hard drive. It's really a basic thing. If i switch to SATA, would it effect my in-game performance? I dont really care much about pre game loading speed. What am I supposed to look for in hard disk drives to know if it'd give "noticable" performance boost? Would a SATA upgrade aslo effect my windows performance vastly?

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Old 21st September, 2005, 02:19 PM
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I think it really depends on how much memory you have. If your only running 512 then your system will probably use the HD ALOT more for games as it runs out of working ram for not only the game but for windows and other apps that you might be running. Now let's say you have a gig..... I think most games today aren't THAT big and they'll probably load into memory and still leave enough left over for windows and your other apps.
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No difference.

Most SATA drives are still just PATA with SATA bridges on the back of them. There is no massive performance gain. Using a hot raptor RAID array makes things hot and creates noise, but does not effect in game performance.

Most games these days progressively update game data while playing. It used to be that a game would stop for it to load the next bit of game data, now they usually load information slowly in the background, well before it is needed, eliminating the hard disk as a bottleneck.

More RAM is a much better upgrade. 1GB is the best price / performance ratio, but 2GB is better.
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okay.. some sites e.g. seagate says SATA hard drives transfer at a rate of 3GB/s or something liek dat .. isnt that a lot? I think IDE is much slower. Oh btw, im currently using 1GB. And wats SATA 2? Can I use SATA 2 my current nf4 SLI mobo? .. im running da latest bios.

reference: http://www.seagate.com/products/interface/sata
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Sata has a maximum transfer rate of 150MB/sec IIRC. 3GB/sec is rubbish.

The best 7200rpm disks can transfer at 60-70MB/sec. They can burst their cache (2MB-8MB) at up to 150MB/sec. It makes little difference in games. Trust me, more RAM will help, and SATA ~ PATA difference is usually like 2% if that.
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The SATA 2 interface runs at 3Gbit/sec, which is equivelent to about 300Mbyte/sec.
However, the internals of the hard disk run much slower, so the bottleneck has never been the interface, but the disk itself.
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I was just gonna say the three meg speeds is Sata II. For a Sata II drive, you'll need a new line PCI-E motherboard.
A better HDD can help loading times dramatically. But unless your worried about your game loading in 77 seconds rather than 98 seconds, it shouldn't be a matter for concern.
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