The battle between SSDs and HDDs is something that has been going on for as long as we can remember. There is no way to overlook the fact that HDDs are a dying breed, and they will soon be replaced by the SSDs that are taking over slowly but surely.
HDDs are cheaper, granted. They also offer more storage for a lot less price but they are old and slow, and the speeds are also taking a lot of hits lately. Not to forget, the possibilities of losing your data is still at large. As opposed to traditional hard disk drives, you have SSDs, that is a lot better than you might think.
They are faster, smaller, and they are much safer, too. But their biggest caveat is in the form that they cost more than the HDDs, and the value per gigabyte is not as good. Which means that this can be an issue for a lot of people, in the first place.
However, when choosing either, one has to keep a lot of things into account because you cannot just pick one and forget about things. One of the most common questions that people ask is how both of these storage devices perform in gaming.
The answer is a lot more complicated, and that is what we are going to take a look at.
Do You Need an SSD for Gaming or Are You Okay With an HDD?
Now comes the big question. Should you be spending a lot of the money on your SSD and getting more storage or games are going to be fine on your HDD? Well, first things first. This article is not going to tell you that you should go for one over the other. We believe that having an SSD and HDD is the right way to go.
For starters, HDDs are a lot cheaper, imagine getting an 8TB HDD for a lot cheaper as compared to what you would normally spend on an SSD that has 8TB capacity. Now, the SSDs are generally going to improve the boot times and loading times of your games and windows, but aside from that, it’s all going to be the same.
If someone has told you that an SSD is going to help you increase the frame rate, then there is no concrete evidence to support that, and I don’t remember the last time I realized that a game on SSD is running better than it is on HDD in terms of frame rates.
But what about people who only have SSDs installed on their PCs? Yes, that is also a valid question. I am one of those people, but I only have a single 1TB SSD on my game because I only install one or two games at a time, and I don’t need to have mass storage available, to begin with.
So, What Should I Do?
Honestly, the best thing that you should do is have both drives on your computer. You can use the SSD for the boot device, and installing all the applications, while you can use the HDD to save all the game files. There is not going to be a performance difference in terms of frame rates, so you are good to go in those terms.
Rest assured, if you are worried that you are going to get fewer frames if you install your games on a hard drive, then that is not the case. The difference here is going to be of loading times, and even those are so negligible that in most cases, you are not even going to notice that.
I would say that if you are looking to decide, you should keep a hard drive and SSD together. I have already stated as to why you should be doing that. Not only is it the smarter thing to do, but this way, you will have at least more storage available to you and you will not have to stress over spending a lot of money.
Rest assured, there are not going to be any performance discrepancies, and that we can guarantee you if you are worried about having poor performance. Because that is not the case.