May 4th, 2011
Although I still don't own one for my gaming rig (gotta upgrade), solid state drives are wicked fast. The one on my newly acquired work laptop noticeably improves response times, all without the crunching sound that hard drives make.
When applied to gaming, SSDs can boost loading times by 4 percent and framerate by 6 percent, a recent study found. Not a quantum leap. But certainly a competitive difference, enough to "give the gamer the extra edge he or she is seeking," the report found, while improving overall smoothness.
What's more, the performance gap may be widening, says Samsung. "This report was done with one of our older drives (PM800)," a representative told me. "Our current drive (PM810 - pictured) has improved performance, so the metrics in this report would be significantly better if using that drive. However, the basic ideas of the performance benefits of SSDs for gaming would still hold true."
For those who have migrated to solid state drives, have you noticed a performance benefit while gaming?