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  1. #1
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    Buying an SSD......A mistake?

    Hello Everyone,

    I recently purchased a Western Digital 250GB SSD for my laptop and I notice virtually no change performance wise. The only thing different is that the windows experience index score went up. I also don't know if it's ok to install a lot of things on this drive either. I want to install GTA V, but it takes up 75GB of space and I'm worried that it will be too much for the drive. Did I make a bad purchase? I still have the old 1TB HDD that came with the computer. Do I need to re-install that hard drive?

    Laptop Specs:

    Intel Core i7-6700 HQ Processor (2.6GHz Base Speed, 3.5GHz Turbo Speed) (4 Cores, 8 Threads)
    17.3" LED-LCD Display (1920x1080 Full HD) (4K Ready)
    12GB DDR4 2133 Mhz RAM (Upgradeable To 64GB RAM)
    250GB WD SSD
    2 M.2 Raid Slots
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M Graphics (2GB Card)
    6MB L3 Cache
    2 Built-In Speakers
    1 Built-In Subwoofer
    Built-In Wireless
    M.2 Raid
    Media Card Reader
    Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
    Built-In Webcam
    DVD Writer
    Backlit Keyboard
    Built-In Phone Charger Port (Through USB Slot)
    1 HDMI Port
    4 USB Ports (USB 2.0 and 3.0)
    Built-In Bluetooth

  2. #2
    ROG Guru: Green Belt Array Rob W. PC Specs
    Rob W. PC Specs
    MotherboardRog Asus Rampage vi extreme
    ProcessorIntel i9-7980x Oc 4.6ghz 24/7
    Memory (part number)64 gb GSkill 3600mhz (8x8) 15,15,15,35
    Graphics Card #1nvidia Titan V + ekwb custom loop
    Graphics Card #2nvidia RTX 2080Ti on air.
    Sound Cardonboard?
    MonitorIAsus PA329Q 4k 32"
    Storage #1samsung SSD 960 EVO 250 GB. M2 nvme
    Storage #2Samsung ssd 970 evo 500gb m2 nvme
    CPU CoolerEKwb custom loop
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 900
    Power SupplyCorsair HX1200i 1200w
    Keyboard Logitech G910 orion spark
    Mouse Logitech G502 Proteus core
    OS Win 10
    Network Routerbt infinity super fast.
    Accessory #1 Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD
    Accessory #2 Aqeuaro 6xt fan controller
    Accessory #3 Intel Optane 280gb

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    Use *the *Ssd run your games from it, far quicker than hdd ( there only any good for bulk storage)
    You should notice quite a difference in performance.
    Yes it was a good buy.*
    I would have thought you could use the m2 slots as well?*
    Last edited by Rob W.; 06-09-2018 at 03:44 PM.

  3. #3
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    I can. I haven't purchased the m.2 drives yet...or learned how to configure them. I was under the impression that the entire system needed to have SSD's. I will use the current SSD for games. Do I need a bigger one?

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    TeamROG Moderator Array xeromist PC Specs
    xeromist PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)Dell Inspiron 15 7567
    MotherboardMSI x470 Gaming Plus
    ProcessorAMD 2600X
    Memory (part number)16GB Crucial Ballistix Elite 3600
    Graphics Card #1ASUS GTX 1080 Strix
    MonitorBenQ BL3200PT
    Storage #1Intel 600p NVMe
    CPU CoolerWraith
    Casecustom Antec 900
    Power SupplyCorsair HX1000
    Keyboard Logitech Orion Spark
    Mouse Logitech MX500
    Headset Plantronics 777 with Oregon Aero upgrade
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    I have used an 80GB SSD for games. You just have to do more work uninstalling or moving games when you have a smaller drive. So if you have a larger drive you will be able to store more games simultaneously. Whether that is worth it is up to you.
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    ROG Member Array Natey2 PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)Asus Desktop PC
    ProcessorCore i7 4770
    Memory (part number)16GB
    Graphics Card #1GeForce GT620
    Sound CardRealtek
    Storage #1Intel SSD
    Storage #2WDC
    CPU CoolerJust the usual heatsink + fan
    Power Supply350W
    Keyboard Asus
    Mouse Asus
    Mouse Pad None
    OS Windows 10 Pro with Hyper-V VM
    Network RouterAsus RT-AC88U
    Accessory #1 Realtek PCIe GBE
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    Jun 2018

    Unless you already have a server-class SAS drive, SSD drives are much faster than the usual SATA drives. They operate cooler too.

    Use a benchmark like CrystalDiskMark to verify the speed difference. Turn off Windows "fast startup" and you'll see a significant difference in startup/reboot times.

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