How would an SSD improve my gaming performance? Is there any FPS increment after using SSD instead of HDD?

My System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Intel Core i7 3770
  • 8GB Ram
  • EVGA GTX 980
  • ASRock Professional M Motherboard
  • HDD 2TB (1TB+1TB)
  • How much of an improvement you get would depend greatly on what the rest of your computer is.
    – Frank
    Oct 8, 2015 at 23:28
  • I edited the question. Oct 8, 2015 at 23:31
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    SSD's improve loading speeds.. not really much else and are actually horrible for disk caches if games use them. They are not directly tied to FPS
    – James
    Oct 8, 2015 at 23:34
  • @James this sounds like an answer :) Oct 8, 2015 at 23:36
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    @James SSD are faster in most, if not all, read/write scenarios vs HDD (not as much vs hybrid HDD) so I don't see how they would be horrible as disk cache as their performance in read/write is not affected by what kind of data, or data space, they read/write... Oct 9, 2015 at 12:01

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How do SSDs improve gaming performance?

SSDs improve performance by reducing loading times, assuming the game is installed on the SSD, of course.

Do they somehow impact the framerate?

It depends on the game and how they were built.

Most games use streaming to load required resources from disk when they're needed. When your disk takes too long to stream those resources, you can experience objects appearing out of nowhere (pop up), or very low quality models or textures that are suddenly replaced by higher quality ones (pop in).

Rarely, a game may wait for a resource to be fully loaded before rendering. This can cause major lags when the disk is slow, or minor stuttering (or nothing at all) when the disk is fast.

Some games (especially older ones) don't stream at all. They just make the player wait in front of a loading screen until all resources needed for the current level have been loaded. In that case, an SSD neither impacts image quality nor framerate, only the time it took before you could start playing.

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