A SSD Drive really help performance?

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#1 Edited by MasterHand (37 posts) -

I have an HP Omen (i7000HQ, 8 RAM, 1050 GTX, 1TB HDD)

When i try to run certainly games like Final Fantasy XV, the fps drop and have slow performance.

But in Youtube i have seen a lot of videos of my same laptop that run that kind of games in stable fps but with two upgrades:

16 GB RAM and a SSD for the operating system.

I want to know if this really helps, or my computer is broken or something.

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#2 Edited by BassMan (9290 posts) -

MasterHand marked this as the best answer

@masterhand: You are welcome. Selling it is a good move for sure.

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#3 Edited by BassMan (9290 posts) -

Games may stutter or hitch when trying to stream data on the fly. An SSD will help in that situation. SSD has no impact on your frame rate otherwise and will only speed up load times. RAM is the same thing as it has little impact on performance unless you do not have enough of it. At that point it will try to use virtual memory off your hard drive and you will get stuttering/hitching.

Personally, I wouldn't invest any money into that laptop as the specs (GTX 1050) are not very good for gaming. You should sell it and put the money towards a new laptop or desktop PC if you do not need the portability. Games like FFXV are demanding and are meant to be played on better hardware.

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#4 Posted by MasterHand (37 posts) -

@BassMan: What spec do you recommend

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#5 Edited by BassMan (9290 posts) -

@masterhand: Ideally, you want to target at least 1080p/60fps with high settings. So, you are looking at a GTX 1060 minimum for the GPU. I currently have a GTX 1070 in my laptop that I bought for $1249 USD a year ago. It will still last me a while with a 1080p/60fps target. I have it hooked up to a 1440p/144hz monitor and it does pretty well at that resolution on most games. My laptop is actually my secondary system. I recommend buying a desktop PC as a primary system if you do not need the portability. Desktops are cheaper, more powerful and easier to upgrade.

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#6 Posted by pyro1245 (4110 posts) -

What settings are you using in FFXV?

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#7 Posted by MasterHand (37 posts) -

@BassMan: I mean what processor ram and drive

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#8 Posted by MasterHand (37 posts) -

@pyro1245: I tried every settings, even in low the frames were bad as my ass

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#9 Posted by BassMan (9290 posts) -

@masterhand said:

@BassMan: I mean what processor ram and drive

Are you looking to get a desktop PC or another laptop?

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#10 Posted by MasterHand (37 posts) -

@BassMan: PC

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#11 Posted by mikecrci (38 posts) -

Yes.

Solid State Drives should be the only standard.

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#12 Edited by BassMan (9290 posts) -

@masterhand said:

@BassMan: PC

Here is a good gaming build for around $800 USD:

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Ppd6P3 (You can edit the parts list with the link.)

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($159.89 @ OutletPC)

Motherboard: MSI - B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ B&H)

Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.95 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.89 @ OutletPC)

Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card ($239.00 @ B&H)

Case: Deepcool - DUKASE V2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.77 @ Amazon)

Total: $812.47

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#13 Posted by MasterHand (37 posts) -

@BassMan: With that im okay for future releases too?

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#14 Posted by MasterHand (37 posts) -

@BassMan: Holy ****, if i just realized that it was a lot cheaper building a pc than buying a laptop!

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#15 Edited by BassMan (9290 posts) -

@masterhand: Yes, that build will last you for several years and is significantly better than your laptop in every way. If you want more gaming performance, just upgrade the GPU after or buy something more powerful now. Either way, you don't have to buy a whole new PC like you would a laptop if you want to change your GPU.

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#16 Posted by MasterHand (37 posts) -

@BassMan: Thanks man. I guess i have to sell this thing.

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#19 Posted by mrbojangles25 (42097 posts) -

As far as I know, SSD's will only impact load times. Can't speak for games, but Windows loads in about 10 seconds. Compared to what it used to do, which felt like a minute, on a standard HDD and it's a significant difference. My OS generally seems a lot more responsive, but I can't provide actual proof of that.

I did try one game, actually, it was Star Wars The Old Republic which has notoriously long load times. I saw a huge improvement in those as well.

But as for frames per second and other performance, I doubt an SSD or HDD makes a difference.

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#20 Posted by Antarte (330 posts) -

It is day and night. You need a SSD (from 240 to 500 GB) to hold the operative system + applications (including games), and an HD (from 1 to 2TB) to hold documents, videos, photos, backups and all kind of storage stuff.