One of the most common questions that gamers ask is, “do SSDs improve FPS?” If you’re one of these people, this blog post will answer your question! In this article, we’ll be discussing how an SSD improves a computer’s performance and what it means to game on an SSD. We’ll also talk about whether or not it’s worth upgrading from a hard drive to a Solid State Driver. So read on for all the answers!
Does an SSD Improve FPS?
There’s no clear answer to this question. While there are plenty of anecdotal reports from gamers and from those who have done side-by-side comparisons, it can be hard to find a definitive conclusion as these type of tests don’t always provide statistical evidence that one is better than the other in all cases.
In the end, though, the answer to this question is not a straightforward “yes”. An SSD will improve performance in some cases, but it won’t fix poor FPS. In order for the improvement to be significant, players would need a powerful SSD with at least 275 MB/s and have their game installed on that drive. If your computer has one of those two requirements, then yes-it does make a difference!
In the large majority of the cases though, they do not boost FPS, if you have a nearly full HDD then yes moving the game to an empty or relatively empty SSD may help a tiny bit with FPS but the biggest benefit of having games installed in your SSD is not the FPS Gains, it’s the insanely fast loading times.
The loading times can go from 30 seconds down to 1-2 seconds and I’m not even joking! They make a massive difference, especially on very hardware demanding games. Games with long loading times will benefit massively from moving from an HDD to a Solid State Driver.
While It most likely will not improve FPS by itself because it’s just one component, it can help with loading times which make games feel more responsive and immersive.
Do games run faster on SSD?
Yes! They help with loading times and overall performance.
*Many gamers report that loading times are sped up by as much as 50%. Games can load in a fraction of the time it would take for an HDD to get them going.*
The other positive aspect is improved gameplay because your system doesn’t have to wait on assets from a hard drive when they’re needed – everything’s available right away! This means you’ll spend less time waiting and more time gaming.
SSD vs HDD For Gaming
In terms of price, an SSD is obviously more expensive than a HDD. You would have to spend at least $65 or so for an entry-level 256GB drive, and you’ll probably want the next step up which means around $90. And if there’s any chance of your budget going over that, we’d suggest looking into higher capacity drives as well since they’re still much cheaper per GB than buying multiple lower capacity ones. M.2 options are even more expensive.
HDD are relatively cheap, but they are much slower and have a lower lifespan than Solid State Drivers.
HDDs have a downside which is that they come with their own kind of mechanical wear where as SSDs do not; so this could result in reduced longevity when using them on a regular basis over time.
It may seem like no contest when comparing price points but what about in terms of performance? If FPS or Loading times matter most then it seems clear that getting a new solid state hard drive will be worth it right off the bat due to their fast speeds even with smaller capacities.
As for storage, the performance differences between SSDs and HDDs are not as much of a concern. The difference in price per gigabyte is significant, but when it comes to this particular aspect of computer gaming, they’re about equal in terms of FPS (because again, they’re not meant to improve FPS). However if you want your games to load faster than ever before, opting for an SSD might be worth it. Even though we cannot say whether or not a Solid State Driver improves FPS 100%, there have been many users who swear that their frame rates increased quite a bit after switching over to one.