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Gaming NewsJan 10, 2019 at 4:53p PSTby Frozen

HDD, SSHD, SSD, M.2 - speed benchmark of hard drives

Choosing the right hard drive shouldn't be limited only to its capacity. As the tests show, the different types of drives may differ much more (or much less) than we would expect.

Difference in pricing and in speed doesn’t have to be related. - 2019-01-11
Difference in pricing and in speed doesn’t have to be related.

The hYPERs team has uploaded two videos to their YouTube channel comparing the loading speed of several popular games on four different types of hard drives: standard disc (HDD), economical solid state drive (SSD), hybrid drive (SSHD), and expensive SSD NVMe with M.2 connector. The following models of drives were used for testing:

  • Samsung M.2 SSD 970/960 EVO 250GB (M.2)
  • Kingston V300 (SSD)
  • Seagate FireCuda 1TB (SSHD)
  • Seagate BarraCuda 500GB (HDD)

Results of the game loading speed test

 

M.2

SSD

SSHD

HDD

Watch Dogs 2

00:00:13.444

00:00:14.445

00:00:18.865

00:00:28.873

Rust

00:01:04.652

00:01:10.757

00:02:46.819

00:03:12.807

Grand Theft Auto V

00:00:27.288

00:00:28.389

00:00:51.041

00:00:52.576

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition

00:00:14.116

00:00:15.400

00:00:28.566

00:00:29.850

ArcheAge

00:00:10.733

00:00:13.216

00:00:36.650

00:00:41.483

Star Wars: The Old Republic

00:00:09.966

00:00:12.016

00:00:12.183

00:00:18.683

Guild Wars 2

00:00:06.200

00:00:08.933

00:00:23.183

00:00:27.216

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

00:00:06.150

00:00:06.350

00:00:20.650

00:00:21.250

The difference between an expensive NVMe M.2 SSD and an economical SSD is very small (ranging from just over six seconds in Rust to just two tenths of a second in World of Warcraft). On the other hand, the difference between even the cheapest SSD and HDD/SSHDs is usually huge. The test shows that HDD games load on average 2-3 times longer than SSDs.

The conclusion is simple. There is no point in overpaying and buying expensive M.2 drives, since cheaper SSDs work only slightly worse from the fastest options and are enough to defeat the speed of HDDs and SSHDs.

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