How Will An SSD Improve FPS?

How Will An SSD Improve FPS?

User Case

We had a client call us this morning to get a gaming PC custom built. His main question was – “What if I get a smaller SSD for my OS and just put all my games on a bigger hard drive..” We stopped him right there and said – “Mate, you’re best off having an SSD for your games as that really improves your performance in game and it’s FPS (indirectly).

Indirectly? How? Let’s see.

Solid-state drives have become much faster and larger in recent years, offering an impressive performance boost compared to their traditional hard drive counterparts. But what does this mean for gaming? 

An SSD can make a real difference when it comes to gaming performance. For starters, loading times will be drastically reduced when using an SSD, meaning that you won’t have to wait around for long periods of time before being able to play.

Additionally, the improved data transfer speeds of modern SSDs will also result in faster response times during games- which can make all the difference in competitive titles! Having more storage space available on your drive means that you won’t have to worry about running out of room while playing or downloading new content.

Investing in an SSD brings a lot of benefits for gamers looking to take their performance up a notch.

SSDs are best at : Yes, Loading Data Fast!

An SSD reads and writes data quickly, allowing for shorter loading screens in all your favorite games.

What about in-game performance, like FPS?

Now, FPS is mostly related to your graphics card and CPU – better hardware means better FPS, so while an SSD won’t necessarily or directly increase your FPS, it can help prevent hitching during big games like GTA or Microsoft Flight Simulator. 

Hitching is when your game locks up at random intervals as it struggles to load new data from the storage drive. If you’ve got an outdated or slow drive, this can cause performance problems in the form of low FPS and general choppiness.

It’s important to note that if you’re playing these types of games, opting for an M.2 NVMe like the Samsung 990 PRO may be necessary to get the best experience out of them.

An SSD will definitely improve game loading times, but it’s also worth considering how much faster they are than traditional hard drives when it comes to accessing and writing data while playing a game.

This makes them far more suitable for large open-world titles with lots of data streaming in on-the-fly. That said, even with an SSD installed you may still experience some hitching depending on how resource intensive a particular game is. 

Does SSD reduce game lag?

Installing an SSD can reduce game lag.

In most titles – World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls Online, or Guild Wars 2, an SSD can help with in-game performance and FPS. When graphics are set to maximum settings, it can take a while for the high-end models to be displayed on your screen if you have a slow storage unit such as a hard drive. – we’ve seen this a number of times!

Using an SSD obviously eliminates the bottleneck that occurs when data has to travel from storage to RAM and then onto your GPU.

This allows for quicker loading times and smoother gameplay without any stuttering or freezing caused by a slower hard drive.

Moreover, this makes it easier for the game to render higher quality textures quickly which reduces lag time significantly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Best Type of SSD to Buy for Gaming?

You’ll want to buy an SSD with a high read/write speed, such as NVMe. Our top pick would be the Samsung PRO 990 or Western Digital SN870X

Can I Install an SSD in My Current Gaming PC?

Yes, you can install an SSD in your current gaming console. It is an effective way to increase loading speeds and improve overall performance compared to using an HDD.

Are There Any Negative Impacts of Using an SSD for Gaming?

While they offer you that much needed boost – Yes, there can be negative impacts of using an SSD for gaming.

Performance may suffer due to heat build-up, and they are more expensive than HDDs. They also have shorter lifespans and can be affected by power outages.

Author:
I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...