Up For Debate - SSDs Aren't Worth the Extra Money

Written by Ed SW on Sun, Jan 1, 2017 4:00 PM

Hellooo! And welcome to the finale of our almost week long bit on the trusty SSD! We’ve done our bit, we’ve told you about how HDDs work, how SSDs store their Data, why SSDs take so long to overwrite and erase their bits and the different types of SSDs out there for you to buy. Today in a finale befitting only to Game Debate, we hand it over to you to debate about! Are SSDs actually worth it over HDDs or SSHDs? Hell we don’t know, why don’t you tell us?

So this one's pretty straight forward. Which type of hard Drive do you go for when building your perfect rig? Do you go for the cheap storage and get a whacking great big HDD for barely anything and never worry about it again?

Or do you splash out and go for the SSD? Do you recognise your need for speed and sacrifice your bulk so you can have Fallout 4 loading as fast as humanly possible?

Or how about you go for the best of both? The majestic SSHD. Part SSD, part HDD. Giving you the power to put the things you use most on the SSD and those that barely see the life of day on the HDD.

Or is there even any point in that? Why not just pick up an SSD and grab a HDD when the time is right? Save on that extra cash while you get the ball rolling on your beasty rig.

You’ll just have to chuck us a vote and let us know! Which one do you prefer? Is it worth that extra money for the SSD? Or on another note, have you enjoyed our rundown of the SSD this week? Would you like to see other computer parts broken down and built back up in front of your very eyes? We’re in a solid state of all ears here at Game Debate. (and as always, in a solid state of bad jokes)

Which type Of Storage Are You All About?

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14:53 Jan-04-2017

please tell me guys
im going to buy ssd for my laptop
should i do ? or stay on 5400 rpm hhd
thx for help =)

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15:52 Feb-01-2017

100% get the SSD buddy!! I have upgraded my laptop hard drive to an SSD and the loading time is dramatically reduced, so is the loading time for all your programs. Regardless of what CPU you have, an SSD hard drive upgrade will make a big difference. I hope this helps mate :)

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16:18 Feb-01-2017

My laptop has a AMD A8 7410 APU so only a mid range CPU. (GB score 5)


Speed Comparison from BOOT to loading Windows inc all processes plus good security software.


5400RMP - around 2 minuets but sometimes up to 4 minuets
Sandisk SSD Plus - 30-40 seconds


Any future laptop i get will be upgraded to SSD's :)

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19:06 Jan-03-2017

I have both an SSD and HDD, but I put most of my AAA games on the SSD simply because its much faster than my 7200 rpm HDD. For example, World of Warcraft loads twice as fast on my ssd than my hdd. It can take anywhere from a min to two mins for me to load into Dalaran when its on my hdd. Sadly my ssd is only 250 gigs, so I have to manage which games get priority over others.

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13:36 Jan-03-2017

I have:
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 SSD - Boot + Software
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD - Games
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD - Live work (raw photos, videos, recordings, screen capture)
Crucial MX300 750GB SSD - Spare for random stuff
WD Black 4TB HDD - Local storage of files
External Lacie Porsche 2TB HDD - Work backups


Looking at a RAID 1 box now to back up photos and work, will probably throw in a couple 4TB+ drives in there.

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11:00 Jan-03-2017

I'll go for both. SSD's will handle the OS and maybe some open world games but the rest of my files and other games will go to HDD's. Due to it's reliability and capacity, important files and files that you don't really need to work on all the time will go to HDD's. However most modern games right now eats up 20-50GB's of HDD space so installing these games on an HDD will be more practical.

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10:55 Jan-03-2017

Ssd win in the long run because ssd don't break but hard drive are bound to break ssd will out live any hard drive but hard drive can get a lot bigger in size

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00:41 Jan-03-2017

only time i see ssd's worth it when moving multiple large files, and installing a game while play a video or song. hdd usage at 100% files, windows 8.1 begin to freeze and what ever video or song you playing, installing game gets corrupted.

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19:44 Jan-02-2017

Samsung EVO 850 SSD for OS and Apps (120Gb)
2x3Tb+1Tb WD Green for storage

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19:17 Jan-02-2017

Both! best of both worlds really, OS + long loading games on the SSD and everything else on the HDD's.

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19:40 Jan-02-2017

agree

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13:38 Jan-02-2017

I have:
OS Installed: Crucial SSD 250GB
[PURPLE] Western Digital SATA 1TB
[PURPLE] Western Digital SATA 3TB


I can't live without space, I don't need speed for whatever I do.
I use the 3TB exclusively only for games, currently 1.22 TB free of 2.72 TB.
The 1TB is for everything else but games (for now).
The SSD is basically for windows and the main softwares (Like Steam and DIscord).


I hope I'm not the only one around with dumb choices :P

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07:39 Jan-03-2017

My setup is pretty much the exact same


240gb ssd for OS and Applications
3tb hhd for games
1tb for media storage, such as movies, music, pictures


Works great for me

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12:56 Jan-02-2017

I have:
1x 750GiB Crucial MX300 for Windows and commonly used apps.
1x 60GiB OCZ Agility 3 to fill an empty SSD bay in my H440.
1x 1TiB Seagate SSHD for everything else.
I got the MX300 on Prime Day for a little over £100, and while it's not the fastest, it does a good enough job for me.

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14:02 Jan-02-2017

hey! i have the same ssd and i love my 750 gb!!!

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10:15 Jan-02-2017

I have a 1TB HDD separated into 4 partitions, 1 having the OS. And 2 other SSD's both 128GB just for storing select games where I need the extra speed. All good for me. :)

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09:52 Jan-02-2017

When booting takes only 4-6 seconds with SSD and loading games are super fast, yes its definitely worth it especially for online gaming where loading is critical.

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09:19 Jan-02-2017

SDDs are worth the $$$ for sure.

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09:16 Jan-02-2017

I see SSD for a few things



  1. OS - faster boot times

  2. Games you really enjoy and gains like for me its Arma 3
    The rest I use for my HDD which is still reliable

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09:29 Jan-02-2017

the only game installed in my ssd is CS-GO

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14:55 Jan-02-2017

How do you manage that? Or do you have no other games on steam? Since I can't find a solution to having steam install on both my HDD and SSD at the same time.

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16:17 Jan-02-2017

In the steam settings you can set install directories. I recommend leaving steam on the ssd and the games on either the ssd or hdd (depends if the game has slow loading times)

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07:56 Jan-02-2017

For normal gaming and use HDDs are fine but for content creators and developers SSDs do make a difference otherwise there is no need for 2sec faster boot time

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06:44 Jan-02-2017

M.2 is love.

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04:54 Jan-02-2017

I use 1x250GB SSD for OS only, 1x2TB SSHD and 2x1TB HDD (wd blue) for playing/watching games, movies, tvshows, comics, music etc. also got 2x3TB HDD wd red for storage.


Even tho SSDs have changed the game, HDDs are still good and worth it if you pick and build smart.

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04:32 Jan-02-2017

I've always done SSD for OS and HDD for everything else. Cannot beat that boot speed.

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02:23 Jan-02-2017

hey off topic question does a old psu bottleneck gpu

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03:46 Jan-02-2017

no. as long as the gpu is getting enough power then will be fine. however if it is an old psu then it might not actually be providing the power its meant to anymore.

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01:40 Jan-02-2017

I use two SSD's. All my storage is on a two-bay QNAP NAS.

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