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Anyone running Sims 3 on an SSD, and can give some insight on how it effected the way the game played in terms of load times and such. My sister is thinking about buying my Corsair Neutron 240GB drive to replace her slow 5400rpm mechanical. Im assuming itll make the load times quite a bit faster, but im not sure how much faster.
 

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Anyone running Sims 3 on an SSD, and can give some insight on how it effected the way the game played in terms of load times and such. My sister is thinking about buying my Corsair Neutron 240GB drive to replace her slow 5400rpm mechanical. Im assuming itll make the load times quite a bit faster, but im not sure how much faster.
Whoa... ummm... you will lose the limitation of texture/level loads entirely. The rest will be determined by her proc/gpu
 
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Yes. It would be much faster. La noire used to take forever to load on my hdd, but with my ssd it was just a few seconds. Same with other games. As binge send, it also depends on the rest of the setup.
 
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Echoing what has been said, your sister should see a massive improvement, especially coming from a 5k rpm drive. However, to truly capitalize on the SSD's speed, she needs a powerful CPU, because everything that Sims loads needs to be decompressed on-the-fly, including textures (and not just positional data and variables). That said, perhaps you could go for a cheaper solution if the CPU isn't mid/high end, and there's no upgrade planned for a while.

What are the full system specs?
 

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Echoing what has been said, your sister should see a massive improvement, especially coming from a 5k rpm drive. However, to truly capitalize on the SSD's speed, she needs a powerful CPU, because everything that Sims loads needs to be decompressed on-the-fly, including textures (and not just positional data and variables). That said, perhaps you could go for a cheaper solution if the CPU isn't mid/high end, and there's no upgrade planned for a while.

What are the full system specs?
Core i7 2630QM
Geforce GT640m 1GB
4GB DDR3(I think) Maybe more


Thats about it, with the specs that matter.
 
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Well, that's quite the computational horsepower. And it's not just the Sims that will benefit from the upgrade, the system as a whole will feel a lot snappier and agile. The HDD currently in use is a serious bottleneck here, and it's a shame (crime?) to limit a perfectly capable laptop like that. Maybe you could also pick up a 2.5" external enclosure for the HDD, if your sister's laptop can't hold 2 storage devices? There's always a need for more portable storage, I'm sure. ;)
 

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Well, that's quite the computational horsepower. And it's not just the Sims that will benefit from the upgrade, the system as a whole will feel a lot snappier and agile. The HDD currently in use is a serious bottleneck here, and it's a shame (crime?) to limit a perfectly capable laptop like that. Maybe you could also pick up a 2.5" external enclosure for the HDD, if your sister's laptop can't hold 2 storage devices? There's always a need for more portable storage, I'm sure. ;)
Maybe we will look into that. Im not looking to sell my Neutron 240GB till January so we have time to brainstorm possible solutions.

But jsut 240GB should be good enough for all her stuff, and a clean windows install. I know shes going to want to try skyrim and Game of Thrones: The Game too
 
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Having as much free space as possible is very desirable on an SSD. It's controller will use this space to avoid latency on random writes, and as a temporary storage when doing housekeeping duties (TRIM, consolidation, etc.)

If/when you sell off the Neutron, consider purchasing a Samsung 840 Pro, they're incredibly consistent while also being as fast as the GTX version of Neutron...
 

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Having as much free space as possible is very desirable on an SSD. It's controller will use this space to avoid latency on random writes, and as a temporary storage when doing housekeeping duties (TRIM, consolidation, etc.)

If/when you sell off the Neutron, consider purchasing a Samsung 840 Pro, they're incredibly consistent while also being as fast as the GTX version of Neutron...
I was going to get the 500GB 840 non pro to replace it and my Vertex 2 to have my games all on one drive. the Pro is a bit out of budget.
 

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I never timed it, but I have the game and it definitely loads much faster from SSD.
 

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I never timed it, but I have the game and it definitely loads much faster from SSD.
Thanks, My sister will be glad to have that. Takes FOREVER on the 5K drive she currently has.
 

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It would make a lot of difference if she has a lot of custom content/mods/addons. I've heard of some people having GB of added stuff and the game would take minutes to load on a normal HDD.
 

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It surely loads faster, and when zooming in and out of different locations, Those blank textures will load up more quickly.