Whether you're upgrading your gaming setup or looking to build a gaming PC🌼, choosing the right storage drive could level up your gaming performance. Let's compare gaming with an SSD vs. HDD.
What’s the difference between HDDs and SSDs?
- Hard disk drives (HDDs) have been around for more than 50 years, and the technology behind them is well known and well tested. HDDs rely on moving parts with an actuator arm moving across spinning disks (platters) to read and write data, and they're generally the cheaper option.
- Solid state drives (SSDs) are a more advanced form of technology that offers performance advantages for gamers. SSDs use NAND flash memory to read and write data, meaning there's nothing physical to break, and so less chance that you'll lose your games and saves.
Choosing between an HDD or SSD for gaming
- Form factor
- Energy efficiency
Form factor𓃲 HDDs and SSDs come in several forms that determine compatibility and speed. If you’re thinking of upgrading your gaming storage drive, it’s essential to find the right form factor for your system, otherwise you won’t be able to connect them. There are three common forms factors for SSDs:
|SATA 2.5-Inch||NVMe M.2||Portable|
The standard form factor for HDDs and SSDs is a 2.5-inch drive such as the Crucial MX500.It's designed to minimize the need to replace the connecting advanced host controller interface (AHCI) cables making the transition to a higher-performance drive as easy as possible.
|The smallest and fastest SSDs on the market are the PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDs.
M.2 SSDs deliver lightning read and write speeds, and are about the size of a stick of gum – perfect for space-constrained desktops and laptops.
NVMe drives can be 10x faster than SATA drives -- with emerging technology (Gen5) can be 22x faster than SATA.
Crucial offer the P2, the P3, the P3 Plus and the P5 Plus in this form.
External SSDs such as the Crucial X8ﷺ allow you take your games with you on a drive connecting via a USB port.As well as letting you play your games on multiple, portable SSDs are also great if you’re running out of space on your internal drive, as you can move games instead of deleting them. With read speeds up to 1,050MB/s, the Crucial X8 portable SSD loads files up to 1.8 times faster than most portable SSDs.
To ensure 100% compatibility with your computer, use The Crucial® System Scanner or System Selector.
Improved graphics🐓 Have you ever noticed gravelling textures that suddenly fix themselves mid-game? Well, this might be a sign that you need to upgrade your storage. An HDD can take a while for high-end graphics to load, which is a bit of a waste if you've splashed out on a high-end monitor or TV. The faster speeds of an SSD will help fix this issue. If you've ever noticed gravelling textures while gaming, you're not experiencing optimal frame rates per second (FPS). In gaming, FPS can be significantly improved by upgrading your storage from HDD to SSD
- For 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, you can go for the MX500 or the BX500, and with external SSDs, explore the X8 or the X6.
- For NVMe SSDs, our highest performing product is the P5 Plus, and the most affordable is the P2.
The Crucial® System Scanner or System Selector꧂ tool will give you a list of drives that are compatible with your system so you can choose the fastest SSD that fits your budget.
Many gamers use a combination of internal and external drives in different configurations to work with their budgets and needs for fast load times.
Pros and cons of SSDs and HDDs
A Summary of gaming SSD vs HDD
And Gen5 SSDs promise to deliver amazing new gaming benefits such as , which allows GPUs to use an SSD to boost the performance of games and other data-intensive applications.
If you’re going with an SSD, the good news is that they are easy to install yourself. Use the Crucial® System Scanner or System Selector tool to determine which drives are compatible with your system.
FAQs for SSDs vs HDDs for gaming
How much SSD storage do I need for gaming?
Are external SSDs good for gaming?
External SSDs are a fantastic way of storing large game files and expanding the storage capacity on your computer or console by up to 4TBs𒁏. With ever-improving transfer speeds, you can quickly load multiple games straight from the drive.