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Hello everyone!

 

Currently I'm using a Samsung 840 Pro ssd for the operating system, all my apps and games, and I love it! The only problem is it doesn't have nearly enough space (128GB, which is actually like 119GB usable). A few games really fills this thing up. I was thinking of getting a 512GB Samsung 850 Pro. Now, I'm a little confused on what I should do from there. If I kept Windows on my old 128GB but moved all my games to the 512GB would I lose a lot of performance when starting and running those games or would it be similar? If there is no significant performance loss then I might do that. I quite enjoy loading everything instantly but I'm willing to take a speed hit if it's just minimal.

 

The other option would obviously be to just switch everything to the 512GB (reinstall EVERYTHING) but to be honest that seems daunting.

 

Thoughts on this?

 

Thanks!

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The best is if you've Windows in your own SSD and then games on another. At least that's what I've heard. Logically thinking the Windows stuff keeps the Windows SSD busy and the game PC is only busy for the games. I'd say use paging file only on the Windows SSD so it doesn't interference with the game traffic and then both can operate more freely. Could make some small difference in Bohemia games.

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The best is if you've Windows in your own SSD and then games on another. At least that's what I've heard. Logically thinking the Windows stuff keeps the Windows SSD busy and the game PC is only busy for the games. I'd say use paging file only on the Windows SSD so it doesn't interference with the game traffic and then both can operate more freely. Could make some small difference in Bohemia games.

 

Oh nice! I had heard the opposite. Or thought I did. That running games on a separate one negated a lot of the speed increases. I was unsure though which is why I asked. Thanks for the response.

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I have one SSD for OS and one for games. I haven't noticed any issues with the setup. I imagine, like almost anything with PCs, there are very specific circumstances where having things split isn't optimal, but I doubt any normal users will see a difference. I like keeping things separate since if I ever need to wipe the OS drive, I don't have to go through the trouble of downloading games again.

 

Also, I have both Pro and EVO Samsung drives. I haven't been able to tell the difference between them. Again, I assume there are probably some situations where you want a Pro, but in my normal day-to-day use of playing video games and watching porn browsing the Internet, the EVO drives seem to do just fine and cost a lot less. 

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The 512 is probably a tad faster due to additional parallel memory chips, but not so as you'd notice seat of the pants.

 

Steam allows your games to reside on multiple drives. All you have to do is add the path for the new location.

 

If it were me, I'd leave Windows where it is, add the second drive and put a second Steam directory on the new drive. Whenever you install a new game, Steam will prompt you to choose which drive you wish to use for the new game.

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