so technically, all games benefit from being installed in a ssd(whether sata or m.2)... but not all games do actually benefit from it, as these games aren't "complex" enough, not an open world game, and or a simple fps game to fully utilize the usage of ssd...

so what games normally should be on a ssd, well its the usualy suspects: open world games, mmo, fps(class-based) games, your most played games

hopefully everyone comments here and share their experiences with a particular game being installed in a ssd, so that others who are undecided on where to install will have an idea if its worth it or not...

so here are my experiences on these games being installed in a ssd:

  • Insurgency : installed on intel 660p m.2 =Spawns you on maps quicker(as long as your ping isn't too "large"), allowing you to selecting your favorite class.. And of course being first to spawn and select your class also allows you to teamswitch to a stacked team(lol), as long as both teams aren't too imbalanced in amount of members.. Insurgency(like the Battlefield series) is an example of a class-based fps games that benefits from a ssd.. Not all fps games benefit from a ssd(like any counterstrike games)
  • Elder Scrolls Online : installed on intel 660p m.2 = There are alot of loading screens in this game when you change zones or enter dungeons(trials, delves, group dungeons, public dungeons), so definitely a ssd would cut the amount of time spending in loading screens.. Even with it being installed on a ssd, it still takes below 10secs when changing zones or entering dungeons on my m.2 drive..
  • Elder Scrolls Skyrim : installed on intel 660p m.2 = Alot of loading screens whenever you go change "cells".. Changing "cells" basically means going from one "zone" to another, like going inside dungeons, going inside towns, going into the world map, doing fast travels..
  • Fallout 4 : installed on intel 660p m.2 = This game is similar to Skyrim, where it is an open world game and you change "cells" if going into another room or area.. Basically all Elder Scrolls and Fallout games should be mandatory installed in a ssd(sata or nvme), unless you like staring at the loading screen alot..
  • Xcom 2 : installed on intel 660p m.2 = There is a "kinda" loading screen between after selecting your team to the mission briefing.. And another "loading" screen between the mission briefing and your squad deploying.. After the mission ends, there is another "loading" screen between it and the mission debriefing.. Then another "loading" screen between the mission debriefing and your team getting into homebase.. The loading screens aren't too "long" on a hdd, but with ssd, it cuts it down to between below 10 seconds to instant.. So the game basically will have alot of loading screens during your entire campaign, and having this game on a ssd will reduce those "idle" times..
  • Cities Skylines : installed on intel 660p m.2 = The part where this game benefits from a ssd the most is from just the beginning of the game when you load your save campaigns.. If your playing a heavily modded save or a large population vanilla save, it can take more than 10 minutes(i've tested on a 5400rpm hdd and a save with 2000 assets subbed took 20+mins to load) to load your saves.. My current modded games with 100+ mods and 10k assets subbed on workshop takes around 9mins to load.. Simply putting this game on a ssd cuts the loading of saves by half..
  • GTA V : installed on intel 660p m.2 = A large open-world game that needs to be installed in a ssd.. Cuts down the amount of loading times and those texture randomly popping in when you transition while driving fast..
  • Witcher 3 : installed on intel 660p m.2 = This is another open-world game, which means by default must be installed in a ssd to have a smoother game experience.. It has a long load times, but doesn't come often.. But still would benefit from SSD to remove loading screens and avoid stutters when going to a new area..
  • Pathfinder Kingmaker : installed on intel 660p m.2 = Does not entirely benefit from ssd, as the load times aren't too long between hdd and ssd even with the amount of loading screens.. Unity-engine based games are notorious for having slow loading times, so it is recommended they be installed in a ssd to have less wait times..
  • Cyberpunk 2077 : installed on mx500 sata ssd = An "open-world' game that benefits from ssd.. Similar to w3 and gta5, putting this game on a ssd removes the stutters and texture popins when you go into a different "area"
  • Hearts of Iron 4 : installed on mx500 sata ssd = Does not entirely benefit from a ssd.. The part where a ssd helps the most is when you load a save or start a new campaign where the game engine "builds" the world map and also when starting up the game.. Still loads my saves in seconds and the game boots to main menu from desktop in around half a minute
  • Victoria 2 : installed on mx500 sata ssd = Similar to HOI4, Paradox grand strategy games only benefits from ssd during the load to main menu from desktop and loading/starting new save campaigns..
  • Stalker Call Of Pripyat : installed on mx500 sata ssd = The game does not entirely needed to be in a ssd, as the load times aren't too long.. The Stalker games are similar to Elder Scrolls/Fallout where it is a quasi open-world game where it will have a loading screen when you move into a "different" cell.. Still I have all Stalker games in a ssd coz i love playing them..
  • PUBG : installed on mx500 sata ssd = Alot of long loading screens during after matches and before matches.. Simply this being in a ssd lowers the amount of time staring blankly at your screen...
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i'm hoping more people post here... and also post about tarkov, arma 3, wasteland 3, forza 4, and halo games...

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Having Deus Ex: Mankind Divided installed on a SSD can drastically improve loading times.

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interesting... i've been wondering about this as well... i recall the amount of times i've waited on loading screens... might have to reinstall and finish it again on a ssd..

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Can confirm this! I'm replaying the game right now and installed it on ssd, loading times between areas last something like 15 seconds, on my earlier playthrough it easily took way more than a minute!

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Yeah, I recently installed it on HDD - those loading times hurt.

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Loading times between areas is what made me uninstall the Prey remake

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so i guess ssd it is then.. same with the new prey game after i once buy it lol..

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i wish i could do that.. but 2tb feels not enough these days and 4tb(even for a sata ssd) is too expensive lol..

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it maybe enough for you at this time, but once you increase your game library like i do, you will need a higher capacity storage lol...

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ark survival evolved. get in to servers faster and teleporting is much better. in the time i was playing it, it grew to big for my ssd and it was painful without it. especially when getting kick from server mid war

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I had ARK on my SSD for a long while, but the game size kept growing and growing. Not sure what causes it to keep getting larger. I had to keep uninstalling it and reinstalling it to keep the size down. I wonder if ARK doesn't delete outdated workshop items or items you unsubscribe from, perhaps that could be the cause.

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ark keeps adding dinos and maps, if you dont have any dlc maps you still have to download all the new dino's and gear for cross server.
if you play on private servers then you end up downloading mods you might not have known were on it.
what you said about deleting mods. if you reinstall from the ground up it will reinstall any mod ur subscribed to.

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Thanks for trying to clear things up. To try and be a little more specific with my original comment: I would uninstall the game, immediately reinstall it, and see size on disk drop 10s of GBs. That seems rather odd to me.

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I had to uninstall ARK from my PC (I even have my physical server for it), since I use only SSDs; I didn't do it because of size, I did it because of their constant updates, each in size of GB, and I really prefer to fill those TB written on SSD with actual games, not update every few days of such sizes...

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how big is ark right now??? steam says it is still around 60gigs..

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anything that does a lot of loading. with an ssd especially an m2, loadscreens dont exist. also best to put your os on it. that speed alone makes it worth it. also if you torrent it seemed to make a huge difference in downloads (where an hdd i had was taking days compared to like 30 mins on an nvme)

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lol i still have my os installed on my 850evo from 2015 and it still takes below 10sec to get into the login screen... so i guess it does not matter much if it is sata ssd or m2 ssd for now lol...

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Not speaking from personal experience but it is recommended for Rust. https://store.steampowered.com/app/252490/Rust/ The game has very long load times from HDD, I have never put it on SSD.

RECOMMENDED:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64bit
Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: GTX 980 / AMD R9 Fury
DirectX: Version 12
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 20 GB available space
Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended.

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lol when the devs are telling you that ssd is highly recommended, then i bet it really matters... how long is your wait times on hdd??

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I don't have it installed. I think initial boot+loading an official server is about as long as GTAV before R* patched loading times.

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star citizen & escape from tarkov both benefit from being on an ssd or m.2. quicker loading times & in-game lod stuff, but star citizen needs to be on an ssd at least. good luck playing that on an hdd &/or with less than 16GB RAM - at least 32GB RAM is recommended if you want to reduce the chance of random stutters & lag.

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no one should be using an HDD for their main drive in 2022
you can get a 1 TB NVME SSD OR a 1 TB SATA SSD for 100€
all your programs and games go into the SSD and the stuff you dont usually use on the HDD
enjoy the massive boost in performance

comparison:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt_iJTrzOus

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No one should use such a large SSD drive as a main C:\ drive either, when something happens with your Windows, you atleast still got your games and all that data, if you use your SSD as D:\ for example.
Also for many programs it's overkill, a 128-256gb for C:\ is fine and you can put all your programs on there, but i would use a 1tb or something for D:\

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Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order benefits quite a bit from being on an SSD. The game is notorious for stuttering, especially when moving between areas which can reduce the framerate by a lot. Putting it on an SSD reduces the stutter, although doesn't completely eliminate it.

Divinity Original Sin 2. There aren't many loading screens in the game, but if you're the kind of person that reloads save files when you do something wrong (or aren't very good at the game so you have to do it anyway), you obviously want an SSD. I had it on a HDD and it would often take over a minute or two to load a save, with an SSD it's maybe 20 seconds at most.

Planetside 2 has a bug of some sort if your loading times are too long. You can spawn into your squadmates aircraft in the game (Galaxy and Valkyrie), but if you take too long to load, sometimes you will be spawned behind the aircraft instead of in it, so you fall to the ground and die. Putting the game on an SSD fixed that since the loading times are almost instant.

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i thought fallen order does not really require a ssd coz it does not have loading screens when you move to new areas... i guess ssd is needed then if the stuttering is bad.. good to know...

i forgot to mention about div original sin 2 as well regarding ssd's... not needed, but if you play it alot might as well put it in a ssd...

last i've played planetside 2 was during 2014 and it was on a gaming laptop that is on i5 and gt550m... and i recall i didn't encountered that much stuttering...the loading times definitely is abit long, but that was bearable on my end at that time lol... idk how it is now with the stuff they have added to the game since then...

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Jedi Fallen Order is a good shout, it was almost unplayable on my HDD and a million times better on a SSD.

World of Warcraft is a lot more enjoyable on a SSD, load times for teleporting to dungeons or cities could take literally minutes on a normal drive.

The Hitman Trilogy really benefits from it, especially if like Filipi mentions with DoS 2 you're the kind of person who reloads saves a lot. Waiting a fair whilst for a big huge open level to load once is fine, not so much if you need to do it a few times per mission.

Arkane's Prey is one you probably want on a SSD. It wouldn't hurt for their other games like Dishonored or Deathloop but Prey likes to make you backtrack to different sections of the station, sometimes through numerous loading screens and those can drag even more on a HDD.

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well IMO MMO's definitely need to be on a ssd, since if you change zones you will run into a loading screen... so ssd lowers the amount of time spending on loading screens lol...

and goot to know that prey is a must on a ssd as well...

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Horizon Zero Dawn - it would stutter for several seconds when you transition to particular parts of the world.

Metro Exodus - for the same reason as HZD. Although it's not an "open" open world like Horizon, it would chug when you go to certain areas of the level. It would also drastically shorten the initial loading time.

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Weird, I first installed Horizon on my HDD to try it. When I have managed to free up space on my ssd (sata), I moved the whole library there with Steam's built-in option. Granted, I have not used a timer to measure it to seconds, but loading the game felt just as long, if not longer than the loading from hdd. I am pretty sure that they are roughly the same loadtime. Which is weird, because so far, most games benefitted from the ssd treatment.

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The initial loading is faster on my SSD as far as my experience is concerned however it's not anything drastic or a deal-breaker. It's when you are in-game and traversing parts of the world where you can feel the difference between installing it on an HDD or an SSD.

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so i guess on games like HZD and metro exodus, reason you want it on ssd is to minimize stutters.... will have to try it on exodus and will let you know my experience...

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Battlefield 4 mp map load time on HDD is 2.5 min, on sata2 ssd it is 40 sec.

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dang thats brutal load times.... i recall back then with bf2 it is not that long.. maybe a minute...

still like i mentioned on my OP, multiplayer games with classes or mp games you play alot needs to be on ssd to lower wait times...

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Path of Exile, that game should not be played on a HDD.

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+99999999999999999999999999

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how so?? how bad is stutter on hdd?? i recall playing it on 2013 on a hdd and it wasn't that bad on loading times or stutters... i guess things have changed much..

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Load times take 3-4 times longer on a HDD than SSD, and when every map/zone has a load/transition it cuts down on a lot of waiting around. That is extremely important in games where time = money in terms of economy, especially on league resets. Back before I upgraded from a HDD I would run maps with my friend who had an SSD and he would be done with half of the zone before my game would even load in. It does help with stutter, especially with how many mechanics spawn monsters in around you these days and with all the particle effects.

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Football Manager benefits a lot from an SSD.

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I don't have an SSD (yet) but when playing games like the Total War series, particularly Total War: Warhammer II is pretty well known for benefiting a lot from being installed on an SSD, with load times being cut significantly when loading the overworld map. When you hear people complain about long loading times for this game, the advice given is always "install it on an SSD".

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if you want to buy a ssd then let me tell you some things.

  1. make sure that it has dedicated cache. had some ssd that would stutter in fivem because it had no cache apart from slc (worst case i could remember)
  2. if the price is simliar then tlc > qlc. generally speaking qlc is cheaper to produce (more layers per cell = denser memory) but is slower (noticable after longer write sessions) and are less reliable (if you can trust the spec sheet).
  3. don't look at read/write speed ... those are only peaks. i take a pcie 3 tlc ssd as an example. most of these start with 3500mb/s then they drop off after 30-120gb depending on the ssd to 2000mb/s or less and after this they drop to around 1000mb/s. this is expected behaviour. sata ssd are mostly at ~500mb/s.
  4. since last year there was a big switcheroo in ssd parts. nearly every ssd manufacturer changed naything on their ssd. the only thing were it was on a sidegrade level was at samsungs 970 evo where it could be faster for casual users but worse for power user if you compare it to the older 970 evo.

if you have questions you could ask anytime

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Can confirm that. I already played TW on the old PC on a SSD. But it also benefits a lot from better SSDs, as witnessed after switching to the new PC with Samsung 980, 970 and 870 SSDs.

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Very much, Yes!

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good to know about total war games..

what do you think about the old total war games like medieval 2, napoleon, shogun 2, and empire, you think they still needed on a ssd?? i recall playing in 2014 on a laptop with i5 cpu and gt550m gpu that the load times were bearable and i did not recall stutters....

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Medieval 2 is old enough that it should not matter much at this point, but for the later ones an SSD would be helpful. Even Shogun 2, which is quite old at this point, does have pretty long loading times.

You don't "need" an SSD for any of these games, you'll just cut down on loading times significantly.

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i remember when i loaded forza horizon 3 on my old ass bulldozer machine. on my hdd it needed 15 minutes! to load into the game ... and crash after 5 minutes ingame and on my trash wd green it finished in 20 seconds. another game i can remember benefitted from a ssd was borderlands 3, grid 2019 (trash game, stutters in cutscenes when it is on a hdd), company of heroes 2 and battlefield 1

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is bl3 not optimized well that it needed to be on a ssd to lessen stutters?? i played bl1, bl2, and bl preseq on a hdd and my experience weren't too bad..

also does coh2 have alot of loading screens to need a ssd?? or its just stuttery?

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well, borderlands 3 with all dlc has 150gb of data that it could read. it does stutter sometimes. i played company of heroes 2 online and it really improves loading times greatly of the game. it doesnt stutter on a hdd.

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thanks for this info that coh2 does not stutter on a hdd.. i guess i'm going to install this on a hdd for now and see how "bad" are the loading times, and then decide if it needed a ssd or not..

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Back when I built my rig 4 years ago I decided to go with a 1 TB SSD and nothing else. So every game has been installed on that since the day I first booted my new PC. Besides the increase in loading speed what really sells me on it is how turning on my PC every morning is incredibly fast (like 2-3 seconds tops) and how insanely quiet my whole rig is

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Before I got a SSD, I would copy game files to a RAMDisk and play from there. SSD is almost as fast.
LotRO and DDO both benefit from a SSD.

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ArmA 3 hands down. The archaic object system does´nt know streaming, so each time you turn your character around ingame, it loads the objects back in that were behind your back. If you have a really old HDD, the ingame stutter will be accompanied by vigorous disk rattling ;)
Same for ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead.
ArmA 1 and OFP are quite safe, texture and model sizes were´nt as huge.

Prey remake for loading times.
Mount & Blade Bannerlord 2 remake for loading times.
Final Fantasy XV for otherwise i guess it´d run like frozen honey.

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Frankly, I don't know. Why would you try to run anything from HDD if you own SSD? These days HDD is for storing stuff, not for your Steam folder. And if someone doesn't own SSD, they obviously don't really face this dilemma as well.

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Why would you try to run anything from HDD if you own SSD? These days HDD is for storing stuff, not for your Steam folder

Best answer I've seen in this thread. If you got it, USE IT.

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yes, use it until you need to replace it

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well if you have a limited amount of ssd space and on a tight budget, being able to know if a game is worth it on a ssd helps putting certain games on it and certain games on a hdd...

as i mentioned above, technically all games benefit from a ssd.. but not all truly benefit from it, as the way the game is designed makes putting it in a ssd a waste... take both resident evil 2 and 3 remakes, sure it helps boot those games faster if on a ssd, but those games don't have loading screens and i recall not experiencing stutters(while both on a wd black hdd) that it is fine being on a hdd...

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*2 SSD's, one relatively small one for windows, programs etc, and another one for your games.
That way if something goes wrong with your windows SSD or just windows then you won't risk losing all your games, it's not hard not expensive.

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Yep, that's exactly how my system looks like :) A 128 GB SSD for Windows and stuff, a 500 GB one for a Steam folder and a 2 TB HDD as a general purpose storage.

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Forza Horizon 5 coming from an HDD to an SSD it's a huge improvement, loading in the game went down from like 3 minutes to 1 minute, teleporting from one side of the map to the other it takes now 3 seconds, and of course textures load in much much faster.

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Ark: Survival Evolved, 7 days to die, Rust load faster from a ssd than from a hdd. Games that take a while to load, just put em on a ssd and they will load faster, it will make your life less frustrating :)

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just got 7 days to die, so good to know that it loads awhile on a hdd... does 7 days have alot of loading screens???

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The starting loading screen took some time, tho I had only 8 gigs of ram at the time. There are just the starting loading screens, after that it depends how you setup your loading distance.

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I don't use an SSD, but I heard Gothic 3's problems with performance stem from disk reading.

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i played the game on a HDD and move it to an SSD to see the changes: the loading time is the same
the game is old and the loading is limited by time
but i think there is a patch

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Elder Scrolls Online is not worth it on an SSD

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well i play it alot, so it definitely does... plus it has alot of loading screens when you change zones, go into delves/dungeons/trials.. and it is a mmo.. so these reasons alone makes it a must on a ssd...

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7 days to die, a lot of loading (2-3 min) from an HDD and fast loading from an SSD (30-60 sec), but the loading is done once and it's not worth it

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