Does SSDs Improve FPS?

FPS is almost like gold when it comes to gamers, you seemingly can’t get enough of it, some gamers would do almost anything possible to get a few more frames per second. Having more FPS makes games more smooth and playable, and it’s absolutely crucial to have more than 60FPS in most games, especially competitive games.

SSDs Or Solid State Drives are known to perform much faster than a hard drive, this is due to many reasons. The first reason is the fact that it’s not using any mechanical components to store, retrieve and seek out data. The second reason is that certain solid-state drives use different protocols to store data, the NVME protocol is far superior to the SATA protocol.

Answer: SSDs including SATA and NVME will not improve FPS, all solid-state drives do is allow the games to load their files at a really fast speed. This means having an SSD will have loading perform much faster, maps and missions will load much quicker, but the FPS won’t change.

How Many Times Faster Are SSDs Compared To HDDs? (Benchmark)

ssds for fps

HDDs that use the SATA protocol can reach a max theoretical speed of 600MB/s, while this is pretty quick, an SSD on the NVME protocol can reach speeds up to 3.5GB/s thanks to the PCI-E interface. This makes NVME SSDs 5x faster than HDDs and SATA SSDs, this is a huge difference in speed that would be noticeable in all types of loading.

We’re going to be comparing SATA SSDs, HDDs, and NVME SSDs together to see how fast they fare in a benchmark. The theoretical limit of PCI-E 4.0 is 64GB/s so this means an NVME SSD has a lot more improving to do whereas the SATA limit has been reached by SSDs. The fastest speed of a SATA hard drive was recorded to have a sequential read of 562.4 MB/s, and a sequential write of 520 MB/s, just shy of the SATA bandwidth throughput limit.

The fastest SSD absolutely destroys this limit by reaching a speed of 7300MB/s or 7.3GB/s, if you really value speed, then NVME is the way to go in terms of raw performance. These types of speeds can help with video editing rendering, game loading, file transfer, and much more. If you can upgrade to an NVME, it’s a worthwhile decision. Benchmarking is important for building a PC as it gives you a general idea of how fast your computer should perform.

Storage TypeStorage DeviceSequential Read/WritePassmark Score
SSD(NVME)Seagate FireCuda 530 M.27300/6900 MB/s51627
SSD(NVME)Corsair MP600 PRO XT M.27100/6800 MB/s46157
SSD(NVME)NVMe Samsung 980 PRO(heatsink)7000/5100 MB/s45074
SSD(NVME)Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus3500/3300 MB/s25310

SSD Vs HDD For Gaming

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Games that are stored on your SSD will load faster than if they were stored on your HDD, this must be the case to reap the full benefits of a solid-state drive. It’s best practice to keep your most played games on the SSD, the games you play once in a while on a hard drive, this will save storage space. When it comes to SSD vs HDDs, nowadays it boils down to NVME vs SATA, and NVME is the more advanced protocol. SATA actually bottlenecks SSDs as the SATA protocol was made mainly for HDDs, but the NVME protocol uses the PCI-E lanes for maximum speed.

Capacity-wise, hard drives will win most of the time offering more storage for the price. You can pick massive 10TB+ hard drives up for storage, so if you have a big game library, this could be the perfect option for you. You can find 4TB SSDs, but they would be pretty pricey for just storage, you should use SSDs for applications you’re actively using.

Speaking durability, SSDs will win this one too featuring extremely long lifespans compared to traditional hard drives. SATA SSDs will have a failure rate of around 0.11% or one in every 874 drives, NVME drives fail less with a rate of 0.08%. Hard drives on the other hand fail more commonly with a rate of around 0.34%, this is mainly due to them having mechanical components which are more prone to failure.

SSDs Aren’t Processing Devices

SSDs do not accelerate the graphical potential of your system, it doesn’t process any information therefore you cannot expect frame rates to increase. All an SSD is there for is to store data in a non-volatile manner so you can come back to it years down the line, the mere storage device exists to load data into the RAM for usage.

The main components for improving frame rates are the RAM, CPU, and mainly GPU. The GPU or the graphics card is the main component for processing graphical information, it works just like a CPU but processes different types of information. The GPU is responsible for handling textures, and other geometric data. The CPU and RAM work by processing information sent by the GPU, so a faster CPU will result in more data being processed.

SSDs are pretty cool devices, especially the M.2 NVME SSDs, and from a broader perspective, they do improve performance dramatically but not the type of performance most gamers want (FPS). This doesn’t excuse the fact that SSDs are crucial components nowadays, if you’re a gamer it’s pretty much a staple component. Without an SSD, games such as GTA, Skyrim, and many more open-world games will take far too long to load.

How Much SSD Storage Do I Require For Gaming?

Games, especially open-world games are getting pretty large, so naturally, the SSDs will have to grow in size too. If you want to load that massive open-world game in a timely manner, then you will require an SSD with enough capacity, and it’ll be smart to future-proof such components. Games will only continue to get larger in the future, so you should be prepared.

256GB SSDs used to be the minimum requirement for gaming, this is because games rarely took up more than 20GBs of space, now 1TB SSDs are the new minimum requirement. There are games that take up an enormous amount of space, take ARK Survival Evolved which can take up to 275GB of space. Even mere game updates can be up to 50GBs depending on the game, so 1TB is the new sweetspot.

But sometimes the sweet spot isn’t enough, 1TB should suffice in the current times, but if you’re looking to be future-proof, then you may require up to 2TB of SSD space. There are many NVME drives that can support up to 2TB in capacity, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find, the problem with high capacity SSDs is that it’s not accessible for everyone due to the price. But it’s up to you how you want to build your PC.

Conclusion

In conclusion, SSDs are pretty powerful devices that massively improve the performance of your PC and not just from a gaming perspective. SSDs improve loading times across the board such as faster booting times and faster game loading times. Unfortunately, SSDs do not improve FPS, this is mainly reserved for the processing devices such as the CPU and the GPU.