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Can a slow HDD cause FPS drops?

On 3/3/2019 at 5:02 AM, Lord Xeb said:

It is possible and I have seen it happen. I would backup your drive and replace it to be safe. You could do a read test on the drive to confirm. Use HD Tune and post a screenshot here. I can tell you if it is going. Also check smart. 

As it turned out, my CPU was the bottleneck all along. I recently upgraded to Ryzen (R5 2600x to be specific), and almost all of the framerate inconsistencies immediately went away, despite the fact that I'm using the exact same HDD for games. 

 

Turns out that (from what I've read), a lot of modern games don't really take full advantage of / work as well with the old FX chips. So even though there was plenty of CPU power leftover to spare, it just wasn't using it. But the Ryzen chip, in addition to being more powerful overall, doesn't appear to suffer from that problem. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

As the title states, if a game is running on a 5400 RPM hard drive, could it possibly result in FPS drops?

 

From what I've researched so far, the general consensus is "no, it can't". But I wanted to see what you guys have to say about it. 

 

I have a 500GB SSD + 2TB HDD @5400RPM. All of my games are installed on the HDD. Surprisingly, I've seen speeds up to 150MB/s on this HDD (eg, when copying 30GB of music from the SSD to the HDD), which seems impossibly high for an HDD. 

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It can cause freezing and stuttering 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, Slottr said:

It can cause freezing and stuttering 

Ahh. Maybe that's it. Many games I play will have frequent stutters/fps drops when rendering a new part of the world (especially FarCry 5 and New Dawn). When this happens, neither the CPU or GPU are even close to being maxed out. 

 

Think it could be because of the hard drive?

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It is possible and I have seen it happen. I would backup your drive and replace it to be safe. You could do a read test on the drive to confirm. Use HD Tune and post a screenshot here. I can tell you if it is going. Also check smart. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP · Best Answer
On 3/3/2019 at 5:02 AM, Lord Xeb said:

It is possible and I have seen it happen. I would backup your drive and replace it to be safe. You could do a read test on the drive to confirm. Use HD Tune and post a screenshot here. I can tell you if it is going. Also check smart. 

As it turned out, my CPU was the bottleneck all along. I recently upgraded to Ryzen (R5 2600x to be specific), and almost all of the framerate inconsistencies immediately went away, despite the fact that I'm using the exact same HDD for games. 

 

Turns out that (from what I've read), a lot of modern games don't really take full advantage of / work as well with the old FX chips. So even though there was plenty of CPU power leftover to spare, it just wasn't using it. But the Ryzen chip, in addition to being more powerful overall, doesn't appear to suffer from that problem. 

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36 minutes ago, TheFriendlyHacker said:

Turns out that (from what I've read), a lot of modern games don't really take full advantage of / work as well with the old FX chips. So even though there was plenty of CPU power leftover to spare, it just wasn't using it.

That's the fun quirk of FX, they have one floating point unit per two cores, which really sucks for gaming. Ryzen seems to have been the result of trying to rectify this, as opposed to having loads of cores but fewer resources, they just have loads of cores.


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Interesting. Good to know and glad you figured it out. well done. @TheFriendlyHacker


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