Samsung 980pro vs cheap SATA ssd, 3 years old ADATA 920sp vs regular 7200rpm Toshiba HDD
Deus EX: Mankind Devided
Far Cry 5
Path of Exile
World of Warcraft
Skyrim Special Edition
Samsung 980 pro – top performance SSD now, only Intel Optane faster (but same or slower on sequential read and x3 expensive). Samsung 980 pro Its NVME, M2, PCI-E SSD disk with MLC memory, can read up to 3500mbs compare to regualr SATA SSD can only 500mbs.
How faster game loading on that fast SSD?
I comapre Samsung 980pro 512gb with 3-4 years old, cheap SSD ADATA 920sp 256gb – this is regular cheap SSD similar with any cheap SSD you can buy now in store, its about twice cheaper then Samsung 980pro for same capacity.
Test result: in most tests Samsung 980pro is better, but insignificantly – it loading time just few seconds less then cheap disk. In many test its no or almost no difference. Some time slow SSD work even faster then 980pro! I dont know, what wrong, maybe overheating problem of Samsung 980pro – its really hot drive, idle temperature already 55-60C, under load it very fast grow and can reach 90 or even 100C!
In most cases Samsung 980pro can load games and apps faster for 1-3 seconds (no more then 15%) then regualr cheap SATA SSD. Worth it twice price? Your choise.
About HDD – its make you wait several times more, but in most game its not big deal.