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Thread: Advice? Install in NVMe 500GB drive on C:, or buy a 2 TB SSD as D: drive?

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    Default Advice? Install in NVMe 500GB drive on C:, or buy a 2 TB SSD as D: drive?

    I plan to install P3D 4.5 and ORBX for all (except TrueEarth?) products for Northern and Southern California, Pacific Northwest, the ORBX global stuff; all the REX products, Active Sky and a couple of payware planes. I'm not sure if all these will fit in a 500 GB C: boot drive.

    What would you do in my place?

    Thanks.

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    I would get the 500 GB as C: for Windows and "other stuff", the 2 TB as D:, install P3D on D: and get it to work properly and only then get the rest and install gradually, making sure everything works before installing the next add-on.

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    You really aren't going to notice a difference between NVMe and a SATA III drive outside of HDD speed tests or anything that depends on HDD speed. An SSD that is SATA III is plenty fast enough and it would be foolish to cut the storage in half for NVMe. I'd get the 1 TB SSD and then you'll have more than enough room for all your add-ons plus future storage space.
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    Go for the second drive -- you'll greatly appreciate the extra storage space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRJ_simpilot View Post
    You really aren't going to notice a difference between NVMe and a SATA III drive outside of HDD speed tests or anything that depends on HDD speed. ...
    Based on what I've read so far... the read speed on the NVMe is 6 (six) times faster than SSD (3400 vs 530 MB/s sequential reads). Are you saying that this doesn't matter with regards to scenery files specifically? I mean... the specs really don't mean anything? If they really don't, why do people buy NVMe's as boot drives instead of the cheaper SSD's??


    Also, can I install all ORBX stuff on the D: drive (2 TB SSD) with everything else on the C: drive (500 GB NVMe)?

    Thank you very much.


    https://www.samsung.com/us/computing...7e500bw/#specs

    vs.

    https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra.../dp/B071KGS72Q

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    The benches are correct but whether or not it translates as useful really depends on the application. Boot times will be very fast as it's primarily disk reads. As it translates to FlightSim, it's really negligible. The slowdowns in flightsim are usually NOT related to scenery loading or disk reads unless you are talking about a really low end system.

    So no one's saying they are not faster, just that being faster doesn't guarantee better performance.

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    Also, can I install all ORBX stuff on the D: drive (2 TB SSD) with everything else on the C: drive (500 GB NVMe)?
    Better yet, you can install ALL of P3D on the D" drive with little or no difference in performance while flying, leaving the C: drive for stuff that MUST reside there.

    And as Vic says, the faster C: drive won't impact P3D performance beyond the initial load -- even that won't be "6 (six) times faster" since the rest of the system isn't "6 (six) times faster."

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    Quote Originally Posted by lnuss View Post
    Better yet, you can install ALL of P3D on the D" drive with little or no difference in performance while flying, leaving the C: drive for stuff that MUST reside there.

    And as Vic says, the faster C: drive won't impact P3D performance beyond the initial load -- even that won't be "6 (six) times faster" since the rest of the system isn't "6 (six) times faster."
    That's very helpful information. Thank you to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrios View Post
    Based on what I've read so far... the read speed on the NVMe is 6 (six) times faster than SSD (3400 vs 530 MB/s sequential reads). Are you saying that this doesn't matter with regards to scenery files specifically? I mean... the specs really don't mean anything? If they really don't, why do people buy NVMe's as boot drives instead of the cheaper SSD's??


    Also, can I install all ORBX stuff on the D: drive (2 TB SSD) with everything else on the C: drive (500 GB NVMe)?

    Thank you very much.


    https://www.samsung.com/us/computing...7e500bw/#specs

    vs.

    https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra.../dp/B071KGS72Q

    The price of that SSD is ridiculous. Plus the fake spot review grade gives it a D. Not the product, but the quality of reviews.

    Check out these drives.

    https://www.newegg.com/crucial-mx500...82E16820156174 Get the M.2 for the same price.

    https://www.newegg.com/samsung-860-e...82E16820147673
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