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When you con­sider your next up­grade and want to see an im­prove­ment in gam­ing and me­dia per­for­mance, then your stor­age should be a high pri­or­ity. If your cur­rent rig uses hard drives for your game in­stalls and me­dia then you’re in for a treat when you in­stall a Sam­sung NVMe SSD. Even com­ing from most SATA SSDs should de­liver ap­pre­cia­ble gains.

There are tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits a Sam­sung NVMe SSD can bring to many games. The first is in pure load­ing times. In our test­ing, the Sam­sung 960 PRO de­liv­ered se­quen­tial read speeds of up to 3,500MB/sec, while the Sam­sung 960 EVO of­fered up to 3,200MB/sec. Com­pare that to a typ­i­cal SATA SSD and its av­er­age speeds of around 600MB/sec, or a hard drive that can strug­gle to achieve 100MB/sec. This se­quen­tial read time means game worlds should load much faster. For sin­gle player gam­ing that would mean less time watch­ing the dreaded ‘load­ing’ screen, and for many mul­ti­player games it can mean be­ing amongst the first play­ers in the server. Of course, read and load­ing times will vary de­pend­ing on the user en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing your de­vice’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem, me­mory and in­ter­net con­nec­tion. Sam­sung NVMe SSDs are also pow­ered to de­liver as­ton­ish­ing ran­dom read and write per­for­mance, and that’s es­pe­cially use­ful for games that need to ac­cess many smaller files – such as a heav­ily mod­ded open world game like Skyrim or Fall­out 4. It is all de­signed to achieve smoother game­play with­out the stut­ters or pauses typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with hard drives or slower SSDs. Many of us are now am­a­teur video ed­i­tors, thanks to high res cam­eras in our smart­phones, and with a Sam­sung NVMe SSD we can en­joy the slick op­er­a­tions pro­fes­sion­als ex­pect. Load­ing me­dia quickly isn’t only a boon for con­tent creation, ac­cess­ing me­dia on a Sam­sung NVMe SSD can be nearly in­stan­ta­neous, and run­ning mul­ti­ple streams of 4k or even 8k should be no stress at all. It all makes for a snappy and re­spon­sive PC that’s a de­light to use, with­out the frus­tra­tions or per­for­mance is­sues that test our pa­tience. If you want to min­imise an­noy­ing bot­tle­necks then a Sam­sung NVMe is the way to go.

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