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FRAPS runs slow, new CPU or SSD?

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September 22, 2013 3:28:15 AM

I've heard so many say one or the other that I can't really trust anything.
So please ONLY answer if you know what you are talking about (no disrespect).

My problem: I get about 65 FPS Avg. on BF3 when not recording, but the second that I press record it drops to 5-10 FPS.

My question: Do I get a new SSD, is that the problem or is it my CPU?

My specs:

- i7-920 @ 3.2GHz
- Intel DX58SO
- GTX 660 Ti
- WD 765GB HDD (VERY slow)
- 6 GB Hyper X

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September 22, 2013 3:35:59 AM

you should definitely get a faster HDD at least. the i7 is definitely not the culprit here. if you can afford it, buy a capture card; it's better at doing it than fraps and doesn't affect performance.
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September 22, 2013 4:01:48 AM

blackrose42 said:
you should definitely get a faster HDD at least. the i7 is definitely not the culprit here. if you can afford it, but a capture card; it's better at doing it than fraps and doesn't affect performance.


Is there PCI/PCI-e 1080p 60FPS versions?
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September 22, 2013 4:26:55 AM

I'd say it's the hard drive too. I have a lesser setup (i5 + 560 ti) but with a RAID 0 of 2x 7200rpm hard drives and I get 50+ FPS with fraps recording (medium/high settings).

Something I do that cuts lag spikes that I get is lock the framerate at 50 or 60, because if I dont the FPS will fluctuate and I can feel micro-stuttering/lag which isn't related to low FPS numbers.
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September 22, 2013 4:39:41 AM



Almost what I need, but I really want output format of 60 FPS as when I'm watching videos on YouTube 1 @ 60FPS In/out 2 @ 30 FPS In/out, despite the fact that YouTube only supports 30 FPS the 60 FPS video feels/looks a lot smoother.
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September 22, 2013 4:56:16 AM

afaik they are at 600$+ so i think the 'best' option you have right now are those that can record p60 @ p30

also, you might want to rethink this, heres something from a card that can do that, it's from Monster XX: http://www.sknet-web.co.jp/english/mvxx/specification.h...

RAID0 with SATA 2.0 and above storage system is highly recommended
※ To achieve stable recording, approximately 500MByte/s of Read/Write throughput is necessary.

※Estimated storage requirement for recording (1 hour of recording)
1080p 60fps:approx900GB
1080p 30fps:approx450GB
1080p 24fps:approx360GB
1080i 60field:approx450GB
720p 60fps:approx400GB
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September 22, 2013 5:27:20 AM

blackrose42 said:
afaik they are at 600$+ so i think the 'best' option you have right now are those that can record p60 @ p30

also, you might want to rethink this, heres something from a card that can do that, it's from Monster XX: http://www.sknet-web.co.jp/english/mvxx/specification.h...

RAID0 with SATA 2.0 and above storage system is highly recommended
※ To achieve stable recording, approximately 500MByte/s of Read/Write throughput is necessary.

※Estimated storage requirement for recording (1 hour of recording)
1080p 60fps:approx900GB
1080p 30fps:approx450GB
1080p 24fps:approx360GB
1080i 60field:approx450GB
720p 60fps:approx400GB


I know of an SSHD (SSD/HDD Hybrid) that reads/writes SSD speed onto an HDD. Would that perhaps be a solution (While using FRAPS instead of on a capture card)?
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September 22, 2013 5:35:31 AM

kaio37k said:

I know of an SSHD (SSD/HDD Hybrid) that reads/writes SSD speed onto an HDD. Would that perhaps be a solution (While using FRAPS instead of on a capture card)?


an SSD/HDD hybrid shouldn't work in this scenario. the cache is only small (a few 10s of GB at the most) and designed to hold small system files that are traditionally slow to open because of HDD's slow seek times. as Fraps files are huge they would fill up the SSD cache within a matter of minutes and then it would go back to slow hard drive speeds.

in terms of data speed I've measured on average 80MB/s to my hard drive (separate new 7200RPM hdd just for fraps) when recording fraps at 1080p (locked at 50 or 60FPS), so a decent (SEPARATE) 7200rpm drive should be ok. SSDs are not absolutely necessary for fraps files as there are plenty of people out there using an additional HDD without problems. 120FPS or higher resolutions, sure you'll need some beefier storage but there are people who run it on an average 7200RPM drive with no complaints.
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