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Recording at 60 FPS, 1080p with FRAPS

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April 23, 2014 12:07:04 PM

Hi,

I recently started to record myself when I play games. However, since I have a decent PC, I want to record at 60 FPS, 1080p with Fraps, but my game stutter every so often when I'm recording. I made some research and most people agree to say that's a HDD problem. Because Fraps don't compress (almost nothing) the recordings, my HDD is under heavy load and can't handle the amount of data written. My games freeze for a second and then unfreeze. Does that mean that I need to buy a faster HDD (Velociraptor, Hybrid) or can I make like a partition only for my recordings? My OS and most of my games are on my SSD, if that can help

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April 23, 2014 12:12:26 PM

Sometimes this may be a symptom of a failing or faulty hard drive. What's your current HDD and how old is it?
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April 23, 2014 12:19:57 PM

Are you recording to the same drive the game is played on? Have you considered adding a second drive to record the video to? With the overhead of the OS, game, and recording software it may be too much for a single drive.
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April 23, 2014 2:32:34 PM

I bought all the parts in November 2013 and I never had any problems with my hardware, I hope everything is fine. My HDD is a Western Digital Black 1TB (WD1003FZEX) and like I said, almost every game I have are on my SSD, so there's nothing (I think) on my HDD that could slow it down when I'm recording

If the solution is to buy another HDD, which one would be a good option? I don't need a huge storage device, 500GB seems to be a good size, but I could be wrong
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April 23, 2014 5:51:54 PM

Krokette said:
I bought all the parts in November 2013 and I never had any problems with my hardware, I hope everything is fine. My HDD is a Western Digital Black 1TB (WD1003FZEX) and like I said, almost every game I have are on my SSD, so there's nothing (I think) on my HDD that could slow it down when I'm recording

If the solution is to buy another HDD, which one would be a good option? I don't need a huge storage device, 500GB seems to be a good size, but I could be wrong


Oh, I see you are already recording to a hard drive other than the OS drive. Not sure an additional partition will help. Guess you could try a faster spinning HDD. Anything running in the background that could be causing the problem?
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April 24, 2014 6:39:17 AM

I looked for applications or anything running in the background, but I didn't found anything. Do Hybrid HDD are fast enough for what I want to do? Do you have any suggestions of which one to buy?
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April 24, 2014 6:42:48 AM

I'll have to get back to you on this one. I have never used a hybrid drive so I can't answer your question about whether or not if one would be fast enough.
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April 24, 2014 6:58:29 AM

Alright, I appreciate your help

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April 24, 2014 11:53:56 AM

Just out of curiosity have you tried or used any other recording software? Would love to help with FRAPS settings if I knew anything about FRAPS. Not sure if there is anything in there you could change that would help.
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April 24, 2014 2:11:43 PM

I didn't tried any other recording software. I'm new to recording and FRAPS is the only one I know. You are probably right because I tried changing every little settings to help me record at 60 FPS/1080p. That's why I came on Tom's Hardware and created this thread
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April 24, 2014 2:26:26 PM

60FPS at 1080p uncompressed is a lot of data, I think for a 7200rpm HDD you should just do 30fps @ 1080p

that's what my FRAPS defaults it to since the write speed of a 7200rpm HDD is not that high.
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April 24, 2014 5:13:45 PM

Entomber said:
60FPS at 1080p uncompressed is a lot of data, I think for a 7200rpm HDD you should just do 30fps @ 1080p

that's what my FRAPS defaults it to since the write speed of a 7200rpm HDD is not that high.


I know I should record at 30 FPS, but to be honest, I hate so much playing at that framerate, it is so annoying when you know you can play at 60 FPS no problem

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April 24, 2014 8:02:24 PM

I guess another option would be to set up two drives in RAID 0. This link - http://www.videoguys.com/Blog/Entry.aspx?BlogID=2&Title... - will provide more insight than I can.
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May 4, 2014 2:19:08 PM

Which HDD would be the best for RAID 0? I don't need 4TB of storage, but 1TB or 2TB in total would be fine. Also, are Hybrid HDD fast enough for my purpose? That would be great if I don't have to buy two HDD
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May 4, 2014 9:22:02 PM

then grab 2 7200RPM 1TB HDDs and RAID them. RAID 0 combines the total available storage space of both drives, and you'll end up with a much faster 2TB drive.
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May 5, 2014 4:54:21 AM

Any 7200RPM HDD would be fine? Is there some HDD that are better for RAID 0? Any suggestion of which I should buy?
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May 5, 2014 5:48:10 PM

Dude, you have a gtx770.... use SHADOWPLAY to record. it will use the hardware h264 encoder built into your gpu for just about a 0% performance hit on your system.
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