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PlayStation 3 SSD Upgrade Makes it Load Faster

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 65 comments

Well, of course it does.

We all know that an SSD is one of the most effective upgrades for a computer system, but what about for a console? It turns out that putting an SSD inside a PlayStation 3 has similar performance benefits too!

Phil, a member of the Beyond3D forum, installed a Corsair F120 SSD into his PlayStation 3 to see if it would do anything to improve the loading times of Gran Turismo 5 – and did it ever.

Wait times due to loading were in some cases cut down to half. Here is the chart that Phil made showing an old PS3 "fat" model with an SSD as compared to a PS3 Slim with the stock HDD. Given that the new PS3 Slim units tend to load faster than the old PS3 "fat" units, the effect of the SSD is quite significant.

Another test by forum poster civicgsir on GTPlanet saw his Gran Turismo 5 install (plus update) finish in 25 minutes – which normally takes 42 minutes – thanks to an OCZ Vertex 60GB.

Even with the hefty install from Blu-ray Disc to hard disk drive, which is supposed to aid in load times, Gran Turismo 5's excruciatingly lengthy loading of files from the disk is enough to have enthusiasts reaching for SSDs. We don't blame them – after all, we want SSDs in everything.

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    nevertell , December 17, 2010 4:02 PM
    FYI, faster drives are faster !
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    Trialsking , December 17, 2010 4:15 PM
    nevertellFYI, faster drives are faster !


    In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet....
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  • 20 Hide
    nevertell , December 17, 2010 4:02 PM
    FYI, faster drives are faster !
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 17, 2010 4:02 PM
    The load times in GT are very long, but I can't see my self purchasing a SSD to throw in my PS3. BTW I like what they did with Shawn White snowboarding their loading screens are an endless half pipe that you can ride on while the mountain is loading.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2010 4:03 PM
    Isn't the point of consoles to plug and play, not to install, wait, and then play?
  • 15 Hide
    Trialsking , December 17, 2010 4:15 PM
    nevertellFYI, faster drives are faster !


    In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet....
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    chunkymonster , December 17, 2010 4:16 PM
    I just assume retire my RAID0 velociraptors for an SSD before I get an SSD for my PS3...besides the long load times allows me to drink some beer or hit the bong, whichever is closest :-o
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    JasonAkkerman , December 17, 2010 4:19 PM
    WHAT??? SSD's are faster then HDD's? When did this happen?
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    kashifme21 , December 17, 2010 4:28 PM
    Well how would you trim the drive on the PS3?
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    microterf , December 17, 2010 4:43 PM
    meh, so you can quickly get to your crappy console graphics. I'll stick with a ssd in a PC, and graphics the way they're meant to be seen.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2010 4:50 PM
    If there's any disk caching going on in the PS3, consider the need to replace the SSD frequently.
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    chickenhoagie , December 17, 2010 4:54 PM
    PS3's use mechanical harddrives? i had no idea..
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    reggieray , December 17, 2010 4:57 PM
    Wow, how would this do in a 360? Oh thats right MS has all of the crapbox 360s using a proprietary drive, poor MS fanboys.
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    dalta centauri , December 17, 2010 4:59 PM
    It's decent that SSDs do actually work properly and show performance gains with speed on a ps3. It's a bit silly that someone would figure this out now, but it does show the ps3s expandability.
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    Kahless01 , December 17, 2010 5:06 PM
    they dont need it on the 360's load times arent as bad since the disc drive is faster. back to bed ps3 fanboy.
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    FSXFan , December 17, 2010 5:14 PM
    microterfmeh, so you can quickly get to your crappy console graphics. I'll stick with a ssd in a PC, and graphics the way they're meant to be seen.

    Well good luck getting any PC to play some Gran Turismo, seeing as it's only going to be available on PS3. Yes I realize PC's are capable of better graphics but with some games it's not just about the graphics but about gameplay, and GT is good enough for me (and many others) to justify having a PS3 only for this title, oh and it's my Blu-Ray player too. This does make me want to upgrade the SSD already in my PC and pop the old one into the PS3 though.
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    rubix_1011 , December 17, 2010 5:44 PM
    I own GT5 and a PC...I'm disappointed with the graphics and gameplay of GT5 over that of GT4...its like...GT4...part 2.

    For the amount of time it took to develop GT5...I expected much more than we got.
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    rhino13 , December 17, 2010 5:48 PM
    Must say I agree with jackt this is a frustration for 360 users.
    I'd like to know though, will consoles play nice with an SSD?

    If the console uses an SSD as an access table you're going to have exceeded the allowable writes in less than a year. And that would just be a sad waste of an SSD!
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    scuba dave , December 17, 2010 5:52 PM
    Kahless01they dont need it on the 360's load times arent as bad since the disc drive is faster. back to bed ps3 fanboy.


    A little bit faster, at times, yes. However, you can keep your obnoxiously loud disc drive, your hardware problems, and everything else for that matter.. Don't worry.. we can stop by the kitchen for a glass of warm milk on your way back to bed fanboi. ;P
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    fayzaan , December 17, 2010 5:54 PM
    zomg NO VAYS!! IZ FASTERSS!!!
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    aknosis , December 17, 2010 6:18 PM
    trialskingIn other news, the sky is blue and water is wet....


    LOL
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    that_id , December 17, 2010 6:24 PM
    I'd be extremely interested to find out what times return by comparison with a Hybrid SSD/HDD like the Seagate Momentus Hybrid NCQ. Get 500GB for $120, if the speed is anywhere near the SSD speeds it would be more than worth it for the price. There's one poster in the reviews that said that's what he used it for and seemed impressed.
    As for those of you who are so animate about your PC being so much better, one cost under 300 bucks and doesn't require hearing protection when I turn it on in the living room.
    The other I only play if I'm offline and don't need to worry about the competition having a rig that cost over $5000 mean-while the same spoiled rich kid is talking about his 'skilllz.'
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