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Launching Rift

Exploring SSD Performance In Battlefield 3, F1 2011, And Rift

Overall Statistics
Rift: Launching
Elapsed Time
Read Operations
9 233
Write Operations
Data Read
202.32 MB
Data Written
2.36 MB
Disk Busy Time
1.31 s
Average Data Rate
156.34 MB/s

Our WoW installation borders on 25 GiB, and it grows with every update. In comparison, Rift is much smaller, only consuming 9.5 GiB. The latter, however, turns out to be a little more storage-intensive than the former during the launch process. According to our summary stats, the exact figure is a little over 200 megabytes consisting of pure reads.

Overall, both MMORPGs have similar I/O characteristics. Most of the accesses are randomly organized, scattered among various transfer sizes, and at a queue depth of one. That's still great news for SSD owners, since they excel in random transfers. As such, your guild mates gaming on hard drive-equipped systems might not load into the game as quickly.

I/O Trends:

  • 81% of all operations occur at a queue depth of one
  • 65% of all operations are random
  • 16% of all operations are 4 KB in transfer size
  • 40% of all operations are 16 KB in transfer size
  • 27% of all operations are 32 KB in transfer size

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