Well i do get it but i bought a SSD and it broke in less then a year...so yeah not fun times...i dont feel like changing it every year
A 250 GiB SSD costs 30€/$, this no longer a luxury product.
People with really old hardware should be more concerned about their GPU. While Shadowlands will still launch with an HDD, it won't with outdated GPU. Download PTR today and check if the game launches.
Blizzard should sell SSD's through their gameshop so people can buy them with gold.
Facts that affect loading speed (from top to bottom):* Storage Technology: SSD@m2/PCI > SSD@SATA > SSD@USB > HDD* CPU Speed: reading data from disk involves decompression of the game data and anti-virus scanning* Amount of memory: bigger RAM allows read ahead caching of disk reads (so it will speed up reading data from slow storage like HDD a bit)* Network speed and latency (the WoW client must fetch dynamic data like player characters in a certain area)* Server load on WoW realm (logging in on a high or full realm can slow down loading a lot, as the client must wait for the dynamic data - see above)So there are certain parts which can be tweaked, but having a fast file storage has the strongest effect for sure.
Yea im sure loading into new dala is still 5-10 seconds, that's just one loading screen, lets see a few more.
it's 2020 and somehow beyond me how anybody, especially a pc gamer, would still use HDDs. SSDs are better in every way possible and they aren't even expensive anymore.
Did the redditor check the times a second time? You do realize the first load of the day is always the slowest. I'm not saying that an HDD will beat an SSD, but the load time is definitely going to be a lot lower than that. Also "If you're looking at performance upgrades", I'm sorry to say this, but this is literally the last part when it comes to performence in WoW. In PoE for example SSD is pretty much required unless you are fine with waiting on each portal, which doesn't make sense since the game nowadays is all about speed. WoW however is irrelevant when it comes to load times, so it can hardly count as performence upgrade. If you have lower FPS cpu, gpu, ram are a lot more meaningful upgrades before an SSD, heck if I have to be honest I'd first buy a better monitor before an SSD.I myself am running an nvme on my gaming PC, but I know that a lot of people can't afford upgrades and I think it's misleading to tell them that this will give them performence upgrade past the load times.For those that have the extra money yes SSD/NVME is a must and you have no excuse not to have one. For those that can't afford it, you will be fine with playing the game, but if you do want to get an SSD, but money is tight you can always just skip 1 month of playing WoW and get a cheap 120GB SSD for $15. Yes there are SSDs at that price and while they can't be compared to the top models they will do just fine in games.
It's up to Blizzard to make sure you don't need to buy new hardware to play a 16 year old game. If you need to load stuff forever that's their failure and players shouldn't have to buy new hardware just to keep playing their game.
What kind of potato do they need to be running wow on to have a 1 min 27 seconds load time in the Vindicar. I have wow on a regular hard drive and use mY SSD for other games, and I have literally NEVER had any load screen take that long anywhere in Legion, BFA, or any other expansion. Never. The longest I have waited in BFA or legion was about 10 seconds max.
I got PC with NVMe (Corsair Force MP510B, 980GB, ls. 3480MB/s, amd rx5700xt w/8G VRAM), loading times are Silvermoon, TB 3-4s; Great Seal, Boralus, OG, Stormwind City, Ironforge, Garrison 5-6s, Legion Dalaran about 6-7s, Vindicar takes only 2-3 seconds.That 25 seconds difference to SSD mentioned in the article is too big, there must be some other issues with his PC.
I think it's been more then enough time to start having SSDs as a minimum. Especially considering even a 500gb one will work early til you can upgrade to a 1gb one. I've been using the same 500gb one for awhile and plan on transferring it over to my new pc when I finish getting the last of the parts later in the year. HDDs are fine for just general file storage but in terms of OS bootup and games SSDs kick the crap out of them anyday of the week.