Here at Guru3D.com the audience is catered to gamers. And as such I like to start off with three real world performance game tests for a change.
We take the Alien Versus Predator benchmark and run it a couple of times. From the moment we click on the icon and load up the game to the moment the benchmark start to run is what we are looking at for load time in seconds. After each run we restart the system so we make sure nothing resides in system memory.
The first test has caching off, thus that is merely the HDD in use. Then we startup the cache with a first run, the second run and yea, the minute the data is cached we can see a nice improvement in overall game load time. For RUN 3 we shaved off eight seconds opposed to the regular HDD.
For our second title we take Crysis 2. From the moment we click on the desktop icon and load up the game to the moment we see the Crysis menu is what we are looking at for load time in seconds. After each run we restart the system so we make sure nothing resides in system memory.
So HDD speed is 74 seconds, and after the content is cached we see that number go down to 38 seconds. We restart the system after each test BTW, so there's no residual content stacked or residing in the system memory.
You can literally feel the cache getting faster and faster after each run.
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