Best gaming settings I've found

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Dunring
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Best gaming settings I've found

Post by Dunring » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:48 am

Hey gang,

Well after trying 100's of setting combinations I wanted to share the best settings I've found for smooth and fast gaming. I have an Evo 960 boot NVME drive, and a pair of Crucial SSD's. I tried stripe sets, playing games in all combinations and this is the best setup I found and staying with.

One the NVME drive (just 256gb) I put everything like 4GB swap, browser cache, temp and all things Windows on it. Disable windows write cache, and set Primocache to 4GB (have 16GB ram) with read/write, 4k sectors, 300ms delay using buffer setting. Then I installed all games to the SSD drive and play from there. This way the game drive is completely available for just the game (I play Destiny 2, Warcraft, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Battlefield 4). The operating system is handled by the cache and it's by far the fastest and smoothest setup. Game load times are less than a second difference from playing off the NVME, but the main thing these days is waiting to login for a multiplayer game, so 1 second isn't an issue for me. The fun is playing from an SSD that's completely free to do one thing, and the overhead of 4k sectors in Primocache doesn't cause any problem for the CPU, even during writes after 5 mins it doesn't go over 80 percent.

I have a I5 Kabylake at 5.1ghz, RAM overclocked to 3333mhz, and a 1080TI at 2100mhz all the time (since it won't go over 50c) on air cooling for everything. So happy with the consistency using Primocache setup this way. If you have 8GB of ram you could easily set it to 512MB or 1GB and write only and get similar results I'm sure. Cache the system drive and play off an SSD that's not being interupted by anything except the game you're playing. Hope you try it, works great :)

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Re: Best gaming settings I've found

Post by support » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:54 am

Thank you very much for sharing your experience!
It's very useful :!:
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Re: Best gaming settings I've found

Post by Dunring » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:50 am

Sure thing, also to size the time delay to write, I used HWmonitor and increased the time but checked to see when it did a write in games, that the CPU utilization never hit 100% on a write. 5 mins is best, if it spent 10 mins before a write then it would spike to 100% and I'd feel it in game, but at 80% CPU usage in game during a write, you don't even notice. 4GB is the sweet spot for a 51% hit rate.

Also the "burst mode" on the Samsung 256gb NVME is only 4 gigs before it goes down to 250MB/sec, the bigger capacities have a bigger buffer, but on the small one extending it with Primocache basically makes sure it never hits that wall, if anyone does a lot of copying and the drive buffer keeps running out on them during big copies, you could size the cache accordingly so it's in NVME speeds all the time. The Samsung cache software won't work with the 256GB version, so this really helps if you didn't know about the limitations of the 960 EVO 256gig.

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