ExpressCard or FW800

Discussion in 'macOS' started by swwack91, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't want to waste hard drive space on my MBP's hard drive on games. I have a 16GB SSD ExpressCard as well as a FW800 external hard drive.

    Which would be optimum for playing games off of (considering that a game will need a fairly high read/write speed to keep up)?

    If the FW800 drive is better, how much better? Would I notice a difference if I used the ExpressCard instead?
     
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    The FW800 is goign to be faster since its a direct connection to the bus, express card is somewhat slower (though I cannot quote a figure on that). How much you will notice is hard to say.

    Personally I would not use an external drive of any kind to play games on - the main drive will probably be much faster - again that depends though.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I think you should re-think your gaming strategy. Running of either is going to be noticeably slower than running off of your internal drive.
     
  4. swwack91 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. I've decided instead to run any games that I'm currently using off of my internal and moving games that I'm not currently using onto my external until I want them again.
     

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