Would this usb 3.0 external drive be fast enough to install games

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by anonymous4a, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. anonymous4a macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Yeah that'll be fine. Though you really should run games from the internal SSD if you really care about performance.
  3. anonymous4a thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
    well I do, just that I'm out of space. Performance wise, would it be good enough to run a multiplayer game like starcraft 2 , guild wars 2 ? any lag during gameplay ?
  4. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    You should try to get a 7200rpm if you are going to get a HDD. If it must be a 2.5" bus powered drive then try to get the HGST Touro Pro. Make sure it is the Pro. It's 7200rpm. There is no other 1 TB 2.5" 7200rpm drive currently.

  5. anonymous4a thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
    yeah, I was considering that drive but than others have told me that the speed of external hard drive only affects install times, load times of levels in games. Not actual gameplay lag. That still is determined by cpu, gpu, ram of computer. Is that true ? I don't mind longer load times if I'm able to save a few bucks. I was most worried about actual gameplay lag in a multiplayer game .
  6. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    thats not true. if thats the case, people would be buying 4200rpm usb 2.0 drives and installing games on them. if you want to install games on external, buy 7200rpm usb 3.0.
  7. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    Some 5400 USB drives can be very slow, irrespective of whether they have a USB 2.0 or 3.0 controller. I wouldn't risk it. I would only use 5400 drives for storage.

    Also the drive inside is exceptional as a stand alone. Owc even buys the touro pro just to rip the drive out. You see them selling the used enclosure for a few dollars. So if you ever give up on gaming, the drive works well in laptops and minis etc. I run one in a fusion drive on a 2012 Mac mini.

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