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What size SSD would you recommend for P3D v5?

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I am looking to purchase an SSD for my Prepar3D v5, X-Plane 11 and MSFS 2020 when it comes out. What size would you recommend that would leave me with space leftover to breath? 

I'm thinking a full install of P3D with a lot of add-ons would take about 250-500GB of space, and X-Plane 11 the same.


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That is too small.

I am using 960 GB (close to 1tb) with P3Dv5 alone - it is 50% filled with barely not whole lot.  I plan to utilize XP-11 with the rest as all I need is Southern Cali for Pilotedge.

Minimum 1TB required - if you can get 2TB+

You can always Raid 0 SSDs lol just make sure they are same size (one ssd failure leads to complete data loss on Raid 0)

I have multiple Windows ssds for my system

1TB for P3Dv5 / (maybe xplane 11)

256 GB for FSX - only PMDG-11 and orbx global+openlc

1TB PCIE for DCS - that is 70% full with DCS modules anyway wow

1TB work station mode for work

 

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2TB minimum especially if you like ORBX TE products and/or MSE 4X products.  For my primary use storage I use high speed M.2:

2TB C - Drive for P3D/MSFS

2TB D - Drive for P3D

1TB E - Drive for XP  

I need to up my 1TB XP drive to 2TB or even 4TB.  I'd also like to up my 2TB D - Drive for P3D to 4TB.

Cheers, Rob.

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I have just recently upgraded and have now one M2 SSD  (1TB) for P3Dv5 and another 2 TB M2 SSD  which is mainly dedicated for ORBX.


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Simple. Buy the biggest you can afford. It will eventually be filled up anyway.


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8Tb NMVe SSD for all 3 sims to be sure. 😉


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2 hours ago, captain420 said:

I am looking to purchase an SSD for my Prepar3D v5, X-Plane 11 and MSFS 2020 when it comes out. What size would you recommend that would leave me with space leftover to breath? 

2TB minimum, preferably more.


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I use 1x NVMe 1TB for OS, P3D, X-Plane and MSFS and put all my scenery and add-ons in a secondary M.2 SATA 2TB drive (except for MSFS which at least for now has all packages in the same drive). The speed difference between NVMe and SATA whie loading scenery is hardly noticeable and if i ever need more storage, i can easily add another regular SATA 2TB or 4TB drive.


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2 TB.....


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May I ask why the m2 for scenery? Addons?

my opinion waste of money.

im assuming the m2 does not make a difference?

for P3d to load faster I can understand.

mike

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I currently have a 2x 1TB SSDs filled 98% with pretty much just P3D stuff. So yeah, get at minimum a 2TB, but as others said, just go with the biggest you can afford!


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I have FS9, FSX, P3Dv3, P3Dv4 and P3Dv5 on the same 512GB SSD... and it's half empty. So it depends. 🙂

@mikeymike I like M.2 SSDs for the form factor, not necessarily the performance because you won't notice the difference. Got my latest (512GB 970 EVO NVMe) for around $110 so the price difference isn't too onerous.

Cheers!

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If you plan to go low&slow and not just fly in your immediate surroundings, even the biggest won't last long, since most of the addons will be TE sceneries. USA covered with ORBX and MSE will take nearly 2TB, Europe also in range of 2TB, it just dissapears....

If, on the other hand, you're into jetliners, where scenery doesn't play that much of a role, the size requirements are much smaller, since most addons will be airport sceneries and planes. 

And don't forget, 3x.


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On 5/13/2020 at 6:57 PM, mikeymike said:

May I ask why the m2 for scenery? Addons?

I get M.2's just because there isn't much of a price difference (in some cases they are cheaper) between them and standard SATA SSDs.  As far as sims, somewhere around 300-500MB sustain is all one really needs ... in my testing I saw no difference in load times and performance for P3D or XP11 using a RAM disk or a Samsung Pro M.2 or a SATA SSD.  The RAM disk was actually a tad slower but all were so close to be within a margin of error.

I go with M.2's because they are cheaper and faster specs and do help with other tasks not specifically simulator related.  If you go with Samsung they do cost more, but I've had great success with WD and Intel M.2s

Cheers, Rob.

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