Gran Turismo 5 has been found to significantly benefit from the installation of a solid-state drive (SSD) into the PlayStation 3 console, according to several reports from around the web over the past few days. One of the most organized and extensive tests was conducted by GTPlanet user padadiso. Click through his collection of graphs below, or head over to his forum topic for more discussion and analysis.
Other positive results come from civicgsir in our forums and Phil at Beyond3D. While addressing these reports, tech blog DigitalFoundry offers some insight into why GT5 gets such a boost: its massive PS3 installation is made up of tens of thousands of smaller files (more than 15,800 files in a single folder, “PDIPFS”, for example). These smaller files are better handled by a SSD, which doesn’t have to physically move any read/write heads over HDD platters to load them into memory.
If you’re willing to sacrifice drive capacity on your PS3 console, you can pick up a 30GB SSD for $66.99 at NewEgg, or choose something more sizable at a higher price point. Whether such an upgrade is “worth it” or not is entirely up to you, but if you plan on digging in to GT5 over the next few years, an SSD will ensure you’re spending more time looking at the road – not a progress bar.