Originally Posted by jadams639
ehh seems like to much work ;p, I think I'll keep it in the htpc. From what I've experienced WMC, XBMC, and others are very slow programs unless you have the right hardware. But from what I've heard that right hardware would be an SSD
It's the right hardware for a lot of reasons, but it is not required to get snappy performance out of WMC. I don't feel like navigating the WMC or MB menus was slower when using a 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive. Launching WMC from boot took a lot longer, booting took a lot longer, and restarts were always done "later." Now if I need to restart due to some update or installation, I just do it right then because it never takes more than a minute to get back. Launching a game will go faster, and loading a multiplayer map for gameplay will go lightning fast compared to how long you used to wait. Get used to the idea of seeing, "Waiting for other players to be ready" if you game with an SSD
Originally Posted by scl23enn4m3
I recently upgrade to an SSD. I don't think it will help your videos when it comes to streaming because that's heavily dependant on your networking speeds. But it definitely makes the menus extremely snappy. I wasn't happy with 7mc's performance on a platter drive
Originally Posted by robnix
Agreed. Any SSD makes a HUGE difference in 7MC and Mediabrowser menus.
I'd challenge the menu snappiness statements
I think the scenarios where people are unhappy with menu performance on an 7200 magnetic drive only occurs when they are EITHER
- Using less than 4 GB RAM
- Using slower than 1333 RAM
Navigating Menus in WMC consists of switching between bunches of little icons named "NOFOCUS" and "FOCUS" which are png files sized something like 100x68 and 258x102 (Those are complete guesses, and no I'm not going to look up the official dimensions) at or around 30-50 kb file sizes.
All these files are resources loaded from the ehres.dll and they are all stored in RAM, so HDD or SDD performance will not help you out there unless you are utlitizing too much RAM somewhere else and it's caching to your C drive. That should
be the only case where an SDD will help out menu performance in WMC, and that should realistically never occur if you are using enough ram
Loading ehres resources to ram will take longer, but switching between menus occurs after wmc is loaded