NTFS Cluster size question

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D-Rock

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Hello guys, I have been reading up on cluster size and how it impacts performance on an NTFS partion. From what I understand, the default cluster size in windows XP is 4kb. I know that increasing the cluster size will improve performance but it will waste space. My question is what cluster size would be optimal for a strictly gaming PC? I am willing to bet that the data files that a game uses are larger than 4kb. I am thinking of raising the cluster size to 64kb.


Is this reasonable?
 

fairnooks

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I don't know if its reasonable or not, doesn't seem like it. That's not where performance counts for a game though. Its memory, graphics and cpu interaction that really counts. I don't care if it takes .065 (blue sky estimation) seconds longer to load.
 

D-Rock

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Yeah I know, but what kind of computer enthusiast are you if your not always looking for that little bit more. Ya know? :D
 

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That's true, I just happen to be a minimalist I guess with a desire for the biggest bang for the money. Going from an AMD +3200 939 to an Intel QC 6600 exites me. For something that may only be detectable with a benchmark while giving up on some other efficiency or performance factor...not so much, cuz there just ain't no braggin' rights there at all.

What I see in the future, because the read speeds are potentially fantastic, and write speeds are much less important, are lightening fast solid state read access hard drives just for gaming. Now that would rock!!
 

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I know but I'm not sure they have the speed that makes one sit up and say "holy sodbuster!" yet (is a Raptor faster even with access lag?) and I'd wait for the economy of scale to catch up before making the plunge personally.
 
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