Is 1TB SSD Enough for Gaming?

The short answer to the question “is 1TB SSD enough for gaming?” is a yes. 1TB SSD is in fact more than enough for most gaming systems. 

However, the amount of storage space you need for your system is entirely subjective. In other words, the amount of storage you need, SSD or HDD, depends upon how many games or programs you wish to install on your PC.

It also depends upon whether you intend to use the storage for archiving files such as large media files, photos, videos etc.

When it comes to SSDs you have to understand the concepts of hot vs cold data. Basically, only the most commonly used games and apps should be stored on an SSD. 

But as far as gaming is concerned, 1TB is in fact more than enough.

Difference Between Hot Data vs Cold Data

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SSDs are often used for most frequently used data – hot data. Image: Samsung 980 pro

This is a pretty neat concept to take note off. Basically, hot data and cold data are terms used in data centers, but it highly applies to PCs as well.

Hot data, is data that you frequently use. In other words, games that you are playing frequently can be considered as hot data.

Cold data is data that you rarely use. So in other words, if there is a game that you haven’t played in a long time i.e 6 months or more, then that can be considered cold data.

Game installation files and other media files such as your personal videos, your archive of TV shows, photos, software installation files etc. can all be considered cold data.

Essentially, SSD should ONLY be used for hot data.

SSD vs HDD – Hot Data vs Archiving

SSDs are expensive. They are almost four times as expensive per GB compared to an HDD.

In others words, you can get a 2TB HDD for the price of 512 GB SSD.

The following table shows the cost of some popular SSDs and HDDs for your reference.

 ModelTypeCostCost/GB
SSDWD Blue NAND (1TB)SATA M.2 SSD$110$1.1
SK Hynix Gold S31 (1TB)SATA 2.5" SSD$100$0.1
Samsung 980 ProGen 4 NVMe SSD$150$0.15
HDDWD Blue 7200 (1 TB)7200rpm HDD$35$0.035
WD Black 7200 (1 TB)7200rpm HDD
High Performance
$65$0.065
  • Note that the prices are subject to change.

Given the high costs of SSDs, it would be unwise to use the storage space for merely archiving. 

My point being. If games are the only applications that you wish to mostly fill your storage space with, then 1 TB SSD is more than enough.

However, if you wish to store miscellaneous large files on it, that you would rarely use, then it would be wiser to have a combination of SSD and HDD i.e 512 GB SSD + 2TB HDD.

Also Read: Do You Need HDD and SSD Both?

With that said,

Is 1TB SSD Enough for Gaming?

Yes, a 1 TB SSD is more than enough for gaming. But do not believe me. Let us look at some sizes of the latest AAA games. 

GameSize (GB)
Resident Evil Village45 GB
Battlefield 204249 GB
Elden Ring60 GB
Cyberpunk 207770 GB
Grand Theft Auto 572 GB
Gears of War 4112 GB
Call of Duty: Black Ops III113 GB
Red Dead Redemption 2150 GB
Destiny 2165 GB
  • The actual disk space is subject to change depending upon future updates and patches.

If you take an average of the games listed above, that comes to about ~ 93 GB average per game.

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Red Dead Redemption can take upto 150 GB of space! and this isn’t the largest game out there.

The operating system takes about 20GB of space. But lets say you also have about a 100 GB of software and miscellaneous apps and files on your PC too. 

That would mean you can still easily install 7 – 9 modern AAA games on your PC with a 1 TB SSD.

Now, it is highly unlikely that you would be playing all of the 7-9 games at the same time. Which brings me back to the point of hot data vs cold data.

So for an average gamer, 1 TB SSD can be an overkill.

Also Read: is 512GB SSD Enough for Gaming?

Is 1TB SSD Enough for Gaming AND Streaming?

Well, if you are someone who streams their games on platforms like Twitch or YouTube live then the storage space that you need becomes more and more subjective.

Again, if you only want to archive your Twitch or YouTube Streams for editing purposes, then the 1 TB SSD space will diminish very quickly. FHD videos of hours on gaming footage take up a lot of space, let alone if you streaming on 4K.

Hence, for simply archiving footage, HDDs are recommended due to their lower price point.

If you stream your games but do not archive your game footage, then the 1 TB SSD should be good enough.

SSDs are NOT All the Same

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SATA SSDs connect to SATA ports unlike NVMe SSDs that connect to the PCIe interface

It should be noted also that not all SSDs are the same.

There are essentially two kinds of SSDs, SATA SSDs and PCIe NVMe SSDs. 

PCIe NVMe SSDs are far superior in performance as compared to SATA SSDs.

Read in Detail: What is The Difference Between SATA and SSD and HDD and NVMe?

FAQ

Is 1 TB SSD Enough for School and Gaming?

1 TB SSD is an overkill for school and gaming. 

School related software such as Microsoft Office, do not occupy much space at all. In addition to that school related work and files also do not occupy much space. 

You will literally have the entire 1 TB for gaming (minus the space operating system and other essential apps occupy).

Also Read: is 4GB Graphics Card Enough for Gaming?

Can You Move Steam Games Installation Folder?

Yes you most certainly can move steam games from one drive to another using this method as described by Steam. 

So if you have a combination of SSD and HDD on your PC. You can basically move a game that you do not play frequently to your HDD for archiving while freeing up space on your SSD to install a newer game.

The game on the HDD will still be playable but it will not see the benefits of the faster SSD performance.

Also Read: Does SSD Improve Gaming Performance?

Final Words

So basically, with the current sizes of AAA games the answer to the question “Is 1 TB SSD enough for gaming?” is a definite yes. 

A 1 TB SSD can be used to install anywhere between 7 – 9 AAA games which is more than just an overkill for an average gamer.

There are high chances that you will only have 3-4 AAA games installed at a time. This would mean you’ll have plenty of space for storing miscellaneous files, software, media etc.

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Atif Qazi
Atif Qazi is the founder of PCGuide101. He is a digital nomad who loves everything PC. He is a PC builder, tech enthusiast, engineer, and a lover of single player lore-rich RPG games.

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