SSD or RAM - best upgrade for streaming Kontakt libraries

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GearNostalgia
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255 posts since 28 Dec, 2017

Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:16 pm

I had some issues with stuttering audio in my DAW recently. I fixed the main problem today by disabling powersaving on CPU and it runs fine now. But this made me think about possible upgrades in performance as well. I have my Kontakt libraries on standard IDE drives now and my PC have 16 GB of RAM. What would improove the DAW performance most. Adding 16 GB more ram or getting a SSD drive for the samples? Possibly even getting one of the new M.2-drives (is it possible to get practical use for that 3000mb read speeds?)?
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DJ Warmonger
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2885 posts since 7 Jun, 2012 from Warsaw

Re: SSD or RAM - best upgrade for streaming Kontakt libraries

Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:18 pm

What is your current RAM usage?
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GearNostalgia
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255 posts since 28 Dec, 2017

Re: SSD or RAM - best upgrade for streaming Kontakt libraries

Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:05 pm

DJ Warmonger wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:18 pm
What is your current RAM usage?
Not quite sure, what is the best way to check it. Controlpanel?

GearNostalgia
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255 posts since 28 Dec, 2017

Re: SSD or RAM - best upgrade for streaming Kontakt libraries

Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:06 pm

But I do know that it takes like half a minute to load some sample libraries.

I did a quick check with task manager now and it says around 12 of the 16 GBs are used in a song I loaded.

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jancivil
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16095 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from No Location

Re: SSD or RAM - best upgrade for streaming Kontakt libraries

Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:16 pm

One won't replace the other. The performance difference is huge with an SSD; running out of RAM is a real thing using samples libraries.
I got through 2017 on reduced circumstances with 8GB but it was a drag and made working more time consuming, being a samples-reliant composer.

GearNostalgia
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255 posts since 28 Dec, 2017

Re: SSD or RAM - best upgrade for streaming Kontakt libraries

Post Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:39 pm

jancivil wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:16 pm
One won't replace the other. The performance difference is huge with an SSD; running out of RAM is a real thing using samples libraries.
I got through 2017 on reduced circumstances with 8GB but it was a drag and made working more time consuming, being a samples-reliant composer.
Do you have any experience with the SATA versus the m.2 SSDs?

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waltercruz
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1602 posts since 4 Dec, 2011 from Brasília, Brazil

Re: SSD or RAM - best upgrade for streaming Kontakt libraries

Post Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:53 pm

SSD.

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