Question Can a "slow" Windows drive bottleneck games on a faster second drive?

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Hi, I'm planning on building a new PC and I was wondering if having Windows installed in a SSD or even a mechanical drive would bottleneck games running on a second M.2 drive (3500 MB/s read speed). Let's say the PC will have 32 GB of 3200 mhz RAM, a Core i9 10900k and (hopefully) an RTX 3080. Thanks.
 

USAFRet

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If a SATA III SSD, you won't notice.
If an HDD, then anything that needs to interact with the HDD...it will run at HDD speed.

For new system, there is little reason to have HDD, except for maybe a backup drive location, or for music/video.
 

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Unless the game is constantly streaming assets from the storage drive, you won't see any performance hiccups while playing. Loading times may have an extra second or so if the data has to come from say the Windows directory or where user data is saved.
 

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