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Delivering Extreme Entertainment with Intel® Solid-State DrivesCo-creators of the immensely popular Unreal* series of video games and current producers of several AAA game titles, Digital Extremes is among the most successful game development studios in the world. Sustaining that success requires not only a constant stream of creativity but also an extreme focus on internal efficiency. To speed up key production tasks, the company recently replaced traditional hard disk drives with Intel® Solid-State Drives in several workstations. By accelerating source-code build times up to 46 percent and increasing the speed of other production processes more than 100 percent, the new drives enable development teams to experiment with more creative possibilities while still meeting tight deadlines.ChallengesIncrease process efficiency. Maintain a competitive edge by increasing the efficiency of numerous production tasks, from completing new source-code builds to encoding content for multiple game platforms.SolutionIntel® Solid-Safe Drives. Digital Extremes replaced traditional serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drives with Intel® X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives (SSDs) in workstations used by programmers and artists.ImpactFaster builds, increased innovation. The Intel SSD solution helped accelerate source-code build times by up to 46 percent, enabling development teams to rapidly incorporate testing feedback and giving them time to explore additional creative ideas without increasing costs.• Rapid ROI. By saving time with key processes, Digital Extremes could recoup the cost of each drive within a month.• Improved Productivity. Intel SSDs help to boost worker productivity by enabling artists to load editing applications and move between game layers more than five times faster than before.• Accelerated production. With the installation of Intel SSDs, Digital Extremes dramatically reduced the time to encode content, optimize placement of content on DVDs, and build disc images, helping to ensure on-time delivery of innovative games.Read the full Delivering Extreme Entertainment with Intel® Solid-State Drives case study: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/solid-state-drives/ssd-digital-extremes-study.html
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