You're probably going to have a hard time finding anything other then a 5200 drive on a laptop if it isn't a SSD drive.
While we're on computer specks...
i7 3930k, 16 gigs or ram, GTX 670 on WD Blacks and the loading time is pretty slow. Slow enough that I don't like mapping if I can help it. I haven't timed it but, going to somewhere like LA is well over 30 seconds.
I guess I should post mine too... maybe there's something obviously wrong with my hardware setup
8gb ram, GTX 460, 7200rpm, i5-650 3.2 ghz
eh maybe i just need to upgrade to i7 or something.
When it's slow enough that you don't want to waypoint, it's too ****ing slow.
As much as I like the game, it runs atrociously, which is sad because I wanted to switch to linux sometime and I'm not going to be able to do that and deal with an fps hit on an ATI card while trying to run gw2 through wine.
I just timed it. It was consistently 9 seconds for LA and 4 seconds for regular areas.
Christ, what do you have, a 3ghz Intel Xeon E7, with four GTX 690s in SLI?
I uh...I've notice load times being kinda long. However, maybe it was my imagination, but I swear the higher level my character was, the longer the load times. I'm not kidding. If I log into one of my lowbies, it feels like I get right in (even in a city...cept LA). But my level 80 seems to take forever. Maybe I'll have to look at where I'm loading into on my other characters though, maybe it's just that I'm loading into low-pop zones.
I wonder if getting a fresh .dat would help?
Mine are about the same times as Fluffballs. About 9 seconds for LA and 4-5 seconds for regular areas.
The game is on a 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT (spindle speed 7200 RPM, data transfer rate about 149MB/s over SATA 6.)
My CPU is an I7 2600K only slightly overclocked due to closed system liquid cooling mostly (I could overclock it more but I'm not willing to risk it.)
Got 16GB of Corsair Dominator GT RAM @1866mhz
And an EVGA GTX680 (superclocked signature with a spiffy but hardly ever looked at backplate.)
...not that I think that loading times really have anything to do with the graphics card. It all comes down to your SSD/HDD speed, bus width and how busy your system is at the time.
I normally don't take any special precautions when running a game like GW2 because it's not much of a ressource hog though. But for more demanding games I will close down unnecessary background processes while the game is running.
I would caution against that if you don't know what you're doing however.
I forgot to mention that my internet is 90Mbps/90Mbps fiberoptic (at least so far as the box in my kitchen cabinet. From there it's just regular wired ethernet.)
my pc is simply reasonable:
250 GTX 1GB
it loads as fast as you would expect, around 20-40 seconds depending on how heavy the area is populated.
I find it strange that kokabel has roughly the same setup as shadowhand except with an SSD, yet her load times are - in her opinion - unreasonable.
The load times have felt longer for me lately, especially to LA, but not as long as others in the thread. I can time it later, but to LA I would say maybe 20-30 seconds?
I do agree that loading is annoying though, especially since it takes 3 loads to get to any of the non-LA cities, and you have to go through LA every time. (Yes I know you can go directly for a fee, but I do not like throwing money at nothing).
Question is of course, how much of the load times are determined by the local setup, how much is the internet speeds from user to server, and how much is just the ANet servers themselves? Does it matter if you connect to the closest one, or if you connect transatlantic? We have seen a lot of computer specs, but not much in way of the other variables. Doing a few traceroutes could maybe be illuminating, but I have to look up on how to do that.
Anyhoo, for me it is:
i7 CPU X 980 @ 3.33GHz
12 GB RAM
GeForce GTX 570
SSDs, both for OS and GW2 .dat (different ones)
Through Wine on Arch, so my FPS is not as good as it could be on that hardware (usually sitting at around 25-30).
On SBI, so connects from Sweden to the US.
100MB fiber internet.
[EDIT] Timed it. I load into LA in ~25 seconds. Do I have a great skill of estimation or what?