HOLY CRAP! 1-4 GB RAMdisk starting at $80?!?! 30 replies

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#1 13 years ago

http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20050601_115506.html

Gigabyte will release by the end of the year a SATA-1 DDR RAM RAMDISK card, estimated starting price will be $80 for the card alone.

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The card goes into a PCI card slot for power, has 4x DDR1 DIMM slots and holds a minimum of 1GB and a max of 4GB of memory. Backup power to save data stored in the DIMM's is provided by a large MAC style battery that plugs into the card.

Sure 4GB is small but the point is the speed. A normal HDD has a spin up time and a seek time in the milliseconds. RAM refreshes in the nanoseconds.

A RAMDISK has no moving parts so if you installed windows onto a RAMDISK bootup would be almost instant. Games or applications installed onto a RAMDISK would benefit as well.

RAMDISK drives have been used by Universities, military and research groups have used RAMDISKS for years but for it to hit mainstream ue at such a price is impressive.




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#2 13 years ago

That is by far the most interesting piece of equipment I've seen in a long time... fantastic. The biggest advantage would be booting windows in extremely short times... 4gb is plenty for an installation, just stick non-essential programs like photoshop on the conventional hard disk. I wouldn't be using one of those for games though, much better to use it for the most important stuff. That way when you drop the computer out of a 3 story building you can still run the OS :). See what you've done? I'm blathering in amazement. I feel like your avatar.




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#3 13 years ago

Cool.

I'm wondering how to upgrade memory, or change the battery, without loosing data. Even worse, downgrade Memory... I find I have to do that frequently....




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#4 13 years ago
Tom's BiasWareThe company simply uses a battery that protects stored content, when a PC is shut down. While the PC is turned on, the battery is recharged.

Well, that solves one problem. Now, why do you need to downgrade frequently? [EDITEDBY="Me, 17 times daily"][/EDITEDBY]




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#5 13 years ago

well there is someone out there that will think they need 8gb of ram an a1.1ghz computer (pawnd)




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#6 13 years ago

i got 10 from pc world in china which run on an cell procesor!




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#7 13 years ago

[color=red]WARNING!! Windows reports low battery power change it now or make billy boy gates some more money[/color]

that looks an amazing idea, but i can forsee problems with the battery dying. guess the OS would need to be backed up onto a hard drive as well


Thinking about it.



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#8 13 years ago

Seen it a while ago, and it's pretty interesting. It was estimated they would be commerically available this time next year. This week's episode of Click Online features it.




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#9 13 years ago
El_DestructoThe biggest advantage would be booting windows in extremely short times...

I was thinking the same, using it as a bootmedium would be great.




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#10 13 years ago

M!tchWARNING!! Windows reports low battery power change it now or make billy boy gates some more money

that looks an amazing idea, but i can forsee problems with the battery dying. guess the OS would need to be backed up onto a hard drive as well[/quote] That is exactly what I was talking about. Should the battery die, or get damage, and leak. Windows will go bye, bye.

[QUOTE=El_Destructo]Well, that solves one problem. Now, why do you need to downgrade frequently?

No, recharging while Windows is running does not solve the problem. I said replace, or ADD memory. To make the drive bigger.

You can't replace a battery, or add memory, while the computer is on.

The reason I would have to downgrade fequently, is I work as a Computer Sales, and Service person. If stock gets low, and the customer wants a cheaper used product, then I end up selling my own hardware. It doesn't cost me a lot, and I end up making money. :D

If I don't have a hard drive, that I could backup data to, then I would not touch the RamDrive.

I may install Linux onto one, but not Windows. There is too high a risk, that reinstalling will cost me atleast a hundred dollars, or several hundred dollars, depending on the version I get.