- Dec 29, 2006
- 693 (0.17/day)
- Atlanta, GA, USA
|Motherboard||Asus Maximus VIII Impact|
|Memory||2 x 16 GB G.Skill TridentZ @ 3200 MHz|
|Video Card(s)||Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini|
|Case||Thermaltake Suppressor F1|
|Power Supply||SilverStone 600w SFX|
ANS-9010 RAM Disk
I'd like to thank ACARD Technology for allowing me to test this product.
Since the first time I played with a Gigabyte i-RAM, I've been patiently waiting for something to come along that would take advantage of newer technologies, like DDR2 and the faster SATA standard. My wish was finally granted in the form of Acard's ANS-9010.
List of specs and features from ACARD's website...
A few photos...
I used this for several weeks, but not as a primary OS disk. Instead, I used it for installed programs. Although I did install Windows XP and Vista on it to check boot times (which are nice and quick) for the price of enough RAM to make it a functional OS drive, I declined to do so.
However, using it as an installed programs drive was extremely effective. Programs installed in a fraction of the time they normally would, and applications that take forever to load, like Photoshop CS3, started up in a flash.
But for the purpose of obtaining more measurable results, I ran several synthetic benchmarks against the following configurations:
WD Raptor 36gb 16mb cache.
2x i-RAM (RAID 0)
1x ACARD ANS-9010
1x ACARD ANS-9010 (RAID 0 enabled)
The rest of the testing platform consisted of:
QX9650 @ 4ghz
2x1gb Team Xtreem PC8000
Gigabyte ODIN Pro 1200w
XFX GTX280 (for PCMark05)
Now for the bench results...
WD Raptor 36gb
2x i-RAM (RAID 0)
ACARD ANS-9010 RAID 0 mode
RAID 0 ability without buying another unit.
Battery for short-term power loss.
PCI slot not needed.
Fits in 5.25" bay.
No power to the unit when the computer is off.
Price of enough DDR2 to fill the unit to maximum capacity.
Thanks for reading!