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Has anyone here used a RAM disk? I haven't seen any over 4 GB, but have read that if it's used as the windows drive, most everything speeds up by a huge amount, and they are cheap (sub $100), plus ram prices have dropped by 1/2 within 6 months. The drawback is that most only have a battery life of 12 hrs or so, which leads to the next question... is that 12 hours of unplugged time, or 12 hr of "off" time? You'd obviously want to ghost the OS install.

Any opinions or experience? I'm also wondering if high-performance RAM makes a difference... thx.
 
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Lol been ages since i've heard of a RAM disk. I remember gigabyte having a PCI type with 4 DDR2 slots.
 
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Lol been ages since i've heard of a RAM disk. I remember gigabyte having a PCI type with 4 DDR2 slots.
Yea, they were the first... the reviews showed it really sped things up, especially on sustained transfer and access delay:

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=6200&page=5

however laughable given memory prices - but that part of the picture has changed. There are a few others out there as well...

I think I had seen this a while back (promting this post in the first place): http://www.techpowerup.com/?32342
 

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Gigabyte wasn't the first, Alec for example had a rocket drive. And I recall the Gigabyte driver using DDR1.

Either way, RAM drives are easily bottlenecked by the interface, which means they're lightning fast and have very low response times.
 
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The newer models are SATA300, still bottlenecked of course. However 2 of those in RAID0 = really fast.
Indeed... I've only found a few models out there searching on "ram disk" or "DDR2 ram drive" in google. Can you think of any other search terms?
 
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The benches are the ram drives are impressive, but its seems for practical when you use it to page/cache files.
 
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The benches are the ram drives are impressive, but its seems for practical when you use it to page/cache files.
I'd opt for the system drive - it get's hit more frequently than any other.

Wow... I just looked at my windows directory - 3.8 GB!!!
 
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I'd opt for the system drive - it get's hit more frequently than any other.

Wow... I just looked at my windows directory - 3.8 GB!!!
that seems quite high, perhaps the win dir has some temp files, or old data. Also, system restore takes some space also, and every win update has some bloat with it (uninstaller, backed up files, etc).
 
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that seems quite high, perhaps the win dir has some temp files, or old data. Also, system restore takes some space also, and every win update has some bloat with it (uninstaller, backed up files, etc).
Yea, totally... this is my work machine. Here's the twist - I use it so much, it's difficult to find time to do the sensible maintenance. It's easy to find time to post on TPU though, :toast:
 
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saw a review of the gigabyte in this months custompc (uk) and theyre still ddr1 drives, im thinking of getting one, as i have 4gb of ddr1 'just lying around' lol
 

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Perhaps I should just get more RAM and use software to create a RAM drive. Would cost about the same.
I always wanted to try that. I'll research some software later, and try it on a spare system I've got lying around. Did you have any particular program in mind?
 

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