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    Smile HEXUS.reviews :: GIGABYTE GC-RAMDISK i-RAM

    Using fast RAM modules to emulate a hard disk drive, is an interesting approach to speeding up storage...
    Does this variant of the Gigabyte GC-RAMDISK i-RAM deliver the blistering performance it promises? HEXUS investigates...

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    Don't know where I've read, but there's something that the battery is only capable to keep the data overnight, some 12 hours, that's not quite good.

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    for the purposes of a scratch area it appears this would help improve the overall performance of a machine, but the cost is a bit steep I was wondering though how it would perform in a 3 way test involving conventional hdd's & these new "hybrid" hdds

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpawnofSonic
    for the purposes of a scratch area it appears this would help improve the overall performance of a machine, but the cost is a bit steep I was wondering though how it would perform in a 3 way test involving conventional hdd's & these new "hybrid" hdds
    The hybrids use flash memory (IIRC) which is still a lot slower than RAM, but it would certainly give them an advantage over regular HDDs. However, I'm not sure whether our particular testing regime would show that.
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    I am getting really annoyed that the people who make this sort of hardware always put a limiting factor on it, by this I mean a PCI bus instead of a PCI-E bus, SATA150 instead of SATA300. Have hardware developers not heard of PCI express?!

    On to the solution for backing up this drive there is a much easier way: ACRONIS (true image?). It comes with its own backing up schedule solution and so you could schedule a backup every 10hrs or so, a restore is equally as easy as backing aswell

    I won't be getting this RAMdisk or any other RAMdisk until there are ones which use both SATA300 and PCI-E. Same as RAID card aswell tbh.

    EDIT: To further illustrate my point http://www.techpowerup.com/index.php?14941 . Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't ATA have a maximum transfer speed of 133Mbps?
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    Its normally down to the cost of implmentation and r&d costs - i.e its cheaper to implement technology they know more about.

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    Yeah, David's right. Also they've used an FPGA... basically a chip they can program to do what they want. I wonder if it's actually quick enough to justify a SATA 300 PHY?

    As for Acronis true image... have they made version 9 support x64 yet? I have a license but can't use the damn thing.
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    I've used this as a scratch disk for photoshop and for the swap file and it can make a huge difference. My friend works in television and 700mb pictures are not unheard of. When photoshop starts putting these on the scratch disk it can take 3-4+ minutes. On the iram its only a matter of seconds.
    The computer has 3gb of ram already with the /3gb switch and there wasn't much more that could be done to speed photoshop up without spending a fortune.
    Raid might have improved the harddisk throughput but I would have had to upgraded the case, power supply, cooling, raid controller and get fast hard disks. I tried Raid a year or so ago and was disapointed with the performance. I'm also wary of hard disk reliability.

    For other people 4gb isn't really enough, the improvements are very application specific.

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    hmmm, I've never used acronis on x64 before so I can't help you there... Could you perhaps run Acronis on a network computer and make your disc a network drive or something like that?

    About the R&D costs though, couldn't they just add a premium on the final product? It would make it soo much easier for motherboard makers if everything was one standard instead of having 10 different types of standards (PCI, PCI-E, PCI-X etc.) on the mainboard. I would pay more for a PCI-E of the XFX RAID card aswell as a lot of other PCI only products (sound cards, etc.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottfscottf
    For other people 4gb isn't really enough, the improvements are very application specific.
    I think that sums it up perfectly.

    ExceededGoku: Not for the backups I want to do. Anyhoo it's a bit off topic from the i-RAM, so I'll grumble no more.
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    my thoughts exactly

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    I've read a few other online reviews about the iRAM, most a good 6 months or so back when it was first released. Real world performance is disappointing and it really seems only suitable for those with a specific need.

    I think in time this sort of technology could be commonplace with PCs shipping with the OS on a RAM based device and a hard drive being used for data storage and backup. It offers huge advantages in speed and more importantly reliability (assuming the backup works automatically (every time computer shuts down perhaps?).

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    i want one. but im not sure why. it just screams SPEED at you. of course its a new mobo/proccy/ram/gfx/hdd first.... so maybe someone will have a clear-cut use for it by then rather than just bragging rights?

    non-photoshop etc user btw, i know its got some uses already. just not for the general pc user
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    The cost is definitely a huge deterrent. I mean, does it really need to use PC3200 RAM? Wouldn't this be a great way to put good old SDRAM lying around to good use?

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