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    Best Value USB Key for Vista ReadyBoost?

    I mistakenly bought a cheap USB memory stick from PC World, but it isn't compatible with Readyboost...

    Which is the best value stick out there that is? Also, is it worth getting a 4GB one?

    Does anyone use it? Is it worth looking into?

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    Ive never used it tbh as i've got plenty of ram. Supposed to be good but i'm unconvinced by the reviews. Anyhoo, here's a pretty comprehensive compatability chart. http://www.grantgibson.co.uk/misc/readyboost/
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    cant say i have seen it make much diff tbh.
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    I see Scan sell a Corsair stick designed specifically for ReadyBoost (link). It's a 1Gb stick which sounds just about enough. I guess you will be leaving it plugged into the PC permanently so I wouldn't want to spend a fortune on this (otherwise you'd be better off getting more RAM).

    I'd be tempted to get this as I understand that it boosts performance even for a system with 4Gb RAM. Don't think of it as a replacement for RAM but rather a way of boosting performance. If you've got less than 2Gb I'd consider increasing the RAM instead/ as well as buying this stick.

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    I saw some tests on this and it makes very little benefit on most apps. Basically the cache on your HD is faster.

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    I already have 4GB RAM - but it's got to be worth a bash for £10

    Thanks for the info folks

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    Well I've actually seen a test on gamespot where the readyboost did virtually nothing for computers with two gig or more of ram but that may have been about two months ago. http://uk.gamespot.com/features/6167115/index.html
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