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    Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Windows 7 supposedly has a better version of Readyboost.

    http://www.product-reviews.net/2009/...er-than-vista/

    The important factors to consider when buying a suitable USB drive are: Random 4KB reads and Random 512KB writes.

    I'm looking for speeds of above 5MB/s and 2.5MB/s respectively, but most drive reviews don't include these figures and focus on sequential transfers. 8MB/s and 10MB/s+ are desirable.

    Can anyone recommend a good and cheap product in a 4GB size? Corsair Voyager GTs lead the pack, alongside Transcend's Jetflash 185. Both of these are approx. £30 delivered.

    BTW, before anyone replies with: "Just add more RAM"... A majority of Windows 7 and vista users are stuck at 3.x GB due to their motherboards not supporting >4GB (including with a 64-bit O/S).
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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    I always wondered if Readyboost was that effective, but tbh I've never tried. Maybe it's time to give it a whirl? Put the theory to the test.
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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Quote Originally Posted by rushholme View Post
    BTW, before anyone replies with: "Just add more RAM"... A majority of Windows 7 and vista users are stuck at 3.x GB due to their motherboards not supporting >4GB (including with a 64-bit O/S).
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    A majority? Are you sure of that? I would say a very small minority have issues with motherbards not accepting 4GB+

    That's beside the point though.....IIRC, with 4GB installed, Win7 tells you that enabling ReadyBoost is pointless.....which makes the whole point moot anyway.
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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    i got 6gig of ram, anyone thing i need more with ready bost? oh i got a free slot on my mobo to
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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    I think you'd be wasting your time using Readyboost with 4GB or more RAM.

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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    A majority? Are you sure of that? I would say a very small minority have issues with motherbards not accepting 4GB+
    what about netbooks? most have upper limit of 2gb which is slightly restrictive

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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Netbooks mainly use WinXP though which doesn't support Readyboost.

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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Tried it, can't say i noticed even the slightest benefit. TBH as 4GB is advised anyway for Vista/7 i can't really see anyone noticing the benefit if they have the advised hardware spec.
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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Quote Originally Posted by shbris View Post
    what about netbooks? most have upper limit of 2gb which is slightly restrictive
    And yet still plenty for Windows 7.
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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    Netbooks mainly use WinXP though which doesn't support Readyboost.
    windows 7 is perfect for netbooks, i'm writing on one right now. just put appearance to 'performance' and it still looks great better than xp

    and 2gb is probably enough, but i'd feel better with 4, more the merrier

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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    So, just out of interest, I'm just about to install Win7 RTM on my Gaming Rig (see system specs). I also have a 4GB Patriot Xporter XT Boost High Speed thumbdrive.

    What method would be the most accurate to ascertain whether readyboost had any effect on boot time, or not? In the interests of science of course
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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Time boot up to a particular event (if you have Steam or something let it auto load on start up and stop the clock when the icon appears in the tray or something). Repeat for a total of 5 times. Install USB stick, allow to be used as ReadyBrekoost. Boot up another 5 times. Take off USB stick, boot up another 5 times. Add in USB stick, boot up another 5 times. Perform ANOVA/T-test.

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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    A majority? Are you sure of that? I would say a very small minority have issues with motherbards not accepting 4GB+
    Maybe the majority of non-hexus members: with £400 dual core systems that are over a year old?

    e.g. G945, G31, P31, laptops, old nforce and via chipsets don't support 4GB+

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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Quote Originally Posted by rushholme View Post
    BTW, before anyone replies with: "Just add more RAM"... A majority of Windows 7 and vista users are stuck at 3.x GB due to their motherboards not supporting >4GB (including with a 64-bit O/S).
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    Not sure where that came from, but it's nonsense. The 3.x GB RAM limit is directly related to the restriction of a 32-bit Windows OS. Most 64-bit motherboards over the past few years have 4 slots and support at least 4GB of RAM. RAM will either work in those slots or it won't, so how can you get a "majority limit" that is between 3 and 4GB especially when 1GB sticks have been available for years?

    Readyboost was designed as a poorman's memory expansion (or someone that has no idea how to install memory), and the recommended amount is one to two and a half times the system RAM.
    For the cost of a decent fast USB stick, you might as well buy some proper RAM.

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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    Quote Originally Posted by darkghost View Post
    Not sure where that came from, but it's nonsense. The 3.x GB RAM limit is directly related to the restriction of a 32-bit Windows OS....
    You're wrong. The G31 chipset, for example, cannot use more than 4GB no matter what the O/S is.

    In practice it can address between 3 and 3.5GB, depending on the size of GFX card memory and, to a lesser extent other installed hardware .

    I have installed the 64-bit Win7 RTM and I get 3.1GB usable with 4GB DDR2.

    I reinstalled the 32-bit version for now as it has slightly better compatibility for gaming (I think).

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    Re: Windows 7 - improved Readyboost

    I tried it on my 2gb 1000he asus with a cheapo cruzer 8gb stick and didn't notice any difference, except the battery didnt last as long. Possible due to the annoying flashing led on the cruzer

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