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Super Talent RAM Cache USB 3.0 flash drive prices  (Source: Super Talent)
Ram Cache tech promises up to 300% performance improvement in some uses

With USB 3.0 ports becoming more common on desktop and laptop computers, the number of USB 3.0 storage devices and other gear coming to market is growing. One of the most prevalent areas that USB 3.0 is being embraced is in the storage market.

The new drives are the Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache drives. The drives are offered in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The new DRAM caching system that the drives use promise to boost performance by up to 300%. The company claims to be the only firm offering a caching system on its USB 3.0 drives.

Super Talent COO CH Lee said, "We've made the first, fastest, hardware encrypted, and most affordable USB flash 3.0 flash drives, now with the Express RAM Cache, we are offering affordable cache support on USB 3.0."

Super Talent claims that in real world performance tests copying large files and writing large amounts of smaller files the caching system it uses significantly increases performance. The maker claims that adding the caching system speeds up the copy process of 40 MP3 files by 260% compared to a drive without the caching feature. The time savings increases as the file count goes up.

Lee said, "No longer are we talking about a 10x performance increase over USB 2.0, now we are talking about a real world experience that is up to 110x what our customers have experienced before. Adding RAM Cache to our USB 3.0 Express Drive line-up raises the bar we have established with our first three USB 3.0 products and reiterates our commitment and leadership in the USB 3.0 space."

The USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache Drive in 32GB capacity sells for $129, the 64GB version of the same drive is $209, and both versions are shipping. Super Talent also offers the USB 3.0 Express Drive in 16GB for $59 and in 32GB for $99. The 16GB version of this drive was first announced in February of 2010.

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I wonder...
By DEVGRU on 9/8/2010 10:47:08 AM , Rating: 3 this tech would work as a practical 'ReadyBoost' type of drive, if at all? (Boot) OS on a stick, i.e. poor man's SSD?

RE: I wonder...
By XZerg on 9/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: I wonder...
By Zorblack1 on 9/8/2010 11:58:28 AM , Rating: 1
It sure as hell does.

While I'm at it. I use the AData USB3.0 flash drive. It saves me tons of time at my job.

I can't believe the amount of people talking about anything in computers being overkill in terms of speed. They have yet to make anything fast enough for me.

RE: I wonder...
By XZerg on 9/8/2010 3:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
Care to share how you managed to install Windows on the USB drive? NOTE: Virtual OS (Vmware, virtualbox, ...) don't count as installed as they are merely virtual system that need another system to be running on the computer.

AND I hope that you don't try to tell me how you managed to use the USB drive to install the OS onto your normal drive. That's not what is being referred here as "CANNOT INSTALL WINDOWS ON USB DRIVE".

RE: I wonder...
By chris1317 on 9/9/2010 4:15:10 AM , Rating: 2
Give one of these guides a try. It is possible allthough I haven't attempted with win7 yet.

RE: I wonder...
By Kary on 9/8/2010 2:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
...Why would you want to versus a SDD drive which are typically cheaper?

I didn't see actual transfer speeds in this to make a comparison or street pricing so I guess it could go either way.
As far as's a flash drive and hopefully meets the minimum speed requirement, so, yeh, probably. A 1GB RAM chip would probably be cheaper and better if your machine can take it, though (and you can put it in).

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