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SATA 300MB/s and up to 8GB of DDR2

At Computex 2006 this year, Gigabyte is displaying the successor to its i-RAM storage device, the GC-RAMDISK. Gone is the PCI slot power interface and instead Gigabyte has made the GC-RAMDISK a 5.25” drive bay that relies on power from a Molex connector.

The Serial ATA interface remains with added compatibility for 300MB/s transfer rates, though it is unknown if the GC-RAMDISK will support SATA 3.0Gbps features such as native command queuing -- though with access times so low the only real advantage of the new feature set is the increased data transfer. DDR2 memory is supported this time around instead of DDR of the previous i-Ram. Supported memory capacity has been increased to up to 8GB from the previous 4GB which is just enough to make the i-Ram useful as an OS drive. Since DDR2 memory is not non-volatile (NAND), a battery feeds power to the memory when the system is off to prevent data loss.

As the GC-RAMDISK is still in development, availability is still a few months away. Pricing information is unavailable at this time but expect similar pricing to the previous i-Ram.



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Too bad it's DDR2...
By glynor on 6/7/2006 11:51:38 AM , Rating: 2
It's too bad they made this DDR2. With AMD's recent switchover to DDR2, those of us who upgrade to AM2 will probably have a small pile of perfectly good DDR sticks lying around. I'd love to take the 1GB I have already (and the 2GB more I'd have if I switch to AM2) and throw it in one of these to use as a swap partition in Windows.

Hopefully Gigabyte will see the usefulness of having a DDR1 version of this. Otherwise, this looks to be much more workable than the older PCI-slot-hogging version.




RE: Too bad it's DDR2...
By bunnyfubbles on 6/7/2006 12:42:19 PM , Rating: 1
I think the idea is that DDR2 is going to offer higher capacity for cheaper prices. With 2GB sticks being reasonable on DDR2, you can finally get a decent capacity out of such a drive to use it as something like an OS drive (perhaps even with a game, should you be really into competition for a particular game such as BF2 or CS:S)

Although I agree, a cheap model just like this that accepted DDR1 (perhaps only 2 slots) would be perfect for use as a swap partition. Although the price would have to be pretty cheap, the current i-RAM goes for ~$125, steep and pretty unacceptable for just a swap partition. $50 would probably make things interesting...


RE: Too bad it's DDR2...
By highlandsun on 6/7/2006 7:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
Well, that hasn't happened yet. The only way to get the full 8GB capacity is using 2GB DIMMs, which are still incredibly expensive. And, they seem to only be available in registered/ECC versions; there's no mention here of whether registered DIMMs are supported or not.

The largest non-registered DIMMs I can find online are 1GB, in either DDR or DDR2. The cheapest 2GB DIMMs I can find are $400 for both PC2100 and PC2-3200, ECC/registered.


RE: Too bad it's DDR2...
By Johnmcl7 on 6/8/2006 10:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
Here is some 2Gb memory which is unbuffered, non registered and non-ECC:

http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.Asp?IMOD...

Even laptops have 2GB DDR2 sodimms now although still pricey

John


RE: Too bad it's DDR2...
By raskren on 6/7/2006 1:05:54 PM , Rating: 1
Why would you "upgrade" a competant AMD 939 system to AM2? That's throwing money at a problem that doesn't exist. Just for DDR2 and that 1-3% performance gain?


RE: Too bad it's DDR2...
By glynor on 6/7/2006 1:59:46 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't, but I have 2 other Athlon XP systems (on nForce3 Ultra boards) that could certainly be upgraded. They use plain old DDR400 RAM too!

Who said I'd be upgrading a socket 939 system? My A8R32-MVP is staying just as it is thanks.


RE: Too bad it's DDR2...
By Crassus on 6/7/2006 2:05:10 PM , Rating: 2
nForce3 was actually also S754/939, so I guess you mean nForce2?


RE: Too bad it's DDR2...
By glynor on 6/7/2006 2:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. Oops.


RE: Too bad it's DDR2...
By Trisped on 6/7/2006 2:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
You can stick all that in the older iRam, the only loss would be SATA bandwidth. Plus the largest sizes of DDR RAM are 1G chips, so the max you could fit would be 4GB.

Then there is also the fact that 1-2GB DDR2 is less then the same DDR.

I am sure there are a lot of Intel users who will love being able to use their old 667MHz RAM in this thing.

Whith 8 GB you could put it in a RAID 0 and get some actual ize out of it. That would be fun.


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