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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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By Scabies on 6/7/2006 11:58:40 AM , Rating: 2
I've had my eye on this thing since they came out with the first iteration of the i-ram (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Storage/Produc...)

originally, the battery would charge for 6 hours and could keep the dimms happy for about 16. In other words, dont take your computer to college unless you have a UPS to feed it en route.
The first i-Ram's memory controller supported up to 8gb, but giga-byte said not to go over four.
We can still put old-skool DDRs in this right?

As long as you dont hit the switch on the PSU itself, the i-Ram would draw power from the PCI socket it lives in. Since this lives in a 5.25" bay and uses a molex... I dont know whether Molex connectors are "hot" in soft-off

I have two 5.25" bays empty... two of these stocked 8gb each in raid-0 (they do support RAIDing) would kill. KILL.




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By yuethomas on 6/7/2006 12:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
Molex connectors are not hot on soft-off. The best bet, as far as I can see, would be to take +5VSB off a spare motherboard USB connection (easy project), since it doesn't take much current to keep battery cells trickle-charged.

I guess I'll wait until DDR2 prices are a bit more reasonable in Canada to seriously consider this. At $75/GB (for 4x1GB value sticks) it's too rich for my blood.


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By GrammatonJP on 6/7/2006 2:19:36 PM , Rating: 2
Thats why before you leave you ghost the little 4gb and you can power off... 4gb takes like 2 minute to make and restore


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