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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 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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