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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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This would have been awesome
By creathir on 6/7/2006 12:31:56 PM , Rating: 2
Had they used a PCIe slot instead of SATA. With this thing using SATA, it makes the performance of the RAM almost moot due to the limitation on data transfer. As with the first version, this one will be nothing more than an expensive SATA hard drive. I really wish they would come out with a PCIe version of this baby. I could really handle Windows running on a RAMdisk at several GB/s access to the CPU. Could you imaging video editing at these speeds?
- Creathir




By bldckstark on 6/7/2006 12:49:41 PM , Rating: 2
I'm betting PCIe was not in widespread use when they started working on this thing. Maybe the next version.


RE: This would have been awesome
By gmyx on 6/7/2006 1:12:25 PM , Rating: 2
If it were PCIe, you would need some drivers for this. Just like the I-RAM, you don't need drivers - it looks to the OS like a regular hard drive.


RE: This would have been awesome
By creathir on 6/7/2006 1:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
I would rather have drivers... and the speed...
- Creathir


RE: This would have been awesome
By Fallen Kell on 6/7/2006 2:06:15 PM , Rating: 2
You do know that you will still get 5-6x more speed from this then any regular hard drive don't you? This will be the first device to actually truely test the speed rating of SATA (I OR II for that matter). Your best hard drives (10k-15k disks) have a transfer speed of 70-80MBps. This will theoritically have a full 300MBps if they built the pipe correctly.


RE: This would have been awesome
By Trisped on 6/7/2006 2:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget access and seek rates of practicly 0.

Performance increases won't be high unless you have a program that uses the hard drive a lot. In most cases it is better to add to system RAM. Still, if you have 8GB of RAM laying around why not set your self up?


By Anh Huynh on 6/7/2006 2:33:06 PM , Rating: 2
You guys also forgot for it to be a storage device and PCI-E it would need to have an onboard SATA II controller which negates any benefits of PCI-E anyways. The controller used has a SATA interface, I don't think anyone makes a DDR2 to PCI-E Storage controller.


By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 6/7/2006 2:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't the only solid state disk drive on the market, you know.
Ones like you want already exist, just be prepared to pay a lot, and i mean a lot, more.


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