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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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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:

Even laptops have 2GB DDR2 sodimms now although still pricey


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