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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: Money saving?
By epsilonparadox on 6/7/2006 1:09:41 PM , Rating: 2
Won't the performance be limited by the SATA transfer speeds?

RE: Money saving?
By shecknoscopy on 6/7/2006 1:23:20 PM , Rating: 3
Won't the performance be limited by the SATA transfer speeds?

Theoretically, yes - but do any current HDD's actually come close to saturating the 3Gb/s rate? If this baby did hit the speed limit, that'd still be a step up, right?

Heh - I wonder if you can up the voltage and overclock it. Probably not, and probably not much of a performance gain if you did, but just imagine the bragging rights. "Oh, so you did a voltage mod on your video card and got an extra 10MHz from it? That's nice and all - but the real enthusiasts overclock their hard drives."

RE: Money saving?
By Scabies on 6/7/2006 2:20:12 PM , Rating: 2
correction, ten. the original poster was saying 10 of these ramdiscs. Who has 10 SATAII connectors?

RE: Money saving?
By peternelson on 6/9/2006 6:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
There's a new board coming that anandtech says has 14 SATA connectors ON BOARD.

AS for me, I would prefer an ARECA PCIE x8 raid controller with 8 SATA ports.

When added to the typical 2-4 SATA off the main chipset, you have achieved your 10 drives.

This HAS been done using an ARECA controller with 8 I-RAM cards already.

A similar setup using the new iram v2 should have no probs either.

RE: Money saving?
By Scabies on 6/7/2006 2:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
Eight 3gbps theoretical pipes in a RAID? Are you complaining?

RE: Money saving?
By Trisped on 6/7/2006 2:30:01 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think SATA controllers can actually go over the 3.0GB/s max transfere speed, even with a RAID confige. I am no expert, but I think that the RAID total speed bonus is 3.0GB/s so the only benifit of RAID with these is increased speed. There would be a risk of increased latincy with the RAID controller though.

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