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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 JPH1121 on 6/7/2006 2:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
DDR2 has lower power requirements than DDR1 which means the life of storage will be extended drastically when the power is off.

Memory access times will be pointless with this device as well as the throughput with crappy RAM will still fully saturate the 300mbps limit.

This thing is going to put the previous i-RAM to shame.

Also, don't neglect, that putting this into a PCI-e slot would cut out a majority of the potential buyers. 500mbps would be nice, but as long as the people buying this thing are enthusiasts with mostly dual-slot video cards (7900GTX, 7900gt w/upgraded cooler, 1800xt, etc) who don't have a PCI-e slot to use. A dual-slot video card will cover the PCI-e x1 slot.

This was the best possible solution imo.




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