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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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How about an actual software solution?
By Fox5 on 6/7/2006 6:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
What SHOULD be done is have native support from the OS and motherboard for stuff like this.
Enable a portion of your already installed ram to be used as a harddrive. Have that portion of the ram be continuously supplied power, even when the PC is off.
Then, whatever data is on that drive can have a backup copy on the main harddrive. Upon bootup, the computer can look to the ram drive for data, and if nothing is found, load from the harddrive.
Maybe someone could make a bootloader that does this...




By highlandsun on 6/7/2006 7:01:26 PM , Rating: 2
Almost. System RAM is already limited enough as it is. This should be a separate SATA controller card with 4 DIMM slots and standby power. The SATA controller should automatically cache accesses to any drives you plug into it. This new GC-Ramdisk is slightly better than the previous iRAM, but it still misses the mark for actual usefulness.


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