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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: native command queuing?? for RAM???
By Scrogneugneu on 6/7/2006 7:51:39 PM , Rating: 0
Do you even realize what is NCQ?

Native Command Queuing is designed to order the read commands to minimise the seek time. On RAM, the time you take to evaluate the optimal command order is the same it would take you to just read it. NCQ would dramatically slow down the whole thing.

Did you ever heard of a NCQ-like technology coming in the RAM world? No? There's a good reason for it.


By slunkius on 6/8/2006 5:29:42 AM , Rating: 2
Did you read the post you are replying to? sheesh...


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