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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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Only 4 slots...
By EODetroit on 6/8/2006 10:09:34 AM , Rating: 2
This only has 4 memory slots... that kind of stinks. I was hoping for 8. It will be prohibitively expensive to put 8GB on it using 2GB modules instead of 1GB modules... well not for everyone, but for a lot of people.

By the way, the batteries may not last as long as advertised. I have two I-Ram 1s in my computer right now, in a raid-0 config. Some work was being done on my apt. by my landlord while I was going to work, so I shutdown my computer and turned off my UPS because I didn't want him touching it. I was gone 9 hours, when I came back and powered up my computer, the data on at least 1 of the I-Rams was lost (as you know, in raid-0, losing 1 drive means you lost them both). The batteries are supposed to last 14-18 hours as I understand it on I-Ram 1. (Fortunately I have backup images saved to my hard drive whenever I make significant changes to the data on my I-Ram drive).

I-Ram 2 is totally dependant on the battery, no stand-by power like the I-Ram 1 can use. I hope they have an alternative way to preserve the data on there, 'cause I don't trust the batteries for any length of time.

RE: Only 4 slots...
By daschneider on 6/8/2006 11:53:42 AM , Rating: 2
It's kind of hard to tell from the picture but I count 2 rows of 4 slots each, a total of 8.

RE: Only 4 slots...
By peternelson on 6/9/2006 6:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah the STUPID photographer should have placed the camera where we can actually SEE the dimm slots properly.

As it is I'd be reluctant to say for sure.

8 slots would be infinitely preferable.

RE: Only 4 slots...
By peternelson on 6/9/2006 6:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
On close examination, I'd say that board has only FOUR slots.

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