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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 peternelson on 6/9/2006 6:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
"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."

"Few months away" - seriously? What REALISTIC timescale?

Remember iram 1 was about 18 months from announcement to widespread availability.

Even in the UK, the prices were until recently £277 and only just dropped to £120. Meanwhile the americans enjoy the $120 RRP which is still cheaper.

At £120 the IRAM1 is worth it.

However, I want some REALISTIC dates.

Remember initial iram1 reports were saying $50 by summer 2005.

Note the label "designed for massive storage access application".

Is this a realisation that the REAL target market for iram is not who they thought it was. ie people want these to accelerate big databases more than help enthusiast gaming?

If they have realised the database managers are their customers might they charge more money for iram2 because they think database managers have fatter wallets?

I hope they can keep prices about the same, but the main question is WHEN will this come?

If they say a year away I will get some IRAM1s now. If they say 2-3 months away I may choose to wait.




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