>RAM-based Boot Drive

14 Jun


I have been talking about this for a few years now: why isn’t anyone building computers that have flash memory modules on which Windows or any other OS can be installed and run from? Wouldn’t that bring us significantly closer to instant-on-ness-ity? Anyways, it looks like this has occured to someone else: motherboard maker Gigabyte. This new product isn’t flash based but rather takes regular DIMM memory, up to 4GB I believe which can be treated like a hard drive. And because it isn’t flash memory, and loses all that’s stored on it anytime power is lost, it has a battery built in that provides up to 18 hours of juice whenever your computer isn’t plugged in. Moving to North Carolina? No problem, that’s only a 7 hour drive.

Sounds great, right (well, to the 2 of you who understand this post)? Well, as it turns out they only observed a 1/3 loss in load times. WTF??? Only 30% faster? *sigh* My dream has been dashed.


Posted by on June 14, 2006 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “>RAM-based Boot Drive

  1. Ari

    June 15, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    >I forget why the thing isn’t as fast. Something to do with how it wasn’t utilizing the SATA 3.0 gb/sec interface. Go figure.And the reason why flash memory based systems aren’t all that big of a deal has to do with a few things. First is cost. Sure, flash based RAM devices are getting to be chimp, but compared to a HD, they are still way expensive. Add to that the fact that After so many thousands of writes to a flash RAM device, it starts to go bad. At least that is what I am told.

  2. eriK

    June 17, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    >thank you for answering me questions and providing so much insight. you are truly a sage. i will fret no more. this morning i saw a lizard hang another lizard out of its mouth from a tree branch and then drop it. wtf.

  3. Ari

    June 26, 2006 at 1:34 am

    >Can I make a 30min mix for that other mix blog or whatever it is?

  4. eriK

    July 8, 2006 at 1:28 am

    >werd. just email me the track list and cover image. also, let me know how I can download the songs from you, we have been using soulseek so that’s good, i imagine you use that yourself.


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