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Old 03-29-2006, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Gigabyte I-RAM Storage Device

HotHardware posted a review of the I-RAM, which is basically a card you shove in a PCI slot. The cool thing is though, that it acts as a hard drive, depending on how much ram you input into it.

So, if you had 4 * 1GB sticks, you could have an ultra fast 4GB HDD. I can see how this would be beneficial, but 4GB is *not* a lot of space. That would be a lot of money for so little available space.

What do you guys think?
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Old 03-30-2006, 12:19 AM   #2
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Pretty neat Idea but I don't think 4GBs is enough.
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:00 PM   #3
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Pretty neat Idea but I don't think 4GBs is enough.
PCI slots are not used very often nowadays in computers. I know I got like 5 free PCI slots in my computer. Chaining together a number of these I-RAM units could give you a 20 gigabyte instant-access drive. There are many server applications where storing files on that instant-access drive would be useful.
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PCI slots are not used very often nowadays in computers. I know I got like 5 free PCI slots in my computer. Chaining together a number of these I-RAM units could give you a 20 gigabyte instant-access drive. There are many server applications where storing files on that instant-access drive would be useful.
If you had the money for 20 1GB sticks, the *cheapest ($60 each)* you could get that for is $1,200. That's a pretty expensive 20GB drive.
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:18 PM   #5
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They are cool and there are benched to back up the speeds but I am with Rob, 4GB is a bit limited for most bloated operating systems. Awesome concept though and I certainly wouldn;t turn one down if I ever were offered one.
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:28 PM   #6
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i think it is great for an OS or for PageFile .
a pagefile at the speed of Ram is great feature
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Does the storage space erase on this card when power is removed, or does it have a battery on the card to prevent lost of data when the power is turned off?
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It has a battery that saves data.
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Hey, you know they sell cheap ram disk software, and it would be a lot more cost effective then buying an I-RAM.
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Hey, you know they sell cheap ram disk software, and it would be a lot more cost effective then buying an I-RAM.
Like Werty and Frozen said it has battery on the card, thus it would be better then a RAM disk program.
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If you had the money for 20 1GB sticks, the *cheapest ($60 each)* you could get that for is $1,200. That's a pretty expensive 20GB drive.
Insane to spend that much on it. Until the price comes down, I can not see anyone buying it.
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Insane to spend that much on it. Until the price comes down, I can not see anyone buying it.
Businesses who run million-dollar servers might use it. One thousand dollars would be a drop in a bucket to such corporations.
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I'd personally love to see a server that costs a million dollars :P
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