i-RAM appears to be the most cost effective but too bad it is limited to 4GB, even with a RAID setup using two it's still only 8GB. ($900)
I need 32GB drive (or higher) -- well "need" is subjective.
I looked at some of the other solutions and that do go to 128GB -- but at a cost ($4000 on upwards) that doesn't really justify their performance especially considering the CPU utilizatoion hit one takes.
But I can get two 15K rpm 36GB RAID 0 SCSI setup for about $360 for the drives and then another Adaptec SCSI PCI-X RAID controller with 256MB Cache for $580 -- $940 total.
If you run this type of RAMDisk you WILL need a 64bit OS at a minimum and since it doesn't yet support Vista x32 or x64 you'd have to use WinXP x64.
32bit memory address space will be the problem with RAMDisk on WinXP x32 or any x32 OS -- you would need to leave at least 2GB for the OS and then run a 2GB max RAMDisk (4GB would be max theorectical but no really possible run that and the OS). Not sure why the x64 limit is 16GB RAMDisk??
I got a quote for the Texas Memory Systems RamSan in a 16GB configuration -- $25,000. 32GB version $50,000 -- additional 32GB increments are $26,500.
Makes the HyperDrive4 setup seem affordable. There must be some reason why Gigabyte didn't move beyond 4GB in the real world.
I got a quote for the Texas Memory Systems RamSan in a 16GB configuration -- $25,000. 32GB version $50,000
That's not so bad; in the early 90s I had a 128MB RAM disk on my PC which retailed for around $50,000 (we got it for free on loan as we were selling them to our customers). Windows 3.1 ran real fast from a RAM disk .
I am interested in the idea of RAMDISK or some other method to speed up normal activities like web browsing. There are several products out there, but it is hard to know which ones are really good. My plan would be to go from 4gb to 8gb on Vista-64-bit, and use the addition as a ramdisk. It looks like that would cost about $100.
It does not look like SSD devices will pe price justifiable for a home user for a while.
Other than the browser temporary cache, are there any other good candidates to put a ramdisk? Is there any good access tracking software to analyze your specific usage patterns to find good ramdisk candidates?
As far as I can tell, readyboost is not helpful if you have plenty of ram. Is this correct, or am I missing something here?