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I was just wondering, since SSD drives are becoming more prominent forms of storage because of the speed advantages that they give over HDD, why aren't RAM disks more prominent since they are even faster. Obviously the connection to the mobo is different, but do you think in the future RAM type non-volatile storage will be next and mobos will be configured accordingly? It just seems that RAM disks are so much faster and seem like the logical next step in storage forms.
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Yes RAM disks are fast, but its ridiculously expensive to get more than 16gb on RAM isnt it, compared to SSDs and HDDs that is. Plus theyre volatile.

Though theres no point in speculating if its the next step in storage, thats any ones guess.
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Originally Posted by neonraver;14320787 
I was just wondering, since SSD drives are becoming more prominent forms of storage because of the speed advantages that they give over HDD, why aren't RAM disks more prominent since they are even faster. Obviously the connection to the mobo is different, but do you think in the future RAM type non-volatile storage will be next and mobos will be configured accordingly? It just seems that RAM disks are so much faster and seem like the logical next step in storage forms.

Your avatar answers your question. : )

As said above, RAM is TOOO expensive for that right now and volatile. Being too expensive is why SSD's aren't in every new computer, yet. We'll most likely get upgrades solid state memory. We have used ram for ssd's in the past. $$$
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Originally Posted by neonraver;14320787 
It just seems that RAM disks are so much faster and seem like the logical next step in storage forms.
PCM is the next logical step, assuming IBM gets it to work as well as they hope.

http://www.ohgizmo.com/2007/08/13/phase-change-memory-is-the-new-hotness/
http://www.pcworld.com/article/234809/ibms_nextgen_memory_is_100_times_faster_than_flash.html

Looks like speeds could be very high - gigabytes per second. That could be why the term "PRAM" was coined. It's like NAND, but way more reliable and as fast as RAM.
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Yes RAM disks are fast, but its ridiculously expensive to get more than 16gb on RAM isnt it, compared to SSDs and HDDs that is. Plus theyre volatile.

Though theres no point in speculating if its the next step in storage, thats any ones guess.
There's always a point. If you can guess correctly, you can make a bundle off investments. tongue.gif
     
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RAM disks are getting more common. Afaik there's a ram disk in pretty much every storage array nowadays.
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