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i've heard/ read somethings about tricking the computer to think of part of the on board ram as storage space allowing someone to load a game in the ram and pretty much eliminate load screans.....

I have 16gb ram is why im thinking about it a ram like oblivion w/ DLC is about 10.5gb storage needed,

I HATE load screens

"Loading please wait"

Any help please?
     
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I don't think that's quite how it works. Pretty sure everything on the RAMdisk is deleted everytime you restart the computer. I feel like RAMdisks are mostly used forthings like photoshop where you put the temp files onto said RAMdisk. Been thinking about doing it for that reason...no need for 24GB really. Hahaha.
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I do not wish to burst your bubble, but RAM is Volatile.

Meaning when you turn off the computer the memory is wiped.

If you do create a ram drive you would need to load up that 10.5GB of data from Disk into the drive every time you wanted to play. Plus the game would still be using about 1.5-2G b of the other ram to load up. Since the game will not know that the data is completely loaded into RAM.

I mean I think it is possible to do what you wish, but it is honestly a waste of time.

Most of the time non dedicated RAM drives are used for loading code or used for a Swap file space.

a SSD would be the best bet to Decrease load times.

They do make Dedicated RAM Disks (They are like a PCI-e card with aux power) that have a battery for power and do maintain there information, but that is really something that is used for a specific function.
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 10/7/11 at 10:58am
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How long are these load screens? Unless they're several minutes I'd just deal with it.
post #5 of 17
Very little of load time is actually due to loading/reading data off storage.

Tom's did an analysis recently where they found that using an SSD the load time was only reduced by a few seconds. Turned out that the SSD was busy for less than 3 seconds of the 1 minute load time, so the bottleneck is somewhere else, not with storage.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ce,2991-6.html

Typically RAM disks are used in graphics/movie editing where there is huge amount of data being read/written.

All that's really required is lots of RAM and software. I'm not aware of any non proprietary solutions. Dataram is a good one for $15
http://memory.dataram.com/products-a...ftware/ramdisk

Just a FYI, any data kept on a RAM disk is volatile, so it's lost when power is lost or PC is turned off.
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I use RAMDisk...I actually purchased the full version, but I've never had a use for anything over 4GB in size so I could have just used the free version, but my employer paid for it :/

You can set up the ram drive to be always be created on bootup. it will save to your disk drive and reload it. So it is sort of like it never goes away. Though an unplanned shut down will make you loose anything you've changed since it was last saved

I highly recomend giving it a try
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/7/11 at 11:03am
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post #7 of 17
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Thank you to banthracis and vagrant strom

@ banthracis its most likely the path from storage.
@ Vagrant I'm assuming that If i boot up and dont want to play the game i can choose to deactive the RAMdisk?

To ya'll who so "O a little loading screen no big deal" or "having to put it in and out of ram b4 shut down isnt worth is"
you obviously aren't rpg players, when it comes to load screens ANY load screen is annoying it takes away from the feel of the game.
     
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yeah you can tell it to wipe at anytime or not start up automatically. I have several different drives saved that i pick and choose from all the time. Running software from it is kind of buggy some times...but I've never tried to install a game to it. i've had compile errors on the ram drive but if I move it to the the HDD it will compile just fine. I run a full instance of SQL server 2005 on it though.

I think I will give that a try...install a game on it. I've thought of it before, but just never done it.
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Would you and let me know if it works please
b4 I spend money on it

Like i said Im an RPG player so my games will most likely be bigger then 4 gb
     
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The compressed game files have to be read for their contents. A lot of loading is in fact processor intensive.
    
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