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Is a ram-cache on a 2600k / z68 board worthwhile?

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Ok, so I was pretty amazed seeing the possibilities of a ram cache/ram disk on the x79 platform after seeing a video with JJ from ASUS demonstrating. He did it via the program supercache. I have an ASUS p8z68 deluxe/gen 3 and have a spare 8 gb of sniper sitting around as was wondering how beneficial throwing it in and doing an 8gb ram cache would be? Can regular sandy bridge make use of all that memory, or would it just look nice in benches and not notice any real world differences (namely, open programs and such faster). Any thoughts?
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Ok, so I was pretty amazed seeing the possibilities of a ram cache/ram disk on the x79 platform after seeing a video with JJ from ASUS demonstrating. He did it via the program supercache. I have an ASUS p8z68 deluxe/gen 3 and have a spare 8 gb of sniper sitting around as was wondering how beneficial throwing it in and doing an 8gb ram cache would be? Can regular sandy bridge make use of all that memory, or would it just look nice in benches and not notice any real world differences (namely, open programs and such faster). Any thoughts?

RAM Disk is very useful in web browser caching. I also use it to transcode media and rip CD from time to time. It is faster than SSD.
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How much space do you need for a ram disk to be worthwhile? Also, I have read it is rather risky unless you use a battery backup, is that pretty much the consensus on ram disk? Otherwise the OS might get corrupted in the event of power outage, and even BSOD?
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How much space do you need for a ram disk to be worthwhile? Also, I have read it is rather risky unless you use a battery backup, is that pretty much the consensus on ram disk? Otherwise the OS might get corrupted in the event of power outage, and even BSOD?

Having at least 4GB is often sufficient. There's really no risk of OS corruption since the OS is not being loaded from the RAMdisk - it's only being used as a fast application container.
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How much space do you need for a ram disk to be worthwhile? Also, I have read it is rather risky unless you use a battery backup, is that pretty much the consensus on ram disk? Otherwise the OS might get corrupted in the event of power outage, and even BSOD?

Most of the time RAM Disk saves itself back to HDD once system powers off. OS will not get corrupted from the use of RAM Disk. If RAM Disk does not save itself then it will lose whatever data is on the RAM when system powers off. You only need 500 MB for web browser caching.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds
Read RAMDisk section

http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk
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