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guys, i just want to ask about x-fast ram. im using phenom 2 x2 BE, 4gb ddr 3 1600 with Windows 7 x64. doest it have an effect on my system knowing that it is used for 32bit OS? Thanks
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It's aimed at users who are using a 32-bit OS with more than 4gb of ram. Since you have a 64-bit OS and "only" 4gb of ram, you won't see any gain with it.
What it does is create an additional disk on your system consisting of the amount of ram you have assigned in the program, this amount of ram is then made non-usable to the rest of the system. An example : (using 12GB of ram on a 32-bit OS):
Your OS will be able to use ~3.2GB of the ram available giving you 8.8GB of unused ram. You fire up X-fastRAM and assign the 8GB of RAM for the program to use. When you open up My Computer, you will se an extra disk is there. Depending on how you configured X-fastRAM, the cache files of various programs, your windows cache etc. will be available in this RAM-disk.
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I tried the program to see what it was like a while ago.
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I used it on a 64-bit 16 GB system for a 8 GB RamDisk. Put the pagefile in there as well as windows temp files. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Agoriaz View Post

It's aimed at users who are using a 32-bit OS with more than 4gb of ram. Since you have a 64-bit OS and "only" 4gb of ram, you won't see any gain with it.

Actually, Xfast RAM is a RAM disk on steroid. So it's aimed at anyone who needs a RAM disk, 32bit or 64bit OS. The extra features of this utility (as per version 2.09) are:

1- Can indeed map and make available RAM beyond the 4GB limitation of a 32bit OS, but confined to the RAM disk only. So if you have a 32bit OS with 8GB of RAM, the OS will only "see" 4GB, but Xfast RAM can create a 4GB RAM disk with the unused RAM left.

2- Can emulate a "ready boost" partition mapped to the RAM disk to accelerate your magnetic hard disk drive, just like an SSD would do. If you already have an SSD boot drive or a small SSD acting as a ready boost drive, this option is useless to you.

3- Option to automatically move your memory pagefile to the RAM disk. 1 click in the Xfast RAM interface, reboot and you are done. No messing around with windows config.

4- Option to move temp and cache of Internet explorer and Firefox to the RAM disk. Again, 1 click in Xfast RAM interface, reboot and you are done. No messing with windows config.

5- Option to move both (and independently if you like) the system temporary files and/or the user temporary files to the RAM disk. 1 click in the ... you know the drill.

You can assign any free drive letter you want to the RAM disk. You can choose the size of the RAM disk. I've read that someone successfully created a 8GB RAM disk. Didn't tested it myself. I don't know the maximum size RAM disk Xfast RAM can support. I benchmarked the RAM disk with Diskmark and got 9800MB/s sequential read with a i5-2500K OC to 4.7Ghz and 8Gb of RAM @ 1866 10-9-9-28 1T. Got very similar result from another Ram disk utility. Xfast RAM is the most versatile RAM disk utility I've ever tried.

NOTE: Beside the obvious gain in speed, this utility is highly recommend to SSD users to limit / reduce write operations that will degrade your SSD.


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