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Hello all!

I'm doing a system overhaul and have gone with the I7 3930, Asus Rampage IV Extreme and 32GB of Corsair DDR3 2133 MHz. Very intrigued on trying out the Super Speed Ram Cache software...

I wanted to ask if anyone has tried this for games, video converting etc? It seems like the performance will be off the hook?


What say you?

-Scoob
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I've read somewhere that it increases load times of games by a small amount and slows down boot up/shut down time of windows BUT it has quite good reviews.
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its not worth it. you wont get more FPS just a little bit better load times. its like gaming from an SSD, for a game like BF you load the map once and then its done. i have tried it in the past and went from joining the match with 2 seconds to spare i ended up just having a 12 second count down to start so it was 100% worthless since you cant play without others.

for server related task its great but i think you still are wasting money on that much ram when an SSD is plenty
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For games it will only make levels and content load faster which, if you are using a SSD, will be near irrelevant anyway. They won't play any better, and some might actually play a little worse given the extra reads/writes to the memory for caching -all- disk activity to the ramdisk.

Video converting would gain some benefit if you wanted to bring in uncompressed video streams from an outside medium. The sky is the limit on that. You can significantly increase the speed and available quality levels of the operation by using this method; this will make your computer<->video interface the limiting factor.

If you are simply converting video from disk, however, the time it takes to move the video from the disk to the ramdisk will not decrease and the entire process may become slower overall. When converting from disk the conversion programs already bring content from disk, process it, and then write it back to disk.
Bringing it into ramdisk yourself involves the same reads and writes at -some- point and may slow down your memory interface during processing with the extra reads and writes across your memory lanes for disk activity.

Really the only place for ramdisk is if you have no SSD available or want to make your computer's external I/O interfaces the limiting factor when transferring data between media.
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post #5 of 6
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Thank you for all the great input. Have any of you had experience with Super Cache 5 or FancyCache?

From what I read it can really improve the read and write times of SSD and HDD alike.

Thanks again,

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I have not tried any of those programs.

Hard disks and SSDs will write only as fast as the physical media can store the data, there is absolutely no way around that. Also, because computers are not psychic, cache can only make a good guess at what you are about to read from disk.

If you're using Windows 7 or better, Microsoft has already included a service that performs a similar function called "Super Fetch" making software like these pointless.
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