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So thinking about adding a RAM disk to my current setup this summer, but am a little curious about how to go about it. From what I read the speed boost itself for loading times will be immense in itself, but I am curious if there will be an even bigger difference if I go all out and upgrade to 32gb of 2133mhz memory. Currently running 16gb of crucial ballistix @ 1600 and was originally planning on just doubling down on it for an easy $100, but then I got to thinking if I should just jump up to the good stuff @ 2133. So thoughts and opinions on this please.

Also, what is a suitable size for a RAM disk if I plan on using it mostly for gaming? Games being all the new stuff, FC3, Tomb Raider, Bioshock, and a fully modded out Skyrim along with whatever else may come out. Will be upgrading my GPU to SLI 780s and a 1440p Qnix monitor, so I'm unsure if the new resolution will change anything as far as RAM disks go. Not sure where I came up with the number, but I was thinking 20gb dedicated to the RAM disk would be good enough and still leave me with plenty for the system as well. Again, all thoughts and opinions are welcome.
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Personally I don't feel any need to go over 8gb of RAM unless you are doing heavy processing, serving, or video editing. Gaming is not considered an extreme activity by most measures, and do not utilize much more than 8gbs.

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My bad, you want to do a RAM disk. By all means go absolutely crazy.
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any input on how much would be suitable for a RAM disk for my system? is 20gb too little or way overkill? Or is it one of those, the more the better kind of things?
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Well I have never done a RAM disk before, but I run all of my applications and games off of a solid state drive. A RAM disk attempts to do somewhat the same thing, correct? In that case, 20GBs could be filled fast.
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Well I have never done a RAM disk before, but I run all of my applications and games off of a solid state drive. A RAM disk attempts to do somewhat the same thing, correct? In that case, 20GBs could be filled fast.
from what I have read it is the same concept, but much much much faster. SSD's sequential read/writes are in the 500mb/s; RAM disks sequentials are in the 5000mb/s. And from the reading I have done it is more meant to load up a single application/game into the memory for near instant access times, not to be used for storage as it is usually just a mirror of what is on the SSD/HDD

again this is just from what I have read over the last couple nights so I may be completely wrong about it all, thats why I am here
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That sounds exceptional. Hope you get the help you need.
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Check the install folders for your games to see how big they actually are. 20-22GB is usually a safe bet and maybe even less. I have done a couple of games on my ram drive, I really wasn't that impressed with it. I tried Skyrim and Portal 2 and I couldn't notice a big difference. Try it yourself, the speed difference may be worth it to you. What ram disk software are you using?
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Check the install folders for your games to see how big they actually are. 20-22GB is usually a safe bet and maybe even less. I have done a couple of games on my ram drive, I really wasn't that impressed with it. I tried Skyrim and Portal 2 and I couldn't notice a big difference. Try it yourself, the speed difference may be worth it to you. What ram disk software are you using?
no software as of yet, this will be my first ram disk. Any suggestions?? And I was hoping it would boost a heavily modded skyrims performance. At work but ill look into my steam folder when I get home to check sizes
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If you are going to stick Skyrim on a RAM disk, you're going to need a fairly big one. The game itself is approximately 20GB with a full installation. 32GB of system RAM should be enough -- that could be divided up as 24GB RAM Disk and 8GB OS accessible RAM. Some games are even bigger, my WOW installation is up to 24GB.

There are a bunch of freeware RAM disks out there. Performance varies somewhat between them, and some include utilities to copy (to and from) the game folders on startup/shutdown.

Personally, though I have 32GB of RAM, I find a RAM disk a pain in the butt. I ended up going with a 512GB SSD and couldn't be happier. No file copies for me. =)

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If you are going to stick Skyrim on a RAM disk, you're going to need a fairly big one. The game itself is approximately 20GB with a full installation. 32GB of system RAM should be enough -- that could be divided up as 24GB RAM Disk and 8GB OS accessible RAM. Some games are even bigger, my WOW installation is up to 24GB.

There are a bunch of freeware RAM disks out there. Performance varies somewhat between them, and some include utilities to copy (to and from) the game folders on startup/shutdown.

Personally, though I have 32GB of RAM, I find a RAM disk a pain in the butt. I ended up going with a 512GB SSD and couldn't be happier. No file copies for me. =)

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If you are going to stick Skyrim on a RAM disk, you're going to need a fairly big one. The game itself is approximately 20GB with a full installation. 32GB of system RAM should be enough -- that could be divided up as 24GB RAM Disk and 8GB OS accessible RAM. Some games are even bigger, my WOW installation is up to 24GB.

There are a bunch of freeware RAM disks out there. Performance varies somewhat between them, and some include utilities to copy (to and from) the game folders on startup/shutdown.

Personally, though I have 32GB of RAM, I find a RAM disk a pain in the butt. I ended up going with a 512GB SSD and couldn't be happier. No file copies for me. =)

Greg
did you think there was a noticable performance gain with the ram disk? Considered another 256gb ssd but figured a ram disk would make a bigger impact
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