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HP claims that Turbo Memory represents poor value and that it limits flexibility. Speaking to ZDNet UK, HP's senior category manager for business notebooks in the U.K. and Ireland, Steven Gales, said the company decided to omit Turbo Memory as a result of internal tests. "We have done quite a bit of research on this [to see] whether there is any true value for our customers, rather than taking what is available and putting it in," he said.

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hm.... either it dont work, or they are trying to use it as a PR boost... as to say "we dont just put anything in our stuffs"
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I have to agree with HP really. The Turbo memory, at this point, has rather lackluster performance boost. New drivers are suppose to fix that.

The idea is, the turbo memory would be best for systems with low memory (512MB / 1GB). However, it is typically cheaper to upgrade to 2GB of memory than get the 1GB of DDR2 memory and 1GB of Intel Turbo memory.

Hopefully, with new drivers and applications, Intel's Turbo memory will see a boost in performance. However, right now HP is right about it being less than desirable.

They should still offer it for their customers though.
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Okay, someone please enlighten me.... what exactly is "Turbo Memory"
    
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Okay, someone please enlighten me.... what exactly is "Turbo Memory"
Did you read the article? It states it in the first paragraph:
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Turbo Memory is an embedded flash memory module, formerly known by its code name Robson. Turbo Memory is designed to take advantage of Windows Vista features like ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive, which improve a notebook's start-up time and performance by boosting the computer's existing RAM. ReadyBoost can already be utilized by inserting a memory card or USB stick into a Vista-based computer, but Turbo Memory is being touted as a way to take advantage of the feature without having to add external media.
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I am pretty excited to see some good benchmarking with these things when the drivers are all cleaned up. It seems like some decent technology.
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This is just a stupid thing to do IMO,I have vista and have tryed to use the ready boost thing and it takes the same amount of time to boot when shut off,restarted and turned back on after stand by,I have also done some test with my sisters laptop and there is nothing that i have seen that can be ganed by using ready boost,and from what i have read in the article all this is,is ready boost already built in.I have no problem with the puting it on there mobos but they shouldent expet peaple to play for it when it dosent do anything yet,they need to clean it up and show what it can do,,IMO.
    
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This is just a stupid thing to do IMO,I have vista and have tryed to use the ready boost thing and it takes the same amount of time to boot when shut off,restarted and turned back on after stand by,I have also done some test with my sisters laptop and there is nothing that i have seen that can be ganed by using ready boost,and from what i have read in the article all this is,is ready boost already built in.I have no problem with the puting it on there mobos but they shouldent expet peaple to play for it when it dosent do anything yet,they need to clean it up and show what it can do,,IMO.
ReadyBoost has nothing to do with boot, shut off, or restart time. You need a hybrid drive to take advantage of ReadyDrive. This is what would improve boot times. ReadyBoost helps caching in certain situations if you do not have adequate primary memory. Instead of going to the much slow random access HD, the OS goes to the ReadyBoost drive.
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ReadyBoost has nothing to do with boot, shut off, or restart time
Then why does it in the in the second sentence talk about boosting the "start up" time of laptops.

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Robson. Turbo Memory is designed to take advantage of Windows Vista features like ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive, which improve a notebook's start-up time and performance by boosting the computer's existing RAM. ReadyBoost can already be utilized by inserting a memory card or USB stick into a Vista-based computer, but Turbo Memory is being touted as a way to take advantage of the feature without having to add external media.
Here is the first part of the article if you would like to read it again.But i do know that USB drives arnt as fast as the new hybrid drives but when you have 256MB of ram (like my sisters laptop) i am sure that you would see some sort of boost.Also she has DDR 266 ram wich is realy slow,Also i did all of my test with a 1 gig flash drive.And nothing happend,
    
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Then why does it in the in the second sentence talk about boosting the "start up" time of laptops.



Here is the first part of the article if you would like to read it again.But i do know that USB drives arnt as fast as the new hybrid drives but when you have 256MB of ram (like my sisters laptop) i am sure that you would see some sort of boost.Also she has DDR 266 ram wich is realy slow,Also i did all of my test with a 1 gig flash drive.And nothing happend,
Because that would be ReadyDrive and not ReadyBoost

What type of benchmarking did you perform? Most reviews have showed there is a performance gain.
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