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post #31 of 42
but does the battery get charged from the AC outlet? if it does, i really think its more convienent to put it on the USB...you dont need to unplug it and the battery is charged, voila.
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post #32 of 42
Oh, on the Gigabyte, the battery was charged from the PCI slot. I'm not sure why they were going to an AC power adapter on the other one.
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I have used solid state drives when they modified our HP Mainframes. I'm sure they are very close to the same capabilities as the one we used on the mainframes. The drives were installed on our systems approx. 10 years ago and were "cutting-edge tech" blah blah. Non-volatile, nanosecond access times, and are not that much slower than Static ram. I've seen standard desktops (with PCI-X slots) with the installed drives and Windows starts just about instantly. I say just about instantly because I couldn't really tell...it took longer for the display to warm up and show the display than it took for windows to reach the desktop. Mmmnnn... I want!

Just throwing in my two cents,
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Originally Posted by Xaine99
I have used solid state drives when they modified our HP Mainframes. I'm sure they are very close to the same capabilities as the one we used on the mainframes. The drives were installed on our systems approx. 10 years ago and were "cutting-edge tech" blah blah. Non-volatile, nanosecond access times, and are not that much slower than Static ram. I've seen standard desktops (with PCI-X slots) with the installed drives and Windows starts just about instantly. I say just about instantly because I couldn't really tell...it took longer for the display to warm up and show the display than it took for windows to reach the desktop. Mmmnnn... I want!

Just throwing in my two cents,
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Now that's what I'm talking about!
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It's nice to hear some solid evidence from a user who experienced it! If the prices aren't too high, I may invest in one....
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Invest may be a good term to use. I've seen these drives priced at 3 grand for only 8 gigs. I'm sure the technology has come along since then, but expect a very very high price per unit.
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Perhaps...Windows + its pagefile will never exceed 8GB, right? *shakes head, thinks to self, "No, that can't possibly happen....Can it?*
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Quote:
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Perhaps...Windows + its pagefile will never exceed 8GB, right? *shakes head, thinks to self, "No, that can't possibly happen....Can it?*

Give it two more Windows versions .
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Bah..I wouldn't be surprised..
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The ddr drive is still in prototype and the company said they are designing a special power option that is supposed to be more reliable than the i-ram's power. The company hasn't even said they're using a battery yet. You guys are just assuming. I agree that this would be cool as a HDD style drive but then you'd have to use SATAII at best. This seriously bottlenecks the speed. I'm really happy that this thing is PCIe1x. This will be so fast. You can also overclock your PCIe bus!lol Why do you people want to put your pagefile on this thing? what a waste! If your gonna buy the memory chips use them as RAM, not a pagefile. 4GB of RAM with no pagefile is WAY faster than a 1GB system with 4GB of pagefile. I thought flash based hard drives would be awesome too but the problem is that they would be pretty expensive and flash chips have limited write cycles. Flash chips also have pretty slow write speed. To use flash chips as a pagefile would kill the drive within a year. The drives xaine99 is talking about are different. They cost thousands of dollars. Also the drive only has 4 DDR slots. 2GB RAM chips are available but they have to be ECC registered. This means that they're MUCH more expensive. 1GB chips are as low as about 60$ while 2GB chips are 300$ at least. The company has also said that their drives will be RAID compatible. I plan on getting 1 chip and putting 4GB on it and then installing windows and my most common programs on it (if theres not enough room ill have to get another drive). Then I'll get a 160GB SATAII for other programs, games, movies and music. I'm guesing it will cost around 300-400$ for this chip with 4GB of RAM. Not that bad. Solid state memory is the only way to make your system really fast. You could buy a 4000$ system with normal hard drives and you still have a 2-4 minute boot time. I'm really looking forward to these drives!
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