Solved Will using AMD Radeon RAMDisk benefit (speed up) my system?

October 12, 2012 at 14:18:29
Specs: Windows 7, i7-2600/8GB
Has anyone tried AMD Radeon™ RAMDisk yet? What are the benefits and tradeoffs of use? I would like to test drive the free version of it first but I am hesitant because of lack of info on net regarding it's use. TY

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October 13, 2012 at 13:39:34
Ram disks have been around for decades. If used properly it can speed up your system. It is not the same as ramboost at all. It is a virtual hard drive created in ram. Only if you run programs from that drive will it seem to be faster.


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October 12, 2012 at 16:13:06
If using a RAMDisk means taking RAM away from that managed by the OS, such as would be the case with 4 GB RAM or a 64 bit OS, then it would almost always be a bad idea. Modern operating systems have a sophisticated caching system that provides most of the advantages of a RAMDisk with fewer problems. The OS will usually make better use of RAM than a RAMDisk will.

If you have a 32 bit OS and your system has more than 4 GB RAM then a RAMDISK could be useful. Not having used such I will make no further comments.


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October 12, 2012 at 16:27:24
Thank you, so the ram is optimized already by the OS and ram disk interferes with that function.

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October 12, 2012 at 19:42:13
. . . I wonder if you could use ReadyBoost on a RAM drive . . .

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October 12, 2012 at 21:40:02
I believe ReadyBoost is limited to flash drives. But even if possible it would be pointless. Taking RAM away from OS control is almost always a bad thing. With rare exceptions the only time a RAMDisk makes sense is if you have a 32 bit OS with more than 4 GB RAM in which case ReadyBoost would be virtually useless.

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October 13, 2012 at 01:28:17
Strange to see a major manufacturer promoting something as useless as this. It looks like a marketing exercise to me; a way to sell their branded memory (and maybe make a few bucks on the side from the more gullible).

If you have disk-speed problems, buy an SSD - cheaper and far more effective than this mumbo-jumbo.


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October 13, 2012 at 03:56:30
LMiller7: But even if possible it would be pointless.
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ijack: Strange to see a major manufacturer promoting something as useless as this.
They have their uses, mostly as extremely fast temporary storage.

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October 13, 2012 at 11:58:41
I have a problem giving up half my 8Gb for something that's suposed to be so dandy and zippy. This is the first machine where I have more memory than I can use and I like it that way.

Machine is plenty fast enough as is.

Wonder if it would raise my 5.9 hdd score? Don't care, just wonder.

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October 13, 2012 at 13:39:34
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Ram disks have been around for decades. If used properly it can speed up your system. It is not the same as ramboost at all. It is a virtual hard drive created in ram. Only if you run programs from that drive will it seem to be faster.

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