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Gigabyte i-RAM - Affordable D.I.Y Solid State Storage

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Oct 10, 2005 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon X2 3800+


Motherboard(s): ASUS A8N SLI Premium (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: 2 X 512MB Mushkin PC4000 DDR (Supplied by Mushkin)


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers: ATI Catalyst 5.9, DX9c and nVidia nForce4 AMD Edition (6.66)


Today we will be comparing i-RAM against our Western Digital 80GB SATA test system hard drive. We will be running through our normal array of hard drive benchmarking tests to see what kind of burst/average read/average write and of course the all important load times.



Thanks to our friends at Kingmax we were able to get some 1GB and 512MB DDR-400 modules at short notice which has given us the ability to run in a 2 x 1GB (2GB) configuration and a 2 x 1GB plus 2 x 512MB (3GB) configuration. Keep in mind we're using DDR-400 modules because they were readily available but you can get away with using older DDR-200 memory you may have laying around your house or office.


We've used these two test configurations to see if there are any performance implications by using different size memory modules in i-RAM at the same time.


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