Those looking for large storage are swimming in a pool of choice between 1~2000Gb hard drives at very competitive prices. If high performance is your goal there’s still plenty of choice but prices varies a lot.
When my colleague reviewer Massman finished his review of the ACARD ANS-9010
ram disk device he recorded some pretty amazing benchmark numbers 300-350Mb/s read speeds consistently and IO performance 4~5x as fast as a single OCZ Core SSD.
While the benchmark numbers were pretty impressive he was unable to do a side-by-side comparison of any real-world testing due to time constraints and resources. When he noticed my VGA test station he had found the perfect playground for this new expensive toy.Test Setup
We build our test setups with the help of Tones.be
(Belgian’s Largest Hardware Shop!) who helped us with the hard drives, CPUs and monitors, MSI
for the motherboards, OCZ
for the memory, Coolermaster
for the cases and power supplies and last but not least, Scythe
for the silent CPU coolers.
As you can see, I have two identical setups installed next to one another, ideal for some side-by-side action; since I still have the OCZ Vertex 30Gb SSD drive
lying around, Massman was interested to see just how much faster a DDR2 based ramdisk device is compared to an already speedy SSD.
He rang by doorbell early Saturday morning…
How could anybody turn down such a proposal?