Make Your Own 2.5" Flash SSD Drive

@ 2007/02/19
A bit expensive at $600 but for those looking for solid state disk drives now and have money to spare...

"The device features four Secure Digital slots and each can accept up to 2GB. 8GB won't cut it for Windows Vista (default install size of 15GB), but can easily accept an install of Windows XP or Linux.

Comment from jmke @ 2007/02/19
it will speed up access times tenfold over current mechanical hard disks, but maximum transfer rate is still too low to be worth the cost, once they hit RAM speed with RAM access for such a solid state drive, things get interesting!
Comment from geoffrey @ 2007/02/19
Wait, wasn't this going to speed up things?
Comment from jmke @ 2007/02/19
they try to make up lack of low latency by pushing high frequency, but tests have already proven that at PC6400 speed, even with relative high latency, the Core 2 gets all the bandwidth it needs to perform the best, everything about that point, either frequency or latency wise causes a miserable increase in performance... PC2-6400 vs PC2-10000? More than 1% in real life apps/games would be surprising.

I'm not saying that these high rated sticks have no target audience, they are geared towards overclockers, a very very small segment of the market; the fact that DDR2 OC minded companies are pushing the limits has nothing to do with the introduction of DDR3 later this year. Well before this speed ram with DDR2, plans were already announced to go to DDR3 quicker than it went from DDR to DDR2. The difference between 2/3 will also be less striking than before, and I can easily see chipsets supporting DDR2/3 for the coming years.
Comment from Rutar @ 2007/02/19
What is considered the bottleneck with DDR2 memory? Frequency or Latency?

The very same frequency race that is pushing those limits is one of the reasons why DDR3 is coming quicker than most people thought.
Comment from jmke @ 2007/02/19
I would say that DDR2 high end battles had no immediate impact on PC2-6400 sticks, which are plenty fast for Core 2 / AM2, the amount of overclocking minded people is very limited
Comment from Rutar @ 2007/02/19
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Originally Posted by jmke View Post
I predict low read/write speeds...
hence, the battle will be about the speed and battles about speed already made DDR2 memory speed increase a lot
Comment from jmke @ 2007/02/19
I predict low read/write speeds...
Comment from Rutar @ 2007/02/19
I think I can hold on another 6 months till the real deal comes and we get benches of Products from Samsung, SanDisk and PQI fighting it out (I predict a massive speed war for the 32 GB size).

 

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