AMD caches in on fast boot times with downloadable RAMDisks

Subject: Storage | December 12, 2012 - 02:50 PM |
Tagged: radeon, cache, radeon ramdisk

We've heard mentions of AMD's downloadable RAMDisk software which will portion off a part of your system RAM to act as a cache drive to give you all the benefits of an SSD cache drive without the costs.  There are three levels, two free levels which will give you 4GB if you do not have Radeon branded memory and 6GB if you do.  For $18.99 you can get the Xtreme version which will allow you up to 64GB on any type of RAM and will get rid of the upgrade now pop up which you will see on the free versions.  This software should work with any modern CPU from AMD or Intel which is a great move on AMDs part to help make this software popular.  Hardware Canucks checked the boot time with a Super Anti-Spyware scan that is launched during boot which slowed the RAMDisk down a bit however the launch time of CS5 was significantly faster than even an SSD.  Check it out here, or just download it from here.

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"With memory prices on the decline and Intel's RST caching offering a great solution for budget conscious buyers, AMD is reviving the idea of memory-based application acceleration. Called Radeon RAMDisk, it promises to reduce load times to mere seconds on even the most basic of systems."

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December 12, 2012 | 05:52 PM - Posted by RickH (not verified)

This is just a rebadged copy of the longstanding and popular Dataram RAMDisk driver, and it's just a normal RAM disk, it doesn't do any kind of caching. It just stores whatever you explicitly install there, just like any other drive; it doesn't accelerate access to any content from any other drives you have. It's a good place to put your temp file and web browser cache directories, or to install a few apps you use constantly for super-quick launch, but in no way does it give the benefits of an SSD for any other stuff you have.

December 13, 2012 | 02:42 AM - Posted by Jon Pennington (not verified)

I like running an instance of Chrome Portable (or Firefox Portable) out of the RAMdisk. I have a short stack of programs that I like to keep handy, all have portable versions, and all fit fine at the same time in the 4GB free disk.

December 12, 2012 | 06:14 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

So I can download more Ram now? Awesome.

December 13, 2012 | 04:36 AM - Posted by yanni (not verified)

It is really sad that a company like AMD is promoting DataRAM's program, a company that 99.9% of people never heard of, and they only managed to have a plus 2GB extra free version for the 0.1% of people with Radeon RAM. They should have push for at least an 8GB free version for anyone with AMD hardware, cpus, gpus, RAM, whatever.
For me AMD acted like a looser here, like they are the little insignificant company in this deal, and I am sure that Dataram's people are drinking champagne for this free and international publicity they managed to score with 0 cost.

December 13, 2012 | 05:41 AM - Posted by dreamer77dd

i think it is not a bad idea for AMD to do software like this.
i just wish it could some how stay in the RAM and be bootable.
i guess PCI cards from OCZ is the way to go for that.
I like that they putting out such a product.
It did not take them long to do and no money to make such a thing.
Why not.
Gets them int he news and the product works well.
no complaints.
Does not take away from their focus on their chip making.

They are not the first RAM disk software but more competition is not bad and getting people exposed to such software just opens up the market.

December 15, 2012 | 11:40 AM - Posted by IronMikeAce

This has been out for months now...

December 17, 2012 | 05:30 PM - Posted by William Armstrong (not verified)

Um, there are better free products, with no ram size limits.
http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/
Open source, works on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. Also works on server versions. Regularly updated. Command line scriptable.
And FREE.

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