|Through GIGABYTE's custom intelligent controller, i-RAM acts like a regular SATA hard drive at theoretically 1.5Gb/s data transfer rate. By utilizing conventional DDR memory modules, i-RAM is outfitted with four 184-pin DIMM slots that will accept any DDR DIMM and support up to 4GB unbuffered / non-ECC memory. Most of all, the major issue of data lost after powering down is solved by i-RAM's backup battery which is charged by your system on the fly. Without mechanical elements of traditional hard disks, i-RAM's stunning performance coming from the nature of DRAM as storage medium benefits in massive storage access application such as video / audio capture & editing and 3D graphics design applications. i-RAM is the fastest storage device you have ever imagined .iRAM, storage controller card, support up to 4GB DDR memory|
Customer Reviews of GIGA-BYTE 4-Slot Memory Expansion Board - 4GB DDR SDRAM - 4 x DIMM
Works as advertised2/16/2008
Pros: Uses otherwise obsolete DRAM. Speeds up file intensive work such as editing video files, large spreadsheets, etc.. very well. Cons: Adds a little heat to the computer. Have to spend time tweaking Windows by trial and error to see how to best use it (a few suggestions by Gigabyte would have helped) The future of this product is questionable considering the dropping prices for solid state disks which are often higher capacity and generate lest heat. It does feel good to recycle old DDR that was just sitting around in my junk pile.
Works as advertised, wish they'd update it.12/7/2007
I had trouble with my onboard NForce Pro SATA RAID controller, it seems that despite my SATA controller being "compatible" it will only talk to the I-Ram if the controller is set to single drive in the bios. If I set it to RAID, all four SATA Ports are RAID specific, and will not address the I-RAM. this is not true of all RAID Controllers FYI, I-Ram will work with many RAID controllers. I purchased a SIL3132 super affordable SATA controller for $19.00 and that solved the problem. I get sustained transfers that are flat at the top of the SATA 150 interface. I only wish they would release a new version using DDR2, with more than 4GB limit and using SATA300 interface.
iRAM Speeds Performance!11/29/2007
The iRAM drive is not difficult to istall but does require a small amount of technical know how. If you're comfortable installing other internal devices in your PC you should be OK. Otherwise get a little help with the installation. We use the iRAM to process mailing lists of several hundred thousand (often millions) of records. This can take several hours of processing time due to the information having to be "bussed" from the hard drive. Using the iRAM cut processing time by a factor of 10! An excellent time saver at a good value. We bought two more. The only negative that we have experienced is that the iRAM is not compatible with IDE drive cables. We had to replace one of our older processing PCs (that was otherwise just fine) because it used IDE.
Question regarding how it works !! help6/10/2007
i am not sure how good this product is. Do I insert my RAM onto this i-ram board? What happens to the original RAM slots on the motherboard?
I got this in the hopes of speeding up my system. It worked! I keep my swap file and my browser temp files on it. I just wish it had a higher memory capacity. I use SQL Server databases and when I put the database file on the i-RAM, it really speeds it up. If you have room, you can also put the temp database on it. This is where more capacity would come in handy. The only drawback I have found so far, is that Linux will not recognize it. That is the main reason I took away one point.