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Experimenting with Ramdisks

Shadowarez

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hey all iv been tinkering with ramdrives for awhile finally bought a license for primo ramdisk,

first attmept was at making my insane ssds even more insane see pics,

2nd will be something a friend suggested certain apps/games seem to not wanna run without a page file so im going to make a drive just for this purpose.

what will this do in essence will this keep the writes for everything or just these apps/games strictly in memory? given these ssds are TLC they should be pretty Durable so that isnt a concern as ill have one in my unraid soon enough for cache/slog
 

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Doesnt the dark hero come with a ramdisk? I have used that one before on my maximus XII hero and it worked well. I used mostly for unpacking nzb on the fly and transcoding video.
 

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not sure if ti still works as it seems the keep bundling it with every rog level board not sure if its ever been updated.

iv tested with UE5 as a export area and holy hell it is rather insane im using consumer grade gear and its mind blowing what you can do.

this is before we even get to tinker with RTX IO / Direct Storage and our gpus vram / ssds
 

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I use the rog variant even now with the hero boards works just fine, only real annoyance is using it for something then rebooting right away sometimes it will block a shutdown/reboot for a little while.

To be honest NVMe drives have become so fast turning it on and off isn't really human noticeable.

When I made good use of it was on a project that used outdated hardware and the I/O to the 5400rpm drives in windows XP was noticeable with the amount of data coming in. Was bad enough that the businesses who had said hardware would just stop using it since it slowed things down too much. Everything else on the machine was pretty lightweight so dedicating 1GB to a ram drive to I/O everything and then write to the HDD worked wonderfully. Made using it seem light-years ahead in performance when it mattered and the I/O to the HDD could just put along.

Edit: for the most part it kinda just works so updating is regularly isn't really neccessary.
 
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RAMdisks...having one would be neat, but RAM is still quite expensive. heck, yesterday I was configuring an HPE DL380 G10 Plus and saw a 256GB DDR4 RDIMM with a MSRP of $60,000. dAAAMn!

talking about RAMdisk's though...anyone remember those add-in cards we had back in the mid / late 2000's that let you put 2 - 4 sticks of RAM? those were cool! paring one with a WD Raptor 10K baby!!! ;)
 

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RAMdisks...having one would be neat, but RAM is still quite expensive. heck, yesterday I was configuring an HPE DL380 G10 Plus and saw a 256GB DDR4 RDIMM with a MSRP of $60,000. dAAAMn!

talking about RAMdisk's though...anyone remember those add-in cards we had back in the mid / late 2000's that let you put 2 - 4 sticks of RAM? those were cool! paring one with a WD Raptor 10K baby!!! ;)
I felt like i was on top of the world when we ordered 2 consumer grade raptors instead of the commercial variant (one would fit in a hotswap bay one wouldn't) and I got to take them home. Raid 0 on dual 10k drives woohoo. :)

But there have been a few add-on cards some physical ram disks like that even had battery backups basically turning them into a PCI-e ram based SSDs but I never saw one that I would consider affordable. I did buy a bigfoot network card at one point and I did see some ping gains but nothing drastic. Never jumped on the physx cards. Seriously wanted a RaidR card when they were new but wow did they die off quickly.
 

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if you are just looking for a ramdisk for page filing there are several free ones I haven't used any of them since nvme has made things so fast
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pretty sure this was one of the properly ones for the time but there were many If I am remembering correctly
Hell even AMD still has there wow

these are priced pretty well
http://www.radeonramdisk.com/software_downloads.php
 
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Shadowarez

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these lol i remember them from back in day and i still have my killer nic not the og one with the huge K heatsink that got destroyed when a buddy thought he we should change the paste on the npu >< that was a $400 mistake lol.
 
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