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March 18, 2013
1:39 PM
BearPup
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Good Day People,
I have used ReadyBoost on my Win 7 x64 Home Premium systems for years; I use it on my 8 GB desktop and 2 GB laptop PCs. But I've never had a way to test the effectiveness of using the ReadyBoost technology, and I'm wondering what exists to test this technology.

Basically, I keep 2, 16 GB flash drives plugged into my quad core AMD rig with 8 GB of RAM, and a 4 GB flash drive plugged into my 2GB RAM Core Duo Intel laptop.

In effect, am I wasting my money on flash drives that I could put to better use (like transferring files)?
Are these machines "faster" or in some other empirical way "better" than machines without these ReadyBoost devices?

Any suggestions for testing, or an article on the effectiveness of ReadyBoost, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
BearPup

 
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March 18, 2013
6:14 PM
Ashraf
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I've never done formal tests but from what I understand. ReadyBoost is simply adding more RAM to your computer -- your flash drives serve as RAM sticks. So ReadyBoost only helps when your computer is running out of RAM. If you have plenty of RAM, then there is no point in using ReadyBoost. And there is no point in purchasing flash drives just for ReadyBoost -- just buy real RAM instead.Hope that helps.

March 18, 2013
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Thanks for the response. Generally I understand as you do. I added the 32 GB of Flash Drive "RAM" to my desktop before I upgraded it to 8 GB of real RAM. Since I didn't want to waste the existing RAM Chips, the only option was to upgrade it to 8 GB and continue to use the Flash Drive RAM (its a motherboard limitation thing). The 2, 16 GB flash drives were cheaper than the corresponding RAM Chips would have been ($16 vs $60); that's my kind of math!

 

The laptop came with 2, 1 GB RAM Chips, so the only option was to leave it as is and use flash drive "RAM", either that or waste the installed RAM Chips and then spend money on 2, 2GB RAM Chips plus the multitude of hours to get to the primary RAM Chip buried inside the motherboard (not accessible from an exterior port cover).

 

I posted the same question at Gizmos and got a response that led to an article on BleepingComputer.com, which told how to monitor ReadyBoost functionality. So its been a good exercise to follow. And again, thanks for responding.

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