AMD Radeon RAMDisk Review

Author: AkG
Date: December 11, 2012
Product Name: Radeon RAMDisk
Warranty: Lifetime
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Firefox Portable Offline Performance

Firefox is notorious for being slow on loading tabs in offline mode once the number of pages to be opened grows larger than a dozen or so. We can think of fewer worse case scenarios than having 100 tabs set to reload in offline mode upon Firefox startup, but this is exactly what we have done here.

By having 100 pages open in Firefox portable, setting Firefox to reload the last session upon next session start and then setting it to offline mode, we are able to easily recreate a worse case scenario. Since we are using Firefox portable all files are easily positioned in one location, making it simple to repeat the test as necessary. In order to ensure repetition, before touching the Firefox portable files, we have backed them up into a .rar file and only extracted a copy of it to the test device.

Once again, these are some spectacular results. It looks like the RAMDisk has the capability to actually slightly bottleneck older computers.

Real World Data Transfers

All of us here at Hardware Canucks strive to give you the best, most complete picture of a review itemís true capabilities and to this end we will be running timed data transfers to give you a general idea of how its performance relates to real life use. To help replicate worse case scenarios we will transfer a 10.00GB contiguous file and a folder containing 400 subfolders with a total 12,000 files varying in length from 200mb to 100kb (10.00 GB total).

Testing will include transfer to and transferring from the devices, using MS RichCopy (set to 1 file depth) and logging the performance of the drive. Here is what we found.

The large file performance is actually much greater than what this chart shows; however we simply do not have a device which can keep up. Even the mighty Intel 910 PCI-E SSD attached to the system is easily saturated by the RAMDiskís theoretical bendwidth of over 5GB/s. The small file performance meanwhile canít saturate our Intel 910ís but it still demolishes all other options.

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