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Old October 10, 2007, 03:03 PM
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Hey, I read that a USB thumb drive can help increase the performance of Windows Vista by using the USB drive as extra resources. Does anybody have this running or have info regarding this?
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Old October 10, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Hey, I read that a USB thumb drive can help increase the performance of Windows Vista by using the USB drive as extra resources. Does anybody have this running or have info regarding this?
Its called "ReadyBoost" and no it doesn't give that much performance. Its been proven RAM = better.
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Old October 10, 2007, 03:37 PM
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Thx, is it worth it or should I just buy more RAM?
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Old October 10, 2007, 03:39 PM
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Old October 10, 2007, 03:53 PM
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Yeah, Ready Boost is only useful when you have less than 1GB of ram.
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Old October 10, 2007, 04:02 PM
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Has anybody seen a long-term benchmarking test for ready-boost?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it basically an intelligent caching scheme? If so, I'd suspect that the true benefits wouldn't reveal themselves in short-term benchmarking. It would probably get better over time as the scheme "learns" your computing habits.

(I'm not trying to sell ready-boost, just wondering if it's been given a fair shake).

BTW.... nobody has mentioned it yet, but you can't throw in just any USB key and have it work for Ready-Boost.... they need to be Ready-boost compatible.
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Old October 10, 2007, 04:30 PM
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Excellent point. It has to be capable of high read/writes. I plan on tossing a cheap one on my system just to see what happens.
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Old October 15, 2007, 07:35 PM
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Excellent point. It has to be capable of high read/writes. I plan on tossing a cheap one on my system just to see what happens.
I tryed with 2 kingstons , and 2 cheap ones , none of them worked because it said it wouldnt read/write fast enough... so yeah.
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Old October 15, 2007, 11:51 PM
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Yes, the read/write has to be quite fast, much faster than what most USB flash drives are capable of. Ready Boost works quite well w/ systems that have 1 GB of RAM or less, but once you get up to 2 GB or more, it becomes pretty pointless. With the price of memory these days, you're better off just buying more memory unless you happen to have a spare high-performance USB flash drive laying around.
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Old October 16, 2007, 08:53 AM
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I run 2g of ram and vista prem, I have used my corsair for ready boost and it makes little difference IMO, it is slightly faster maybe a few seconds but no big boost.
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