Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 21:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The most visible part of Windows Vista is the Aero interface, and while we can't deny that it looks very swish we find it very hard to get excited by a shiny new GUI. Instead, we're looking forward to new Vista hardware, which includes a new use for the humble USB memory key and much, much more. So what will the ultimate Windows Vista notebook offer?"
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Is "ReadyBoost" as good as it seems?
by h3rman on Wed 24th Jan 2007 00:29 UTC
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You simply plug in a USB Flash drive (...) Windows Vista adds an extra option, to earmark the drive for ReadyBoost.
Designate the key as ReadyBoost memory, and Windows uses it as a system resource, making it dead simple and cheap to add 2GB or 4GB of memory to the melting pot. (...) it's pure genius for a desktop PC where you can simply plug a key in the back and forget about it.

When I heard about this, I thought it was an interesting invention by MS. Wel, it obviously is interesting. A bit like moving your swap-partition to the flash drive instantly.

However, RAM is not flash. Flash "wears out" significantly, when there are such frequent read-write actions (which happens when you use it like RAM/swap), as someone pointed out to me in a discussion on whether the Linux kernel would be capable of the same thing. So it seems not to be a very effective solution; slower than real RAM too.

Maybe after all it is worth the investment, if you really do want Vista and have it run faster, of just opening up the machine and adding some real RAM.

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