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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-29-2009, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Any one try this on vista, and see any benefit to it? I have a 4 gig thumb drive and not seeing any improvement with it.
This is on my laptop with 4 gig of ram.
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If you are using the 32 bit version of Vista, it will not recognize more than 3 gigs of RAM. (I've seen a 32 bit XP installation recognize 3.5 gigs when 8 gigs was installed).

I would assume that using Ready Boost would also be conditional to these same limits, but I've never attempted to use it.

I would also assume that on a 64 bit version, you likely won't see much improvement using Ready Boost unless you are running resource intensive programs.

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I'm using an 8GB ExpressCard SSD purely for ReadyBoost and I honestly can't really tell a difference. It might be there, but I am not sure.

It cost me $10 so I figured why not.

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If you are using the 32 bit version of Vista, it will not recognize more than 3 gigs of RAM. (I've seen a 32 bit XP installation recognize 3.5 gigs when 8 gigs was installed).

I would assume that using Ready Boost would also be conditional to these same limits, but I've never attempted to use it.

I would also assume that on a 64 bit version, you likely won't see much improvement using Ready Boost unless you are running resource intensive programs.
fast flash drives have a faster seek time than hard disks, that's the entire reason microsoft did this, to allow a large flash drive to be used for memory intermediary programs to be pulled back into ram via the thumbdrive. It's performance increase is minimal, but on lower memory computers it can be noticable. The way I look at it is if you have a flash drive, there's no better place to put it then in your computer and let it do it's thing anyways.
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fast flash drives have a faster seek time than hard disks, that's the entire reason microsoft did this, to allow a large flash drive to be used for memory intermediary programs to be pulled back into ram via the thumbdrive. It's performance increase is minimal, but on lower memory computers it can be noticable. The way I look at it is if you have a flash drive, there's no better place to put it then in your computer and let it do it's thing anyways.
CJ you just confused me even more on the day to day basis of PC diagnostics... DURRR
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