WTF is this thing? - RAM on a PCI Card??

  • Published: 30 October 2019
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    When DDR2 launched, Gigabyte had a great idea with the i-RAM... take that old DDR1 memory and use it as your boot drive! So how did it turn out?...

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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips   3 weeks back

    Watch 'til the end for a spooky bonus scene...

    • music card
      music card  1 weeks back

      im taking a piss

    • MusicalPaladin
      MusicalPaladin  1 weeks back

      Can this be done with modern interfaces like NVME or Sata3 or DDR4?

    • Harry Mu
      Harry Mu  2 weeks back

      ddrdrive X1 is the modern variant of this, linus

    • Ahaa!
      Ahaa!  2 weeks back

      i would like to use that card on my apple 2e...

    • Paul M
      Paul M  2 weeks back

      scary staff

  • BigLBA1
    BigLBA1  2 days back

    If you don't want to reinstall windows every time you had a power outage ... just use that device for the virtual memory :)

    • sailorbob74133
      sailorbob74133  3 days back

      A company I worked for back in 1997 built custom boards like this for high resolution printing...

      • Calvin DiBartolo
        Calvin DiBartolo  3 days back

        You know that big black square on the bottom right of the card is for a Li ION battery to go so you don't lose your data in power outages, right?

        • Luke No
          Luke No  3 days back

          why is there not a DDR4/PCI3 or 4 version of this? i would like it for my desktop

          • TheRealXesc
            TheRealXesc  3 days back

            I love how PC manufacturers have, for decades, chased the advantages the Commodore Amiga had in the 80's :)
            I know everything is bigger, faster, and more advanced now, but imagine if Intel had bought Amiga Inc, back then, it would have had the same effect on PCs as if someone from the future dropped a teleporter here, today.

            • Kenneth Munk
              Kenneth Munk  4 days back

              Added bonus, optane memory sticks can go up to several terabytes of capacity. I would know, I read up on it when I stumbled upon the product.

              • Neville Cawood
                Neville Cawood  4 days back

                Pfft! Old tech. :)
                ACard’s ANS-9010 Serial ATA RAM disk is the cutting edge baby! :)

                64 GB of DDR 2
                2x SATA 2! Not SATA 1 and RAIDable.
                Battery and CF card backup.
                All in a butt ugly 5.25" drive bay. :)

                what if you could put these things into RAID 1 with your SSD sys disk, but with filter for oft used random 4K only..?
                ie: All the random 4K gets written to both drives immediately (so no battery etc needed), but when read; the random 4K is read off the RAM drive while the SSD gets on with large sequential at the same time..?
                Well that's what Readyboost actually really does.....!

                How to enable Readyboost with a SSD:
                SYSTEM/ CurrentControlSet/ Services/ Rdyboost/ Attachstate
                here will be a number of settings for HDDs, SSDs. USB etc. all with ambiguous names.
                Find the right one with trial and error
                This value will be DWORD=2 to produce the above error, simply set it to DWORD=0 to allow ReadyBoost to come back to life.

                Now you are welcome to carry on with your "who gives a fuck what's typed here as long as they watching my videos" or you could do what would be a surprisingly interesting followup video.

                • Jeffrey Gangoy
                  Jeffrey Gangoy  4 days back

                  I miss win xp

                  • ZAKKAS YT
                    ZAKKAS YT  4 days back

                    u yeet the power suply swich wile the computer was on what is wrong with u?

                    • burp
                      burp  2 days back

                      it was off, and a test bench anyway

                  • Scott Aveles
                    Scott Aveles  4 days back

                    Not a big deal. Apple II's had ramdisks

                    • Rational Reality
                      Rational Reality  5 days back

                      Acting skills are amazing Linus

                      • MyMMC
                        MyMMC  5 days back

                        my imac pro in my office had this. it had a fuckton of ram for the time. beautiful case too. i only replaced it because i was not getting any more updates. so powerfull.

                        • Gary Cotugno
                          Gary Cotugno  5 days back

                          Great video, except you got the info wrong on how the data is stored. The Transistors hold the bit, and the cap keeps it charged so it does not lose the bit state stored in the transistor array. Not the other way around. Thank You.

                          • Gary Cotugno
                            Gary Cotugno  5 days back

                            I'm just excited i caught something he got wrong! I know, i'm a jerk, but details are important!

                        • Jeroen
                          Jeroen  5 days back

                          If that thing would have an upgraded capacity like 16 or even 32GB then it would be interesting. But now NVME SSD'd go all the way up to 5GB per second, with alot more space to work with. Good gem from the past. Now it's time to die.

                          • NEO Cort
                            NEO Cort  5 days back

                            I saw a battery slot on board. That means no loss data when power down?

                            • Error 1105
                              Error 1105  5 days back

                              Do this on the new cheese grater mac pro

                              • Ice PlayZ
                                Ice PlayZ  6 days back

                                0:53 something dropped from the thing

                                • John Day
                                  John Day  6 days back

                                  Cant say where I seen something like this, but it was in 80's.

                                  • KaxLon
                                    KaxLon  6 days back

                                    Much, much simpler versions of the idea were available on the Amiga 500.
                                    But back then RAM cost waaay more than DDR ever did. So once you bought more RAM you also bought a RAM extender for the last slot to fit 4 of your old sticks. 30 or 72 pin, can't remember.
                                    Gotta scan Ebay for this product featured. =)

                                    • Corey Clark
                                      Corey Clark  6 days back

                                      Hey, think you could find or build a modern equivalent with PCIe and DDR4?

                                      • Greyface Nospace
                                        Greyface Nospace  6 days back

                                        This was probably my favorite Linus video ever. Thanks guys, learned a ton.

                                        • Luis Rojas
                                          Luis Rojas  6 days back

                                          Linus's card

                                          • Charlies Game and Tech

                                            Maybe thats why it has a battery bay to hold the data on the ram

                                            • mortrem76
                                              mortrem76  6 days back

                                              It would be awsome for a swap file!

                                              • goatman86
                                                goatman86  6 days back

                                                Now, would it be a better boot device than today's NVME? I mean when using DDR4 and PCIE gen. 4.0/3.0

                                                • Roger Skagerström
                                                  Roger Skagerström  1 weeks back

                                                  "On the surface you might think that.." No. Just no. :P

                                                  • Ed Garcia
                                                    Ed Garcia  1 weeks back

                                                    DDR1, Really!?!? 🤮

                                                    • Angel-Emanuel Capra
                                                      Angel-Emanuel Capra  1 weeks back

                                                      wtflip the outro XD

                                                      • shaun cobbs
                                                        shaun cobbs  1 weeks back

                                                        I used these when they were new and they were great! We just used Norton Ghost to back up the drive so when, not if you lost your data you just did a quick restore. Kept all game data on separate harddrive, this was the fastest thing out there!!!

                                                        • StringerNews1
                                                          StringerNews1  1 weeks back

                                                          All busses are "shared", that's literally the definition of a bus--that it interconnects many things. That's why the AGP slot (and before that, VESA Local), to keep the high-bandwidth traffic off the bus.

                                                          • Йонко Белоев

                                                            what did you say.... i lost you

                                                            • Ahmed Sarkar
                                                              Ahmed Sarkar  1 weeks back

                                                              Don't turn it off.

                                                              • Nob ody
                                                                Nob ody  1 weeks back

                                                                I also bought books for a degree I never finished, got a tech job for 4 years and realised how crap it is to talk to elderly ppl about computers, then joined a union labor job to earn 50k my first year with 0 prior experiance. Like if u had a similar experiance.

                                                                • Ji Luan
                                                                  Ji Luan  1 weeks back

                                                                  They should have combined it with a 3 days power rechargeable battery and this would have been a great product even compared to early SSDs.

                                                                  • Big Boss
                                                                    Big Boss  1 weeks back

                                                                    KAJJTAN ⬇️ *BEAT ME TO IT

                                                                    • Vitus Films
                                                                      Vitus Films  1 weeks back

                                                                      Hi Linus tech, i follow all your video but i never ask somethink..i buy a i5 9400f i have already 32gb ram balistic sport and amd rx580, what motherboard you suggest me to buy for good work with premiere pro after effects and cgi?

                                                                      • Richard Trent II
                                                                        Richard Trent II  1 weeks back

                                                                        Has Linus ever played with modern ram drives? I did a little with my old 32GB system (2013). I would make an 8GB drive for games. But I never really tested true performance as I was too busy with RL.

                                                                        • Houdini
                                                                          Houdini  1 weeks back

                                                                          I remember on my 386SX the only way to add more ram was a ISA board with memory on the card. Way older than this, probably before Linus was born.

                                                                          • FireStorm_Records
                                                                            FireStorm_Records  1 weeks back

                                                                            It was nothing new You may be to young to remember the Boca Expansion Cards back in the Early 90's

                                                                            • Jay Viescas
                                                                              Jay Viescas  1 weeks back

                                                                              Remember HCs for the ancient 386 and 486 computers?

                                                                              • Nabi Kazemi
                                                                                Nabi Kazemi  1 weeks back

                                                                                Use IRST for God sake!

                                                                                • Nabi Kazemi
                                                                                  Nabi Kazemi  1 weeks back

                                                                                  I had one and its worked great. Ez app in Gigabyte driver CD is something.

                                                                              • David Thomas
                                                                                David Thomas  1 weeks back

                                                                                I used cards like this in the early 90's on an old IBM PS/2 Model 50z. I set up the internal physical drive as the boot drive (DOS) and then the autoexec created a ramdrive on the card as the D drive, then copied in an archived copy of WordPerfect 5.1 from C to D, then when I ran WordPerfect, it ran out of the RAM drive. When I was done with WP for the end of the day, a batch file copied any customisation from D back to C, so that tomorrow it would boot up again with my custom settings, but still be running out of the RAM drive. It was blazingly fast, especially with the extremely slow drives in PS/2 50z's (286 machines).

                                                                                • ArchGirl
                                                                                  ArchGirl  1 weeks back

                                                                                  This is literally how old cartridge games saved your progress before switching to flash memory (or even the lesser known SRAM_F); RAM chip and a battery.

                                                                                  • notthere83
                                                                                    notthere83  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Ah, reminds me of the good old days when RAM was so cheap and I had so much of it that I used a RAM drive as a scratch disk for... I think Photoshop, since it refused to use my RAM, even though I cranked it way up in the settings.

                                                                                    • Rein Lind
                                                                                      Rein Lind  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Where i can buy this?
                                                                                      Belive me, i cannot found with google..

                                                                                      • MrThorV2
                                                                                        MrThorV2  1 weeks back

                                                                                        well Ive recently bought Gigabyte I-Ram GC-RAMDISK-RH-GB1 for about 200 euro :)

                                                                                        • Erik Andersson
                                                                                          Erik Andersson  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Now almost 10 years later, I’m regretting selling my HyperDrive 4 that I had got for free, because I needed money and couldn’t even afford buying the memory for it.