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Windows 7: ReadyBoost 4GB or 8GB?


03 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 
ReadyBoost 4GB or 8GB?

I have done a little bit of research, and recently decided to setup ReadyBoost on both my HTPC (also my everyday gamer), as well as my laptop. I am currently using a 4GB Sandisk Extreme (new Class 10 series) SD cards on both machines.

My question is, would I see any big different in performance by using an 8GB card? I understand in general what is taking place but would there be any real world evidence of the upgrade?

Thanks guys.

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03 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Christopher,
i went form a 4GB card to an 8GB card not long ago, i wish i didn't waste my money, the performance gains are minimal, everything seems to be a little 'snappier' but not enough to warrant splashing the cash......save your money IMO
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03 Oct 2009   #3

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Why mess around with Ready boost, just upgrade the memory since you are running 64 bit. The memory is cheap enough these days.
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03 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 

Well to get matching sticks of the memory I have is about $85 ... and the SD card was $25 ... so would the performance boost be big enough to warrant the extra $60 at this point? Not likely.

I am waiting to go with an i7 setup before I go bigger than 4GB.

Thanks for the replies.
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04 Oct 2009   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

I understand what you are saying, but the SD card is going to be much slower as they don't use the quality memory in them.
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04 Oct 2009   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
I have done a little bit of research, and recently decided to setup ReadyBoost on both my HTPC (also my everyday gamer), as well as my laptop. I am currently using a 4GB Sandisk Extreme (new Class 10 series) SD cards on both machines.

My question is, would I see any big different in performance by using an 8GB card? I understand in general what is taking place but would there be any real world evidence of the upgrade?

Thanks guys.
You are fine where you are - insufficient gains for the money.

To other posters - some flash cards do use slower memory. Some use fast memory at the front of the card and slower (cheaper) memory for the remainder (majority) of the card. Some cards use fast memory across the entire card.
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04 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 

The SD card I am using is a 30MB/s Class 10 card. Here is my HD TUNE of the original card I was using, and then the new Sandisk Extreme Class 10 card:



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04 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
I have done a little bit of research, and recently decided to setup ReadyBoost on both my HTPC (also my everyday gamer), as well as my laptop. I am currently using a 4GB Sandisk Extreme (new Class 10 series) SD cards on both machines.

My question is, would I see any big different in performance by using an 8GB card? I understand in general what is taking place but would there be any real world evidence of the upgrade?

Thanks guys.
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Do you notice much difference using the four gig card Vs none? I tried ReadyBoost when Vista was first released and I couldn't perceive any benefit on a four gig system. In fact I consistently saw a slowdown during initial startup while the ReadyBoost cache file was being written to the USB drive. I'm read that RB noticeably helps systems that are low on ram, but you have four gigs so the system is not relying much on virtual memory.
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04 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 

I noticed that things seem "snappier" than before, but overall I don't believe it gave me a real boost with anything except memory intensive programs. I do a lot of photo editing which I did notice a difference in performance with all related software after using the 4GB Extreme card.

On my HTPC I didn't see any difference.
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04 Oct 2009   #10

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
I noticed that things seem "snappier" than before, but overall I don't believe it gave me a real boost with anything except memory intensive programs. I do a lot of photo editing which I did notice a difference in performance with all related software after using the 4GB Extreme card.

On my HTPC I didn't see any difference.
It is in multimedia editing that I receive the only discernable performance benefit.

ReadyBoost is reworked for Windows 7 and can't really be compared to it's earlier version in Vista.
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