Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: ReadyBoost 4GB or 8GB?

03 Oct 2009   #1
Christopher

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.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

03 Oct 2009   #2
rsvr85

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
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2009   #3
Perrybucsdad

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


03 Oct 2009   #4
Christopher

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2009   #5
Perrybucsdad

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2009   #6
Antman

 

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2009   #7
Christopher

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:



My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2009   #8
Victek

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.
.
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2009   #9
Christopher

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2009   #10
Antman

 

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 ReadyBoost 4GB or 8GB?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
ReadyBoost
I just installed a SanDisk 4GB Flash Drive, and enabled ReadyBoost, via the dialog that appeared. In less than a minute, there was a BSOD, and on reboot it took an exceptionally long time to reach the login screen. From that point on, the system seems normal, but I haven't noticed any particular ...
Performance & Maintenance
Before using ReadyBoost...
I am thinking of using ReadyBoost to see if it will augment an old pc with 3gb ram W7 x32 (old pc Asus AMD K8 3Ghz, ATI 256mb agp card) just to see if there will be a significant change or not. I have read the lengthy post about it and that got me interested really. Is there like a resource monitor...
Performance & Maintenance
SSD and Readyboost
Hello all, I've got an older Dell Inspiron laptop that has only 512mg ram. I swapped out the mechanical hard drive for an SSD. It's made a huge difference in running W7. I partitioned the drive into a System and Data drive and W7 said I could use it for Readyboost. Since I only have...
Hardware & Devices
Readyboost
I've read this and this and I'm wondering do these statements still hold true: Using more than one stick doesn't increase performance 1.5x your amount of seated, physical RAM is ideal So, my machine is 64bit, with 4GB of RAM on two DIMMs. I have a 4GB stick in the back dedicated to...
Performance & Maintenance
about readyboost.....
recently i found a number of old thumb drives from the bottom of the drawer.....i wonder if the speed of the system increases by plugging in more USB drives? Which one is more important? i. the size of a thumb drive? ii. the speed of a thumb drive? iii. the number of drives used? well the...
Performance & Maintenance
Readyboost HELP
Hello all, I must say whoever made this web forum did a fantastic job! I'm not sure if I'm in the right subform but I have a question about readyboost. I have Windows 7 installed on my Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. My laptop came preloaded with Windows Vista, and I have since then upgraded. ...
Performance & Maintenance

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:18.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App