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Windows 7: Will USB 3.0 Take ReadyBoost to New Levels?

05 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Will USB 3.0 Take ReadyBoost to New Levels?

I just read about USB 3.0 External Hard Drives.

Are Thumb Drives next?
Is a 5GB/sec ReadyBoost Drive in the future?

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05 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

A 5GB/s ready boost drive is called RAM and it already exists.
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03 Jun 2010   #3

RAM is NOT persistent

ReadyBoost is.

So RAM does not replace/make redundant readyboost.
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03 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise X64

OT: ise RAM u get from readyboost useful? (does it make ur PC better, or is it just virtual RAM?)
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03 Jun 2010   #5


I think it is
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03 Jun 2010   #6

7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by obarthelemy View Post
ReadyBoost is.

So RAM does not replace/make redundant readyboost.
Actually, RAM renders ReadyBoost superfluous.
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03 Jun 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Regardless how fast the USB connection may be, it does not make the USB sticks any faster. There is anyhow only a very narrow "market" for Ready Boost - just systems with 512MB or 1GB of RAM. And the performance gain is not fantastic. Nothing beats RAM - the more, the better.
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03 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

5gbps is theoretical speed not actual speed. actual speed is usually a 10th so usb 3.0 will probably have transfer rates around 500mbps. either way real ram works better with the system then readyboost
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03 Jun 2010   #9
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

A system that uses usb3 and SATA 6 Gb/s can probably have a minumum 16GB Ram. If you aren't starting with at least 4Gigs Ram, it's a crime :). The thought of ready boost at that point becomes moot I'd think. A Guy
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02 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home premium
USB 3.0 and Ready Boost

Actually, most of you ARE incorrect.

Ready Boost works to speed up read/write speeds by caching frequently used content to a USB drive.

Even with USB 2.0 you get a fairly decent increase in boot times, and USB 2.1 is 480mb/sec while USB 3.0 is 6gb/sec which is substantially faster.
Universal Serial Bus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
USB 3.0 standard is
Universal Serial Bus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Asus seems to have the best USB 3.0 ports which are MUCH faster than standard USB 3.0.

So the idea is to use a SATA3 3tb drive and then a 8 or 16gb USB 3.0 memory stick for additional caching.

My favorite combo is a 64gb SSD SATA3 + 3TB SATA3 + 16gb of dedicated cache memory, Using Asus X79 RAM cache.

With this setup not only does a 3TB 7200RPM drive perform like a SSD it tops out max performance for SATA3. Damn near instant load times.

So the three techs are

Microsoft Ready Boost with USB 3.0 Asus USB Boost
ASUS - The Best USB 3.0 Experience - USB 3.0 Boost

Asus SSD Caching
ASUS X79 - SSD Caching - YouTube

Asus RAM Cache
ASUS X79 - RAM Cache / RAM Disk - YouTube

BTW 32gb of DDR2400Mhz Quad Channel memory powers my setup. G.Skill
Most definitely is overkill but its so nice to have...

In the future I want to get a second 3TB SATA3 and add another 64gb SSD SATA3 drive for caching.
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 Will USB 3.0 Take ReadyBoost to New Levels?

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