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There are many things that come out in computing that really get my attention. There are also many devices that are currently possible, but with all the millions of products being developed, they just haven't found themselves on the assembly line yet. Yesterday I came across a device I've been wishing for for years.
I'm always looking for ways to increase the performance of my pc. It's easy to continually throw faster motherboards, faster processors, faster RAM and faster video cards in the box. We're always adding in more RAM and more storage. What we rarely see in our PC's, however, are quantum leaps in the performance of our primary storage.
Now, thanks to Gigabyte, we can address this bottleneck for an "almost" economical price. Gigabyte has released a storage device that will store up to 4GB of data that can be accessed at speeds dozens of times faster than today's huge hard drives.
While 4GB may not seem like a lot, it's enough to install Windows and a couple of applications. It's also plenty of space to install Linux and all the software needed to create a super-fast webserver.
The device itself retails for around $230 and the 4GB RAM can cost anywhere from $600 to $1000. Compared to the cost of a new hard-drive, it's at least 100 times more expensive for the space used, but for the gain in performance, it might be cheap compared to the cost of a huge high-performance RAID array.
Hopefully I'll find myself testing one of these in the near future.