RDRAM Upgrade...Is it worth it?

By GreatBarrier86
Jan 15, 2003
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  1. I was thinking about upgrading from 512MB of RDRAM to 1.5GB of RDRAM. Is it worth it just for playing games and video editing?
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    well, for games, not really. but video editing is another matter.
  3. GreatBarrier86

    GreatBarrier86 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well, i'm talking about games like NOLF2 where the full install is 1.2GB. Wouldn't it be quicker loading?
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    It won't affect your loading speed, because games (in general) don't load everything into memory at first. The speed is limited by your hard disk drive. Then again, if you have enough memory, you could use a ramdisk ;)
  5. GreatBarrier86

    GreatBarrier86 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ramdisk? i never heard of it what is it?
  6. Nick

    Nick Newcomer, in training Posts: 216

    mic has the best sig ever haha
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    In short, it's allocating a chunk of your memory to be like a HDD partition, in that you save files to it and they're permanently in until you restart. Common sense tells me that the RamDisk program actually saves the information to the HDD upon shutdown/program close and reloads it once it's started again, but I've never used one. Good if you're accessing certain files quite frequently. Or, if you're insane, and you have a system with 1+GB of memory and an old, say, 500MB hard drive, you can use it just to increase your hard drive space. It can really speed up the performance of, like a server for example, if say every employee in the building needs to get one required file, the admin sh/would put it on a Ramdisk.
  8. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Oh yeah...back to the topic...:eek:

    I'd say it's very very very very very much not worth the money!
  9. GreatBarrier86

    GreatBarrier86 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok i see, i do like to do video editing. so i assume it will help there right?
  10. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    If you have the money (which by looking at your system I presume you do) and think it's worth it, than knock yourself out. If I were you I would just spend that $350 on something else, something more worth it.
  11. GreatBarrier86

    GreatBarrier86 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok thanx i still have some money left over from the Dell 50k Prize i won so cool.
  12. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,508   +81

    $50000????
    I would maybe think of putting another 512mb in but I doubt I would go as far as to put in another Gb!!!
    Congratulations on the prize...
  13. GreatBarrier86

    GreatBarrier86 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    actually thats what i am doing i'm going from 512 to 1.5. unfortunately i cant put 2gb in this computer. 1066Mhz RDRAM only can be put in as 1.5GB max
     
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