We've just noticed that the price of system memory (commonly known as RAM) has fallen to new lows, with a 4GB memory module costing just over £16, a situation caused by weak demand and a glut of memory parts from Asia.
This means that customers can now get 24GB DDR3 memory for under £100 and could trigger the revival of so called RAM drives, devices that use RAM modules to store data like a traditional hard disk drive.
Unlike solid state disks, RAM Drives do not suffer from fragmentation, are far faster than the best SSD on the market and offer ultra high IOPs. However, most of the players in the market catering for consumers and enthusiasts seem to have given up on that promising solution.
Amongst the most popular of these exotic storage systems were HyperOSsystems's Hyperdrive and ACARD's ANS series, both of which use DDR2 modules rather than the much more affordable DDR3.
Unfortunately, at the moment, RAM Drives are restricted to the very upper end of the market, like STEC, Dataram or DDRdrive, with empty RAM drives commanding four figure prices.
That said, there are a few applications that allow you to use the system RAM as a temporary storage volume; for example Dataram RAMdisk can access up to 32GB memory from the motherboard with a license costing only $14.99.