Jun 4 2011   11:59PM GMT

Will RAM and the HDD Merge

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, the solid state disk has been amazing for performance. Despite some initial issues of cost and longevity issues it has been a pretty quick road to the top. It only makes sense given that the underlying technology isn’t new and the high demand for it. But as the bus to the HDD evolves with the disks will the HDD and RAM merge to become one?

I don’t think that RAM will be erased all together, at least not at first, but quickly I can see the need for RAM being reduced. Look at it this way, if I have a laptop/desktop with 1 GB of RAM and a 256 GB solid state disk (SSD) why do I really care if the OS pages to the SSD. The performance of the SSD should be more than enough to keep up with the typical office workers paging file AND the OS just needs to understand that. I am sure that Microsoft would love to be able to tell its OS that it has as much RAM as it has hard disk. That could mean that Windows 8 could require 16 GB just like Vista did (just kidding Vista only required 8 GB of RAM).

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

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