bit-tech.net

Intel Turbo Memory for Desktops?

Intel Turbo Memory for Desktops?

This is as close as you'll ever get for the time being, unfortunately. Unless you buy a Santa Rosa notebook.

We've seen a few of these dotted round the show, but on inquiring whether we'll see one soon, the answer has unfortunately been a unilateral "no".

Why so? Surely a Robson module on desktops will not only make use of PCI-Express, it'll bring Intel more money and it'll also improve performance for everyone.

No one has yet given a concrete reason, only speculation and also stating that it may be as late as next year when we get one. And by that time we will see version two arrive with a 4GB module and more performance.

Can you hack one in? Surely the support is there on the chipset and a bit of NAND with a PCI-Express controller can't be that hard to do? Apparently not, as Intel has locked everything down. Thus, it'll take a lot of reverse BIOS engineering to get it to work properly.

There is yet more hidden technology inside Intel's 3-series chipsets, it seems...

For those slightly out the loop, Turbo Memory was first shown off on Intel's new Santa Rosa platform for laptops. It makes use of both ReadyDrive and ReadyBoost by using a 1GB NAND flash module on a PCI-Express connection. It speeds up application performance by having a far greater I/O than any hard drive, meaning pagefile access is faster. Sure, you can plonk in a fast USB stick but PCI-Express has more bandwidth over a dedicated connection and is more integrated into the system.

Want a Robson module for your P35 like we do? Shout and stamp your feet in Intel's direction in our forums.

11 Comments

Discuss in the forums Reply
Ramble 7th June 2007, 18:23 Quote
I dunno. With larger memory sizes getting common (4GB anyone?), hybrid drives and readyboost it seems a bit pointless for desktops.

I'd probably buy one though, or pay more money for it to be included in the motherboard.
Paradigm Shifter 7th June 2007, 19:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The News Article
There is yet more hidden technology inside Intel's 3-series chipsets, it seems...
Yes. It also makes me wonder what stuff they might have put in there that has more sinister possibilities...

...but hey, maybe I'm just being paranoid. :)
mclean007 7th June 2007, 19:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Yes. It also makes me wonder... ***THIS TEXT IS CENSORED BY THE X38 BIOS FILTERING AGENT FOR THE FOLLOWING REASON - ATTEMPT TO VIEW PROPAGANDA AGAINST THE RIGHTEOUS EMPIRE OF INTEL. YOUR ACTIVITIES ARE NOW UNDER ACTIVE SURVEILLANCE. THIS EROSION OF YOUR CIVIL LIBERTIES FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION*** ...paranoid. :)

^^ how your post appears on a machine powered by a 3 series Intel board.
DXR_13KE 7th June 2007, 20:36 Quote
easter eggs are cool as long as they are good for you.
Bindibadgi 7th June 2007, 20:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mclean007
^^ how your post appears on a machine powered by a 3 series Intel board.

I actually have a photo of that text appearing on a stand.
The_Beast 7th June 2007, 21:17 Quote
I don't think anyone will care in a year
Spaceraver 7th June 2007, 22:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I actually have a photo of that text appearing on a stand.

Remember, just because they arnet visible doesnt mean they're not after YOU :)
./^\.Ace./^\. 7th June 2007, 22:59 Quote
I agree, I wouldn't use it if I needed more memory like that then i would get a board that holds more RAM
crash32953295@msn. 7th June 2007, 23:05 Quote
Well it would mean there is a use for that slot
leexgx 8th June 2007, 03:19 Quote
Readyboost as long as you have more then 2gb thay shown no inprovement as superfetch wold of all ready loaded it up into the system ram cache

useing an USB stick in my pc to use readyboost slows my games down makes them stutter more but i am guessing thats the USB interface doing that on an PCI-E interface it supports 256MB Each way

if buying an vista pc does not matter what specs it has as long it has 2gb of ram (dual core cpu should be min tho)

if playing games on Vista get at least 3gb ram {so get an 4gb Kit 2x2GB, even if your useing vista 32 bit (it only see 3.2gb out of the 4gb but thats not an problem) or thinking of getting vista 64 later on} or the games will suffer on High detail levels {BF2142 for e.g. {need to get my other 2x1gb replaced pc does not post with them in}

i find games run not that well on vista any way vista looks nice superfetch works as intended DX10 hmm only Company of heros (1.7v) has DX10 support (looks very cool tho)
./^\.Ace./^\. 9th June 2007, 22:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by crash32953295@msn.
Well it would mean there is a use for that slot
Well if you get the new Asus PCIe sound card then you could put it there insted :D If you really need fast memory access then you could use the iRAM thing, that could work almost the same as Intel's Turbo Memory thing :D
Log in

You are not logged in, please login with your forum account below. If you don't already have an account please register to start contributing.



Discuss in the forums