Windows Vista ReadyBoost Test Round-up

ActiveWin has posted up a review of 3 Windows Vista capable ReadyBoost USB sticks.

We have been running a number of Windows ReadyBoost tests on various USB Drive Sticks that have come out recently. Not only do we have a list of those that work, and those that don't! We have also started to go in-depth with some of them. ReadyBoost is designed to improve small random I/O for people who lack the expansion slots, money, and or technical expertise to add additional RAM. This isn't a replacement for RAM upgrades; it's simply the chance to speed up your Vista machine very slightly and very easily.

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The Sandisk Micro Cruzer u3 1GB USB flash drive works and it is currently one of the fastest out there.

they need to do Office application benchmarking with this not boot benchmarking... heck they need to learn what readyboost was designed for first before "reviewing" it

This review's benchmarks are mistargeted. ReadyBoost isn't really meant to improve boot time -- how could it? It's designed to be a cache for the pagefile, not the boot process. When Windows needs to load something back from the pagefile, it first checks to see if it's in the ReadyBoost cache. If it is, then it can load it faster because then it can avoid the high latency incurred by a hard drive's seek time.

I think a much better test would be loading up a bunch of applications and toss some specific workloads at them.

Sorry guys it looks crap as it wasn't due to be live any time soon as it wasn't due to be finishing til Saturday. I've posted an updated version to to the server.

As for bias, afraid not as all the companies sent their sticks to me - the Apacer one has just come out on top in all three places, its simply due to the fact its a much faster device. I should have the 4 GB model soon to run against the others as well.

Cheers

what's weird is i plugged in a 1gb kingston and it failed the speed test.
then i formatted it ntfs and it can be used as a readyboost drive.

go figure...

Another way to get readyboost working is to change from optimize for quick removal to optimize for performance in the properties. I did this on a cheap drive I picked up from MicroCenter and it now works.

Allow me to say what a crappy "review"

it just simply lists which works and which don't....

I've seen similar lists in internet already.

Good idea the technology. Unfortunatly that review is pretty crap, no actual results showing time programs take to launch or whatever, really no results to compare the devices on. Shame as it would be nice to see some numbers.

Smigit said,
Good idea the technology. Unfortunatly that review is pretty crap, no actual results showing time programs take to launch or whatever, really no results to compare the devices on. Shame as it would be nice to see some numbers.

Yep totally agree and it seems to me like theres a bit of Bias in the article maybe paid to post about it.

Baked said,

Yep totally agree and it seems to me like theres a bit of Bias in the article maybe paid to post about it.

I agree, no stats, nothing about how they tested it, no comment at all, just the fact that some memory stick won all their 'awards'... I looked for another page thinking it must be a mistake...

lfLASHl said,
man i have 4gigs mem will this help my pc load up any faster, i would like it to boot in under 4sec's if possiable
whoaaa...that's ambitious. You can try sleep mode.

mrmckeb said,
Yeah, hybernation is for you my friend, or Suspend To Ram

Yeah, if you can get it work 100% on your system... Still crashing for many people.

I think ReadyBoost is a good idea. This is quite a good read on the subject. You can move the page file (on Win XP) to a USB drive to have the same effect (more or less). (<--credit does to PC User Jan. 07)

Not true. The paging file takes advantage of the vastly superior sequential read speeds of hard disks, whereas readyboost takes advantage of the highly superior random read speeds of flash memory. Readyboost is aimed at improving the IO times of very small random paging operations, taking them from the pagefile to the readyboost cache. the pagefile takes care of larger paging operations, therefore moving the paging file to a USB drive would give you an absolutely enormous performance hit