Anyone have experience with this new product called DimmDrive?

I was just browsing through Steam and up popped a new "memory management" tool called DimmDrive, which integrates with Steam and allows you to run games (or portions of a game) in a Ram Drive. Ram Drives are by no means a new idea, but this is geared towards games and decreasing their load times. All right, I’m totally intrigued.

As I’ve written before, my game rig is an 8-core AMD FX8350 with 32GB of ram and it’s pretty damn fast already. It has regular spindle drives with no SSD, so I wonder if I could squeeze out some more speed with DimmDrive?

I’ve been reading through a few forums and I’m not playing first person shooters, but rather racing games like Dirt 2/3, Next Car Game, Assetto Corsa and Grid Autosport. There is also my new favorite, Shroud of the Avatar. Will I see a performance boost in these games? Games work quite well now and I have no real complaints, but if it shaves time off the load screen, then I’m keenly interested. Shroud of the Avatar has a couple of big scenes so I wonder if this would help?

Also, it appears this will work for regular apps like Firefox, Photoshop and others. I have an SSD in my work machine and load my smaller apps from it and they come up very quick. Will this give me a noticeable performance increase in my work apps?

So, to that end, does anyone have experience with DimmDrive? On the surface, it looks really impressive. Is it really possible to belt out 10,000 MB/s read speeds? That would be amazing!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then check out DimmDrive.com or go over to DimmDrive on Steam and see what you think. It’s on sale for $30, which sounds pretty reasonable, but I’d like to know if it will work with the games I have and what sort of boost I might see. The reviews on Steam are coming across as a bit mixed, but I think a lot of that is due to people not having enough RAM. I don’t see how having 4GB or 8GB in your machine and then using a Ram Drive is going to help you out. Unless you have at least 16GB in there, I don’t think you should be playing with Ram Drives.

The Developer seems pretty active and responsive which is always a good sign. He even has some YouTube videos which I’m going to watch. Unfortunately, there is no trial version otherwise I would be all over this. So if anyone with 16 or 32GB of Ram has this loaded and can offer some insight that would be great!

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One Response to Anyone have experience with this new product called DimmDrive?

  • Don Pedro says:

    So I spent a lot of time reading through the Steam comments and watching the YouTube videos and I’ve been able to draw a couple of conclusions. First, most of the negative reviews are by people who either don’t have enough ram or simply don’t know what they’re doing. I know people get all excited over having 8 or 16GB of ram, but that really isn’t a lot. Even 32GB isn’t a huge amount in my opinion. It will be great when manufacturers give us 128GB motherboards. Right now that’s reserved for Server class machines, but considering 640k used to be a lot, it’ll just take time.

    Second, I noticed that Tim, the developer of DimmDrive tried to address each and every negative review to try and solve any issues and answer any questions. That pretty damn responsive if you ask me. I don’t see too many devs following the same path.

    I saw a lot of comments with people complaining that RamDrives are old technology and no one should be paying for software they just need to buy an SSD. I completely disagree. Yes, SSDs are faster and are good for loading apps and games into memory, but an SSD is not as fast as RAM. And if you were able to stick a 10GB program into memory and keep it there, it would read, write and run faster than doing the same operations on an SSD. So yes, SSD are a good choice. Yes, they are bigger. But No, they aren’t faster. SSD is not a cure all for every computer problem despite what people say. They are good, but don’t put your head in the clouds too far or stick it too far up your backside to see the alternatives.

    After looking over the YouTube videos, I’m very intrigued and excited over DimmDrive. It looks like a lot of changes have taken place over the past few months and it’s gotten easier to work with. Seems like working with really big games can be a trick, but Tim has been feverishly adding new features and providing better documentation.

    As is stands, I’m seriously considering getting this and trying it out this weekend. I’m going to ignore reviews left by people with 16GB of ram. Talk to me when you get the proper amount. Considering how bloated Windows has become, you’re just getting by with 16GB. Since I have 32GB, seems like I could make a 16GB ram drive and get some serious performance boosts. I looked at some of the alternative apps and while they make a ram drive, they don’t integrate into Steam, you still have to do all the work. DimmDrive seems quite a bit easier to work with.

    I’d really like to hear from someone with 32GB on their machine who has this working. Worth the money and effort?

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