[GRLUG] swap benchmarking

Tim Schmidt timschmidt at gmail.com
Mon Feb 19 09:23:50 EST 2007

On 2/19/07, Michael Mol <mikemol at gmail.com> wrote:
> I also see it benefiting older hardware where the RAM has been maxed
> out, or where the necessary RAM is no longer readily available.  If
> the system doesn't have USB2, one can add a $15 USB2 PCI expansion
> card.

So...  just playing devil's advocate...  what systems are you working
with that have PCI, but no readily available ram?  Most 486s didn't
have PCI (although I had a ULI chipset-based one that had PCI v1.0 -
which almost nothing worked in).  They took 32 or 72pin SIMMs.  Some
Socket 7 Pentium machines took 72pin SIMMs, most with the option to
take 168pin SDRAM as well.  Since then, it's all been SDRAM, DDR
SDRAM, and now DDR2.  In fact, the only systems I can think of that
would be problematic to buy memory for since the Pentium 233 w/MMX
would be the very few Pentium 4s that shipped with RDRAM.  If you have
one of those, you're better off buying a new sempron or celeron,
motherboard, and DDR ram - you'll get away for slightly less than the
cost of a similar amount of RDRAM.


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