Because you and I have a history
And before people run off to buy oodles of RAM (remember, Windows 7 Home Edition is limited to 16GB!) for this, do some research (and I found a post on the subject here
)- Speed up internet page load times
This is mostly bottlenecked to your network speed, latency, and how fast your processor can render the page. It might help with cached sites, but that's about it.- Speed up disk-to-disk activities such as video encryption and audio ripping
Well, if you mean encoding, then I can see it. But audio ripping is limited to the CD drive, which is always slower than the hard drive (so you won't see any improvement). And audio files are relatively small, they're probably going to be in RAM anyways when you do something with them.- Reduce compile times
People say they had reduced compile times when they switched to an SSD, but I guess this depends on how big your project is and how many dependencies you need to grab (meaning, those dependencies need to be on the RAM disk as well if you want to make it useful)- Load game levels instantaneously, truly insane speeds
There's some notes to this. In the amount of time I cared to spend looking on the subject, I found this post http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2161009
, where the user reported "... the RAMdisk was faster as expected, but "only" 28% faster than an SSD, and 35% faster than the F1 1TB. "
Also note that for your day-to-day programs, and perhaps games, Windows is very good about caching commonly used programs in RAM anyway.