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Games Not Loading Faster On RAMDisk?

#21TheFeshPincePosted 10/18/2013 10:49:09 PM
TimDD posted...
If you're using your ramdisk for gaming, I would suggest using the http://Dimmdrive.com software as it literally is a ramdisk meant for gaming. It syncs data between your ramdisk and your hard drive in real time (eg, game saves, config changes, game updates), has direct integration with steam, and is awesome.


I agree with Tim. It is truly great software. Can you help me fix my Loading Steam Games... issue?
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#22lkmanPosted 10/18/2013 11:16:54 PM
Use imdisk ramdisk, simple and easy to use.
#23KamenRiderBladePosted 10/19/2013 12:09:07 AM
RAMDisk should make loading faster, but if your CPU is bottlenecking the loading of levels, then that's where you need a better CPU.
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#24Madmicky933(Topic Creator)Posted 10/19/2013 12:18:50 AM
KamenRiderBlade posted...
RAMDisk should make loading faster, but if your CPU is bottlenecking the loading of levels, then that's where you need a better CPU.


Mine isn't at all. It's an Intel Core i7-2600 @ 3.8GHz
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#25TimDDPosted 10/19/2013 3:28:33 PM
TheFeshPince posted...
TimDD posted...
If you're using your ramdisk for gaming, I would suggest using the http://Dimmdrive.com software as it literally is a ramdisk meant for gaming. It syncs data between your ramdisk and your hard drive in real time (eg, game saves, config changes, game updates), has direct integration with steam, and is awesome.


I agree with Tim. It is truly great software. Can you help me fix my Loading Steam Games... issue?


Are you using Version 10004 of Dimmdrive? Check that out. Also, the 10005 Version has some massive Steam changes which I'm really excited about.

Here are the patch notes cut/pasted from the Dimmdrive.com site:

-- Dimmdrive can now be used with games which have a size larger than your RAM / Dimmdrive size! This feature allows you to intelligently select the particular files you want to go fast and skip out non-essential files. For example, you can take a 25GB World of Warcraft installation and trim it down to 3GB size in Dimmdrive. See here for more information: http://dimmdrive.com...am-or-more-ram/

-- Dimmdrive's core has been completely rebuilt. All Ramdisk information is now intelligently created and managed using our custom symlink engine. This means Steam, Origin, Game Launchers, everything, will passively work by default
-- Dimmdrive's core now automatically synchronizes all managed symlinks with actual data on your hard drive. This means NO data is lost when you shut down your PC, reboot, etc.

-- You can now re-select an EXE in Steam

-- You can now bind an EXE to run in the "Other Programs" area when using a folder

-- Fixed a crash bug due to a Microsoft issue causing WMI pointers to get out-of-sync

-- General speed enhancements
#26TimDDPosted 10/19/2013 8:58:58 PM
Ch3wy posted...
WerdnAndreW posted...
Couldn't you use junction folders instead of installing the game over again?


I think this is what Dimmdrive uses.

I just tested Stalker:CoP on it. 1:48 loading time with WD Black, 1:08 off Dimmdrive. I think the first minute of loading isn't using the hard drive a lot since my HDD stays pretty quiet during that part.


Yup, Dimmdrive does this and more. Essentially, Dimmdrive: 1) Creates ultra high speed ram drive, 2) Copies game data to ram drive, 3) Creates symbolic link to normal hard drive, 4) Creates "integrity guarantee" copies of data to insure nothing is lost in the even to of PC crash/etc, 5) Dimmdrive also synchronizes data in the ramdrive with your actual hard drive.


Dimmdrive also does a bunch of other things, like integrate with steam, allow larger games to work with smaller ram sizes, etc.

Check out http://dimmdrive.com/videos/ for some good videos on ramdisks.
#27ScroePosted 10/21/2013 9:15:36 AM
I wonder what the DD in TimDD stands for
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#28Loserman15Posted 10/21/2013 9:30:35 AM
It's no secret it is his product. He said so in the first topic about this.
#29HydroCannabinolPosted 10/21/2013 9:34:13 AM
TimDD posted...
Ch3wy posted...
WerdnAndreW posted...
Couldn't you use junction folders instead of installing the game over again?


I think this is what Dimmdrive uses.

I just tested Stalker:CoP on it. 1:48 loading time with WD Black, 1:08 off Dimmdrive. I think the first minute of loading isn't using the hard drive a lot since my HDD stays pretty quiet during that part.


Yup, Dimmdrive does this and more. Essentially, Dimmdrive: 1) Creates ultra high speed ram drive, 2) Copies game data to ram drive, 3) Creates symbolic link to normal hard drive, 4) Creates "integrity guarantee" copies of data to insure nothing is lost in the even to of PC crash/etc, 5) Dimmdrive also synchronizes data in the ramdrive with your actual hard drive.


Dimmdrive also does a bunch of other things, like integrate with steam, allow larger games to work with smaller ram sizes, etc.

Check out http://dimmdrive.com/videos/ for some good videos on ramdisks.


I have to back this as well. Great software and just because he is advertising it doesn't mean anything. It's a great piece of software that works. It's the best 'RAMdisk software' for gaming in my opinion. It streamlines everything for you and has great integration with Steam... what more could you ask.
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#30TimDDPosted 10/25/2013 4:20:08 AM
Scroe posted...
I wonder what the DD in TimDD stands for


The Dimmdrive project is owned by a charmish fellow named Tim. Could it be a coincidence that my nickname is TimDD?

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Naw, actually it is me, and I've made that very clear as mentioned by some fine peeps below :)

While ramdrives themselves have been around longer than most people who browse GF have been alive, the concept of using them with gaming is relatively new. I like to browse the random internet and answer people's questions about ramdisks with regards to PC gaming. There is a *lot* of speculation and I'm trying my best to answer people's questions about what a ramdisk is.