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    PC makers do all kinds of things to save space inside their cases, but this is a new one to us: Apacer is apparently sampling sticks of DDR3 desktop RAM that include slots for M.2 SSD add-in boards and CFast CompactFlash cards, allowing you to mount storage devices directly to your RAM rather than using slots on the motherboard. The slots will still use the SATA III interface to transfer data—they're just mounted to the RAM and they draw power through the RAM slot.



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    If it work's go for it..

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    Very strange but I can see the benefit in very small systems. Like a NUC or some of the other integrated SOC type systems coming out soon. I would use it to build a small system to mount on the back of my TV
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    I'm surprised they didn't go straight for So-dimms with this idea. Make a ton of sense in laptops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    I'm surprised they didn't go straight for So-dimms with this idea. Make a ton of sense in laptops.

    The only issue with that is there are no internal Sata connectors that can be used in most notebooks. Even if there was it would require the notebook to be disassembled to route the cable. Some notebooks have 2 hdd bays and the one with the cdrom can sometimes be converted to an additional drive bay. plus the Msata and Mpcie slots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    The only issue with that is there are no internal Sata connectors that can be used in most notebooks. Even if there was it would require the notebook to be disassembled to route the cable. Some notebooks have 2 hdd bays and the one with the cdrom can sometimes be converted to an additional drive bay. plus the Msata and Mpcie slots.
    Ah yeah makes sense. I was forgetting that they were only pulling power from the slot, not communication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    Ah yeah makes sense. I was forgetting that they were only pulling power from the slot, not communication.

    Yeah that part is kind of important.

    It is a cool idea but I dont really see it having widespread usage. Only is some specialty cases. Like a really really small digital signage PC. Those have an OS with the signage script set so when the box turns on it runs the script over and over until it is changed remotely. There is no need for a large amount of drive space or even a 2.5 drive. So install a 32-64GB M.2 on the memory space and shrink the case down even further. Use a low wattage APU with Passive cooling for a really really small system.

    The systems that control machinery would also be a good spot. Similar to the signage systems.

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