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ReadyBoost worth it with my setup?

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New Member
May 19, 2009
Hey, I've done a little research and found very conflicting views on readyboost, some say not worth it at all, some say worth it in lower-spec PCs, some say always worth it...

My setup is:

AMD Phenom II 955 3.2GHz
4GB DDR3 Ram at 1600MHz
Asus M4A78T-E mobo
Main drive: 1 x WD 7200RPM 500GB HDD
Secondary drive: 1 x WD 7200RPM 120GB HDD

so i was considering buying a 4GB Class 10 SDHC card and sticking it in and using it with ReadyBoost, or if better a USB 3.0 memory stick. Or would my ~£20 be better spent other ways?

Many thanks


Jun 15, 2009
You won't get any benefit especially if you're on 4gb RAM. I used to use readyboost when I was on 512mb RAM, it made some difference but not a big one, if you have a spare USB lying around then you might want to try it but it's not worth buying new stuff for it.


Nov 7, 2008
Huntsville, Al
Personally ive noticed a large difference when playing the games I have installed on my machine and I have 4gb of ram, but that the only time I notice a difference. The 2gb sony flash drive im using shows alot of usage when loading crysis levels and FSX and they seem to load 5-10 seconds faster but when booting into windows it isnt used at all so its obviously not helping my boot times.