hypnosec writes: Google's newly announced Chromebook comes with 1GB RAM and a 16GB SSD drive, the first netbook, the Asus Eee PC 701 came with 512MB RAM and a 8GB SSD Drive. With the price of RAM at an all time low (you can pick up 24GB RAM for under £100), it might make sense to build a computer that relies on RAM exclusively both for long term storage and system memory. The advantages of moving to RAM only are multiple; much faster read/write speeds compared to SSD and hard disk drives, simpler layout (basically just multiple memory module slot), no fragmentation, very little heat dissipation, and much easier upgrade path.
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