"Even loading applications may not be much faster. Some games, for example, highly compress their data, and uncompressing them may take up much more time than loading them from disk."
i would suggest that if a modern program (or game) highly compressed their data, it would be for good reason- ie it was a large amount of data, and (with normal hard drives) it sped up the loading process for most people (including those with average CPUs).
it would have to load and *then* start decompression if i am thinking right?
therefore whilst loading might not be as instant as it would be otherwise, it would still be significantly faster
also, for those wondering about powering this outside of a PCI slot, the extra PCI 'key' on the PCI riser here (scroll down, http://www.short-media.com/review.php?r=287&p=3
) i can only assume must handle power requirements (as otherwise the PCI x2 riser could be happily plugged into only one slot?)
but intercepting the battery looks far easier.
"I guess anything is possible, but it begs the question ... why would you want to?"
i guess dans thinking is that then you would get the 300MB/s + 133MB/s.. i can't imagine it would end up working as being actually faster in the real world, if atall.
i'm telling you, they need this thing on PCI-E x16