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Install an Intel Turbo Memory on your laptop


First known as Robson, Intel Turbo Memory technology now equips more and more laptops. Often decried, it is a card equipped with a flash memory ranging from 1 to 4 GB that allows you to boost the disk cache. In the end, the use of the hard drive is reduced, allowing a significant gain in performance during the launch of Vista (about 30 seconds), applications and an improvement in battery life of around 15 minutes. Here’s how to get this innovative technology.


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Purchase of an Intel Turbo Memory

Several e-commerce sites offer this card. For example, you will find it on Amazon around EUR 30 in its version 1 GB — attention, prices have climbed lately.

Photographie - Intel Turbo Memory 1 Go
Photography — Intel Turbo Memory 1 GB

However, before making its purchase, you must check several very important points:

  • A space under the hood of the laptop shall be free or intended to receive such a card;
  • Your hardware must have features compatible with Intel chipsets (see table);
Intel® turbo memory modules.
Capacity Platform Support Windows ReadyDrive* Windows ReadyBoost* Software Pinning Operating system
Module 1 GB Intel® 965 Express Yes Yes No Windows Vista* (32/64)
Module 2 GB Intel® 4 Express Chipset Family Yes Yes No Windows Vista (32/64)
Module 4 GB Intel® 4 Express Chipset Family Yes No Yes Windows Vista (32/64)

Source: Intel.fr

Physical installation

N.B. : the photos below represent an Asus G2S mobile. In this version, the ITM module is not provided but a location is available as an option. Also be aware that this is a 1 GB version.

Unplug the laptop from the power socket, remove the battery and return the laptop.

Unload static electricity by touching something metallic and then equip yourself with a screwdriver to unscrew the part likely to accommodate this card (in my case, a location is available next to the WIFI card).

Photographie - Emplacement destiné à recevoir la carte
Photography — Location to receive the card

Insert the Intel Turbo Memory horizontally, making sure you don't break everything.

Photographie - Insertion de la Turbo Memory
Photography — Insertion of the Turbo Memory

Close the lid with the previously removed screws.

Photographie - Module Robson en place
Photography — Robson Module in place

Reconnect your PC and turn it on.

Software installation

When you purchase the ITM, a driver CD is provided. Unfortunately, these are completely outdated. So I advise you to download the following drivers:

Intel Turbo Memory 1.8 Drivers (19.7) MiB, 1,951 téléchargements)

Then, although this is optional, update the drivers on the hard drive. Indeed, compatibility problems can occur between these two components. As a rule, always try to get the latest versions of drivers.

For Asus brand mobile phones, I recommend the following website: croftophile.fr. For others, I'm sure passionate people did the same... otherwise, do it!

After downloading the latest version of ITM drivers, proceed to the installation. Now run the configuration software and check the checkbox Enable Windows ReadyDrive. Restart.

Capture décran - Module dadministration de la Intel Turbo Memory
Screenshot — Intel Turbo Memory Administration Module

You also have the option to activate ReadyBoost technology, but I still remain skeptical when to its effectiveness in this case. What to see!

If everything worked, Vista should start much faster. If not, check that the configuration tool has validated the previously checked checkbox. If this is not the case, update Windows as well as your different drivers. Personally, that’s how I solved the problem.

Although this technology is still at an experimental stage, it appears to be very promising. Moreover, it is the only one, to my knowledge, to use Vista’s ReadyDrive system. It should therefore be tried all the more since the selling price is hardly very high compared to other far more expensive alternatives (e.g. flash disks). Good DIY!

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