Intel Optane Memory Modules Accelerate Slower Drives And Enhance PC Performance

Intel is releasing cache modules based on 3D Xpoint technology. Instead the idea is to use these drives as cache storage.

He continued: "It will enable new levels of PC responsiveness for everything from compute-intensive engineering applications to high-end gaming, digital content creation, web browsing and even everyday office productivity applications". Storage performance increases by up to 14-times.

Intel - Today's introduction of Intel® Optane™ memory does just that. Atop that pyramid there sits an "Intel Optane SSD", which should basically be a consumer version of the P4800X.

The broad idea of these small Optane cache modules is that they bring the benefit of fast SSD-like speeds to a big old hard disk, meaning you can have your storage cake and eat it in terms of getting capacity along with speedy performance. And the reason for the wait is also simple: It comes down to data. As we explained in our detailed analysis of Optane memory for servers, this Optane memory can be used to get more memory capacity for the dollar without sacrificing performance, or to act as a fast caching layer sitting in front of more capacious and less expensive flash or disk drive storage.

Alright, so this is Optane Memory in a nutshell. In addition to having an 7th gen Intel Core processor, you also need an "Optane-ready" motherboard, which boils down to having "an M.2 type 2280-S1-B-M connector on a PCH Remapped PCIe Controller and Lanes in a x2 or x4 configuration with B-M keys that meet NVMe Spec 1.1, System BIOS that supports the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) 15.5". It increases the speed of application, game or large file loading so people don't have to wait almost as long.

Intel introduces a new family of products, the Intel Optane Memory, which promises to deliver high-octane PC performance ideal for gaming and browsing. It does this by ensuring the data contained in a PC's storage is more readily accessible, which means an overall faster, more responsive experience. A sample task using the Gimp open-source image editor took 13 seconds with conventional memory, 10 seconds with Optane freshly installed, and just over three seconds after the system was restarted a second time to allow the Optane software to work its magic.

Moreover, Intel expects different consumer products with Optane memory to arrive by the second half of 2017. It's never been a more exciting time for the PC industry.

  • Carolyn Briggs