Product Profile: Intel Optane Memory

Published 04/20/2018 03:03 PM   |    Updated 08/20/2019 12:57 PM
Optimize your desktop with the revolutionary Intel Optane memory module. When paired with a large storage drive like a Hard Disk Drive (HDD), this system accelerator delivers speedy performance with faster app loading and program launches, without affecting your storage capacity.

Intel Optane memory is a smart accelerator, combining 3D XPoint memory media with interface hardware, software IP and an advanced system memory controller. The module adapts to your computing tasks, prioritizing frequently used apps and files. This way, Intel Optane boosts system performance for the apps you use most.

Intel Optane memory module specifications

  • Device type: internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Memory capacities: 16GB32GB
  • Form factor: M.2 2280-S3-B-M
  • Latency: 6 μs (read), 16 μs (write)
  • Endurance rating: 100GB writes per day

Intel Optane technology features

  • 3D XPoint technology
  • PCle transfer interface with SSD-like speed
  • Intel Rapid Storage technology
  • End-to-end data protection

Intel Optane Memory system requirements

In order to get the full effects of Intel Optane Memory, your system must meet the following requirements:
  • Intel Optane Memory module for Desktops / Intel Optane Memory M10 for mobile and desktops
  • M.2 PCIe/NVMe socket
  • Must be running Windows 10 64-bit
  • The system must have a 7th / 8th Gen Intel Core processor
  • Look for a system with the “Intel Optane memory ready” designation

Frequently asked questions – Functionality

Q: How does Intel Optane memory work?
A: Intel Optane memory combines technology based on 3D XPoint memory media with the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver. The Intel Optane memory module is placed between the processor and slower SATA-based storage devices (such as HDD, SSHD or SATA SSD), allowing commonly used data and programs to be stored closer to the processor. This way, the system can access this information more quickly and improve responsiveness.

Q: How does Intel Optane acceleration work? How many times does an app need to be opened before seeing the full effect?
A: Intel Optane memory works by prioritizing and accelerating your most frequently used applications. The second time a file or application is accessed, you will begin to notice the effects of Optane acceleration. The full acceleration benefits come into play on the third time a file or application is opened.

Q: How is Intel Optane memory different from other NAND solutions?
A: lntel Optane memory is a brand new kind of technology, unlike any other NAND solution out there. The primary differences between Intel Optane and NAND are:
  • Intel Optane performs well in low capacities (16GB)
  • It has the endurance to withstand multiple reads & writes to the module (100GB writes per day)
  • User-friendly installation automatically configures the solution to your needs

Frequently asked questions – Buying considerations

Q: Will Intel Optane Memory make my desktop faster?
A: Yes, you should notice faster PC performance with Intel Optane memory. As a system accelerator, Intel Optane memory helps your PC complete tasks more quickly and reduce user wait time. Intel Optane memory combines memory and storage into one virtual drive that uses smart software (Intel Rapid Storage Technology) to accelerate system performance. You will notice the greatest improvement in loading times and program launches.

Q: How does Intel Optane memory affect gameplay?
A: If you use Intel Optane memory in combination with an HDD, you will notice faster game launch and level loading. You will not see significant performance enhancement during gameplay itself, however, as game data is loaded into DRAM during gameplay. When playing multiple games, Intel recommends the higher capacity 32GB Intel Optane memory module.

Q: Should I get the 16GB Intel Optane Memory or the 32GB model?
A: The 16GB model for Intel Optane memory should be sufficient for most normal workloads. Users who access a variety of data-intense applications regularly will most likely require the 32GB capacity model. The biggest difference between the 16GB and 32GB capacities is the number of applications that can be accelerated. If you only use a small number of applications regularly, the 16GB module should work.

Frequently asked questions – compatibility

Q: Which PCs can use Intel Optane memory?
A: The Optane memory system acceleration solution works with 7th Gen Intel Core processor platforms, including: HP EliteDesk 800 Mini Desktop, Lenovo ThinkCentre M710sDell OptiPlex 7050 and more. The device fits into the M.2 connector on boards and systems with the Intel Optane memory ready designation.

Q: Does this solution only work with Intel SSDs?
A: As long as it is designated as “Intel Optane memory ready,” the Optane module should work with any SATA-based storage device installed in a 7th generation or higher Intel Core processor-based platform. The SATA-based storage device must fit these requirements:
  • Has Windows 10 64bit installed
  • Is formatted for GPT partition
  • Has 5MB+ of continuous, unallocated space at the end of the boot volume

Q: Can I use Intel Optane memory in a laptop?
A: Yes, you must use the M10 version of Optane Memory, which is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 2018. The original version of Optane Memory will only be supported in a desktop environment.

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