Intel Optane Memory Review – 1.4GB/s Speed & 300K IOPS for $44

BENCHMARK PERFORMANCE – INTEL OPTANE MEMORY

Intel Optane Memory Module 32GB

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER. 6.5.2

Intel 32GB Optane Memory SSD CDI

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.05

Intel 32GB Optane Memory SSD ATTO

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 5.2.1 X64

Intel 32GB Optane Memory SSD CDM

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.9

Intel 32GB Optane Memory SSD AS SSD IOPS

 

 


Intel 32GB Optane Memory SSD AS SSD Copy Bench

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

Intel 32GB Optane Memory SSD Anvil

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

Intel 32GB Optane Memory SSD Vantage

OPTANE 32GB SSD PERFORMANCE SUMMARY

There is just so much we can say about the Intel Optane Memory module as an SSD, and so much that we can envision for when it is released as an SSD in the near future.  First, high read performance of 1.4GB/s is incredible considering we are doing this through a 2x lane environment…that is PCIe 3.0 mind you.  Low write performance of 300MB/s is pretty low compared to today’s SSDs, but we can confirm that this speed is where it is at for a reason.  The Intel Optane SSD released sometime in the future will have much higher high sequential write performance.

The most important takeaway from these benchmarks though is the low 4K read performance of 337MB/s with high 4K QD 16 IOPS of 335,000.  Can we say this has never been seen before?  That would be correct.  For us review geeks and enthusiasts alike, this particular performance is a massive step forward for all areas of flash, consumer, oem and enterprise.  This particular performance provides visibly faster system startups, shut downs, software and game loading and use.

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Pabst BR
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Would you consider testing these with the built in Windows 10 Ready Boost alongside the plain HDD?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Are you asking for a comparison of Ready Boost using a USB to that of Optane. You do realize that the USB has a much lower low 4k read speed than the Optane dont you… to the tune of 150-200 times. We are an SSD site but I have tested Ready Boost on my own in Windows. IMO it is more gimmic than worth the trouble. With Optane… in this case, the startup system files are readily available in the cache to equal the startup of an SSD. I might think that alone would dissuade any thought of comparison. Thanks… Read more »

Pabst BR
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My apologies, I thought it was possible to dedicate a SSD 32 GB or smaller as a Ready Boost drive. If that is not the case then disregard. Thanks for the review. I hope Micron releases a more hardware agnostic version in the future (for AMD boards with NVMe).

Les@TheSSDReview
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No need to apologize.. stuff like this makes us think outside the box. This actually let me in another direction to confirm something i wasn’t sure of with respect to new Optane.

citrix13
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Les, I would have like to have seen the Intel DC P3700 in the Real World File Transfer Tests, having said that the Kingston DCP1000 is beyond insane at File Transfers, the Intel Optane excels at 4K low queue depth Reads and the Lowest Latencies i’ve seen to date

Mark
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Mark

“on a green PCB”
Interesting. If the PCB is environment friendly then it is bigger news to me then optane memory.

Mark
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I wonder how reliable Optane is. Anandtech.com reported that when it failed it took some data with it. I have no issue recommending SSHD over plain HDD but what is worrying me is required software component.

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So it performs admirably as a read cache, but what about as a write cache? Would the low latency be good enough to overcome the limited sequential write speeds if faced with continuous cache eviction?