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

INTEL OPTANE MEMORY – OPTANE/HDD CACHED

So we have tackled testing the WD Black 1TB hard drive, and we ripped out the Intel Optane 32GB module from the Intel Test System and tested that…SSD style.  For this scenario, we are Intel Optane memory as a caching system, just the way we received it.

TSSDR Intel Optane Memory Test Bench

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.05

Intel Optane 32GB ATTO

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 5.2.1 X64

Intel Optane 32GB CDM

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.9

Intel Optane 32GB AS SSD BenchIntel Optane 32GB AS SSD IOPS

Intel Optane 32GB AS SSD Copy Bench

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

Intel Optane 32GB AS SSD Copy Anvil

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

Intel Optane 32GB Vantage

INTEL OPTANE MEMORY PERFORMANCE SUMMARY

Where to start…  Ok so, we can see that, even cached, we have retained our high sequential 1.4GB/s read and 300MB/s write performance which is great, but you will see these speeds actually occur very seldom.  Remember what we said about large files not being cached?  Performance relates to caching which is why we recommend getting the largest cache drive possible.

Low 4K Read (remember those small files that start things) throughput and IOPS are still off the roof, even when cached, at 204MB/s and 244.000 IOPS.  We have never seen this before, especially in some sort of caching program.  

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Pabst BR
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Pabst BR

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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Bnet

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?

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