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

FINAL THOUGHTS

Our review isn’t without some ideas and concerns with respect to Intel Optane Memory.  Two things we discovered during testing were how much more beneficial it may have been to include a higher capacity version, at least to 64GB, as well as to increase the drives write performance.  Intel has limited it to that write speed for a reason, that of which we don’t understand.  As well, there still remains an issue of compatibility for those that haven’t the 200 series motherboard, Intel 7th Gen CPU and even Windows 10. We believe this group remains to be a very large segment of desktop owners, perhaps as high as 95%; NVELO was on the right track here.

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Lastly, as much as I knew about Intel Optane, I never expected this.  Within a week, I have seen validation of how Intel 3D XPoint will change the industry with their enterprise DC P4800x and this introduction tackles a huge gap in the storage industry with respect to hard drives.  Would I still take a pure SSD over Intel Optane Memory.  Yes, I would but that becomes very costly in terms of high-capacity needs.  A hard drive with Intel Optane will give you both performance and capacity. I must admit…seeing a caching SSD work at speeds up to 1.4GB/s data transfer, as well as at 204MB/s low 4K read performance, leaves me in awe of what Intel just did…. and what they are now capable of.  They disrupted an industry and nobody expected it.  To think, both the 16GB and 32GB versions have a warranty to cover 100GB in drive writes per day for five years.  We cannot wait to see what Intel has up their sleeve next!

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Intel Optane Memory tackles a massive void in the storage industry left by the need for high capacity hard drives and the need for performance. It's ease of installation, value and warranty make it a no brainer.

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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 »

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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.

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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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“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?

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