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.
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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