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Optane memory
« on: April 25, 2017, 02:19:18 PM »
Spotted this the other day.

http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-optane-memory-arrives-starting-at-44/

Interesting stuff, if the claims they are making turn out to be true its a nice little addition to a PC.

Anyone else heard of this or interested?
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Intel today announced the retail availability of Optane memory, which the company claims can speed up load times for everything from web browsers to games.

Optane memory is the second product to use Intel's 3D XPoint technology. The first was an enterprise solid state drive, the Optane SSD DC P4800X priced at $1,520 for 375GB. Intel said at the time that it was planning a multi-phase rollout of XPoint, with Optane memory being next in line.

Now it is here and it is much more affordable than the DC P4800X. It's also less capacious and a completely different product. Optane memory is not a standalone storage solution—it works in conjunction with your storage drive and memory. As Intel describes it, Optane memory creates a bridge between the DRAM and storage.

You can think of Optane memory as a caching solution. According to Intel, installing Optane memory can enable productivity apps to load up to 5.8X faster. More pertinent to gamers is what effect Optane memory has on gaming, and for that Intel touts up to 67 percent faster game launches and up to 65 percent faster level loads.

Optane memory is only supported in Kaby Lake systems. Supported processors include a range of Core i3, i5, and i7 SKUs, a list of which you can find on Intel's Optane memory website (scroll down). Intel also maintains a list of Optane memory ready motherboards, some of which might require a BIOS update.

Does Optane memory live up to Intel's performance claims? We're wrapping up testing and will have a full evaluation soon. In the meantime, look for online vendors to start offering Optane memory solutions in 16GB ($44) and 32GB ($77) capacities. OEM systems with Optane memory already installed will be available later this year.

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Re: Optane memory
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 03:07:35 PM »
Can't see link at work, but the recent tech news that interested me more as that the net speed of the latest solid state memory tech (SSD) is approaching that of volatile RAM.  If that's true, then it opens the door to a complete architecture change that'd removed all sorts of bottlenecks, dispensing with separate memory media and buses shuttling data between them.  Obviously it's fearsomely complex and would require new software across the board so wouldn't happen in Bill Gate's lifetime but it's an interesting conceptual vision.

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Re: Optane memory
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 05:17:10 PM »
I think this is the same technology, but the SSDs you mention above are far too expensive still.  However I have also seen that this stuff may only see max benefit to HDD users.

Ill amend my post to include the blurb.

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Re: Optane memory
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 02:18:53 PM »
This is designed to work and speed up mechanical drives (it does really nothing with a ssd), but it uses a m.2 slot, so who sits there with a "brand-new" computer that has a m.2 nvme slot and didn't buy a SSD?

At best this is a budget solution for getting a new computer but saving on the SSD and getting the optane (if its cheaper than a ssd) and a standard 2-3 TB mechanical disk and get the same-ish performance.

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