Optane Memory: The memory of Intel that speeds up your PC

the idea of acceleration hard drives a small solid state drive as partner is not new. Improvements can be important depending on the workload and the type of data to be processed, but at the end of the day users prefer a pure SSD that squeeze the system the most. However, it now appears Intel with its technology Optane . The Santa Clara giant has just presented to Optane Memory a module that M.2 (en teoría) will give the traditional hard drives a good shock of performance, courtesy of 3D XPoint .

hard drives remain as Kings of the high density, beyond some prototypes in solid state with impressive specifications. Recently talked about a new 12 TB manufactured by Seagate hard disk and everything seems to indicate that the capacity will continue to grow. Now, what you can do in terms of performance? Many users have adopted a hybrid configuration, i.e., SSD with the operating system and critical files, followed by a hard disk responsible for heavy work. A standard SSD 120 gigabytes does not exceed the 70 euro and there are multiple brands with excellent reputation to choose. In the case of laptops, it is likely that the combo SSD+HDD is not possible as a matter of space, but there are other interfaces available, and thus we come to the latest announcement of Intel

«Exclusivity kills interest» Optane Memory will only work with Kaby Lake or higher.

The name of the new toy is Optane Memory but is not an independent SSD, but a module cache thought for the acceleration of hard drives. Intel started exploring this concept through his Smart Response Technology in 2011, and with the formal debut of Optane, expected even greater benefits. The module will be available in M.2 2280-format versions of 16 and 32 gigabytes . As happens your first product to Optane Memory places much emphasis on the latency, and your reading speed amounts to the 1,200 megabytes per second . Its sequential writing presents a more humble number 280 megabytes per second to the same level of basic SSD.

Unfortunately, the Optane Memory Module comes with very small print, which boils down to four points: technology is exclusive to processors Kaby Lake or higher (también requiere un chipset de la serie 200 en la placa base) only works with the system unit, required to configure the computer to RAID mode (y no en AHCI) , and its software support is limited to 10 x 64 Windows. Intel published both the release date and prices (24 de abril, 44 y 77 dólares) but there is no doubt that Optane Memory will be a much more interesting option for OEMs. Instead of installing a high capacity SSD and shoot the cost of their laptops, they will have the possibility of offering a traditional hard drive, accelerated by the module.

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