Intel reveals their sped up M15 series of Optane storage drives

Intel reveals their sped up M15 series of Optane storage drives

Intel reveals their sped up M15 series of Optane storage drives  

Intel’s Optane system accelerations have received a significant speed upgrade, bringing the device into the realms of PCIe 3.0 x4 performance, differentiating the device from Intel’s existing PCIe x2 variants. 

These updated Optane drives make up the M15 series, which will replace Intel’s existing M10 series of system accelerators, shipping in the same 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants.  

Intel’s Optane M1x series of system accelerators are designed to speed up systems using HDD or SATA-based SSD storage by caching data onto the Optane accelerator’s memory, which can be used later to reduce boot times and applications load times. This is why Intel refers to these small Optane M-series drives as system accelerators. 

In terms of both latency and performance, Intel’s new M15 series of system accelerations offer across the board improvements, offering players faster read speeds, enhanced write speeds and boosted random performance. With the M15 series, Intel’s Optane accelerators have been improved in every tangible way. These changes will allow new Optane enhanced systems to feel more responsive. 

  Intel Optane Memory M10  Intel Optane Memory M15
Form Factor M.2 2280
Capacity 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Interface PCIe 3.0 x2 PCIe 3.0 x4
Sequential Read Up to 1450 MB/s Up to 2000MB/s
Sequential Write Up to 640MB/s Up to 900MB/s
QD4 4K Random Read 250K IOPS Up to 450K IOPS
QD4 4K Random Write 140K IOPS Up to 220K IOPS
Latency Average Read/Write: 6.75/18 µs (TYP)

Average Read/Write: 6.75/12 µs (TYP)

Endurance 200GB Writes Per Day
Up to 365 TBW
Supported Platforms 7th Gen Intel Core Processor Platform or Newer
Warranty 5 Year Limited Warranty

Intel has confirmed that their new M15 Optane series system accelerators will release in mid-Q3 2019. 

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