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Intel's Optane memory is now available to purchase in the UK

Intel's Optane memory is now available to purchase in the UK

Intel's Optane memory is now available to purchase in the UK

Intel's Optane memory is now available to purchase in the UK

 
 
Intel's Optane memory is now available to purchase in the UK in both its 16GB and 32GB versions, allowing Intel B250, H270 and Z270 users to accelerate their existing system storage. 
 
With capacities of 16GB and 32GB, these storage drives are almost completely useless as boot drives. Given their use of XPoint memory, these drives do offer some impressive characteristics, with low latency response, high speeds at low queue depths and almost RAMDISK like performance. 
 
Some will say that this is the same situation as the SSD Cache drives of the past, though it most assuredly isn't. Older NAND SSDs did not make good cache drives given their durability after extensive rewriting and relatively low performance at low queue depths (the loads they were supposed to accelerate). In time SSDs have gotten faster, but Optane is the only solution that delivers what a true system accelerator needs with fast speeds at low queue depths and ultra-low latency response times to make your system feel faster. 

  

Intel's Optane memory is now available to purchase in the UK

 

Sadly we have not gotten our hands on some Intel Optane memory to test yet, but the boffins over at PCPER has already showcased that Optane has the ability to accelerate both mechanical HDD and even SATA HDD-based systems, which is a huge feat for a system accelerator. 

Naysayers who say that the same results can be achieved by using cheap NAND are only deluding themselves, as is Optane/XPoint only offered those types of gains then why would even SSD-based systems benefit?

Right now Intel's Optane memory is available at Box.com for £49.99 for the 16GB version and £83.99 for the 32GB version

 

You can join the discussion on the availability of Intel's Optane system accelerators on the OC3D Forums

 

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25-04-2017, 11:49:30

NeverBackDown
Actually pretty impressive what it can do. Wish we got bigger drives that were cheaper. Having all these on m.2 when we already have limited slots is an issueQuote

25-04-2017, 12:09:21

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Actually pretty impressive what it can do. Wish we got bigger drives that were cheaper. Having all these on m.2 when we already have limited slots is an issue
Pretty much why they needed two more M.2 slots on Z270.

Shame they can't offer larger ones, but it looks like XPoint is expensive to make, though it may come down in price after a while. It is still very early days.Quote

25-04-2017, 12:54:06

NeverBackDown
Do you think Xpoint will replace NVMe drives as the new high performance storage? I didn't fully read the PCPer article yet so can't come to my own conclusionQuote

25-04-2017, 13:21:44

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Do you think Xpoint will replace NVMe drives as the new high performance storage? I didn't fully read the PCPer article yet so can't come to my own conclusion
It is really hard to tell at this point, though remember that NVMe is just a protocol. IE XPoint drives can run via NVMe.

What you really mean is high-performance NVMe NAND SSDs, which will only be replaced by XPoint if pricing becomes a lot more competitive.

The likely scenario is that XPoint will be used in future SSDs as a large front-end cache, with the NAND being used as cheaper storage for the back-end. IE, all new writes will be to XPoint and gradually sent to the bank of NAND with a certain amount of data cached for faster boots and program load times.Quote
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