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.