Sat Apr 07 2018

What is Intel Optane?

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Intel Optane

Intel Optane is a memory system that used to accelerate new 7th Gen and later version of Intel Core Processor-based platforms. Intel Optane technology is an all-new premium class of memory that can change the ways to build and use the computers. It is more durable than flash. This technology is a unique combination of 3D XPoint memory media, Intel Memory and Storage Controllers, Intel Interconnect IP and Intel software. It drives innovations and experiences and provides a high quality of service, high endurance, system acceleration, a fast caching power to storage, memory expansion, low latency and new possibilities. Optane is 4.42 times faster than a NAN memory-based NVMe SSD with regards to input/output, and it’s also 6.44 times less sluggish.

The software and hardware requirements for Intel Optane memory

Your computer system needs to have an Intel 200-Series chipset and an M.2 type 2280-S1-B-M or 2242-S1-B-M connector on a PCH Remapped PCIe controller and Lanes in an x2 or x4 configuration with B-M keys that meet NVMe Spec 1.1., a system BIOS that can support the Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15.5 driver. It’s an even faster SSD that will plug into your motherboard’s M.2 slot. Intel Optane used a mid-range Core i5-7500 processor, 8GB of DDR4-2400 memory, and a conventional 1TB hard drive with a speed of 7200RPM.

The first 16GB and 32GB storage will work only on PCs with Kaby Lake chips. It won’t work on PCs with older Intel chips like Skylake or Broadwell or on PCs with AMD chips.

How does work the new Intel Optane technology?

Optane is exciting for many reasons like gameplay, PC booting, and productivity applications will be much faster with the new class of storage and memory. It uses a new memory media to store information closer to the processor. It's similar to the function of dynamic random access memory. It’s almost as fast as RAM and it will never lose data when the power is suddenly turned off. This technology can access quickly in case of big data slots as well on the huge platform. An Optane cache could load the OS and applications faster than an all-SSD system. Even the games you play are going to load 67% faster, and the browsers will load five times faster. The new levels of games can also be pre-loaded on this Optane module. You won’t have to wait to ready the system, you can start playing immediately. It needs Windows 10 updated to function properly.

Where can use the Intel Optane technology?

Optane helps retailers to identify fraud detection patterns more quickly. It boosts the Financial institutions at trading level. Healthcare researchers could work with even larger data sets in real-time by using this technology. The Optane technology can also optimize PC experiences from interaction of social media to immersive gaming platform at home basis.

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