Intel Optane Memory Accelerator Now Available for Purchase




/ 6 years ago

Intel Optane Memory Accelerator Now On Sale

Intel announced the lower-cost variant of its fresh new Optane Memory technology last month, promising a significant performance boost that is a lot more affordable than the DC P4800X SSD (which costs $1520 USD for the 375GB model). The new Optane Memory accelerator is available in 16GB or 32GB single-sided M.2 2280 form factor drives. Although you can order it starting today, it does not actually ship out until April 29, but at least Intel kept the promise of a low price with the 16GB model MEMPEK1W016GAXT starting at only $45. Amazon.com does not list the price for the 32GB model but it is expected to fetch for $77 USD.

Intel Optane Memory Accelerator Now On Sale

In terms of performance, the reviews came out today many are impressed with Intel actually disrupting the SSD market with their new Optane drives. Paired with a larger capacity mechanical drive, the Intel Optane accelerator works wonders, putting up 1.4GB/s data transfer, as well as at 204MB/s low 4K read performance. The biggest downside of course is that it is only compatible with a narrow set of systems, specifically only those on the latest generation Intel platform. This means any Intel user with a 100-series based chipset is out of luck, and even if a user is on a 200-series platform, if they have a Kaby Lake Pentium processor or lower, they will not be able to take advantage of this accelerator feature. Which is too bad because those on lower-end systems who can’t afford faster processors will benefit the most from this latest Intel SSD.

You can check Intel’s Optane Memory website for a list of compatible components: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/optane-memory.html


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