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Intel Optane Memory 32GB Review

 

The Intel Optane Memory drive we were sent for review was an engineering sample so didn’t arrive with any retail packaging.

Built on a M.2 2280 single-sided format, the first thing that strikes you looking at the module is just how little space the components take up on the PCB. This is mainly due to the size of the new Intel controller (labelled AHT50W06) which, compared a normal NVMe controller, is tiny at just 7mm square. Compared to the usual M.2 drive, the Optane Memory module layout looks positively sparse. The 32GB module uses two 128Gb 20nm 3D XPoint memory packages, each containing a single die.

The labels on the front and back of the PCB contain a copper layer to aid in cooling and it’s interesting to see that the labels are only big enough to cover just the memory chips; the controller is left uncovered.

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  • jt AJ

    LMAO testing 4k results at QD32.. wtf. common kitguru, on page 4, optane module is to accelerate 4k at low QD. tell me that a consumer would run 32 parallel things at once. i understand its not good to be biased and show the bad side, the other side is also true its not good to not test what the thing is intentionally made for, which is to accelerate low QD in 4k vs SSDs

  • Nomen Est Omen

    FFS, Intel was working on this for ages. From a consumer point of view Optane is useless (the enterprise drive which predated this made perfect sense). Honestly, I just don’t understand why PCIe x 2, why 32GB max – there’s plenty enough room on that board for at least 128GB. My gran (and her dog) already have a 512 or a 1TB boot drive. Consumers just don’t notice QD performance. And I’m about to buy an AMD in September. Consumer products that could have been used in various ways, but cannot, make me wander whether Baldrick was cunningly involved in development.

  • ET3D

    The problem with tests of disk caching is that they tend not to reflect real world usage, which is what consumers would care about. I’ve seen it with SSHD, which tends to show speedups over HDD, but when you have them in a real PC that runs tons of stuff at startup, has lots of software and games and media installed, it doesn’t really seem to provide much benefit.

    So the question is, how well does Optane work on an “old” system compared to an SSD for system plus HDD for media/games and compared to just the HDD without caching? That’s what I’d like to know.