Earlier in the March, Intel has launched the new 375GB SSD for server systems based on their breakthrough 3D XPoint memory. It’s touted as 1,000 times faster (simply wow) than the conventional hard drives. One of its top advantages (among many benefits) is that it can also be deployed as RAM. So, in the case in the future, it might be possible that PC makers could eliminate the concept of storage or the RAM altogether.
Intel’s Navin Shenoy had announced that the company is launching the Optane memory chips for the desktop PCs featuring the 7th Gen Intel Core processors. The amazing about this is that it can deliver an overall 28% performance boost, 14x (yes, 14 times) faster storage, and also a reduce booting time up to 2x. For now, the Optane memory will complement the existing HDD or SSD on the system. Regardless of what we think, it doesn’t replace the conventional DRAM on our devices, but it acts as a cache for the storage.
If we talk about applications or regarding applications performance, Shenoy says that the Optane memory can enable the Chrome browser to load 5x (5 times) faster. Also, it helps various high-end games achieve around 67% lesser launch time.
Intel has also planned to ship the Optane memory on motherboards from next month onwards starting April 24. Intel will be selling 16GB which comes for $44 and 32GB just for $77. Optane memory modules M.2 2280 form factor which could be attached on 130+ Intel Optane compatible motherboards from the various manufacturers including Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, etc.
Moreover, Intel also expects different consumer products with Optane memory to arrive by the second half of 2017.