Intel Optane 800P M.2 SSDs Show Up At CES 2018

Today at the CES 2018, Intel unveiled its first M.2 2280 SSD in the Optane family; the Intel Optane 800P. The Intel Optane 800P SSD will initially available in 60GB and 120GB capacities in February 2018. Those two capacities are pretty small for a boot drive, but Intel is aiming this drive at system builders and the like. Enthusiasts looking for a larger M.2 boot drive based on Intel Optane will have to wait a little longer.

Intel Optane SSD 800p

Intel showed us functional drives and even ran some benchmarks for us during our private press briefing, but placed us under embargo as far as performance goes. That said, the performance on Intel Optane solutions is pretty consistent and there shouldn’t be any big surprises. Intel is also not ready to discuss pricing at this time, so we have no pricing guidance for our readers. Common sense would obviously place them between the original Optane Memory kits (32GB for $76.99 shipped) and the 900P (280GB for $388 shipped) capacity points.

Intel informed us that this drive has two PCIe lanes and is ready for RAID 0, making it viable for a number of laptops, desktop and NUC models that come with dual M.2 storage slots. The Optane 800P is single-sided and of course based on Intel 3D XPoint technology that will be backed by a 5-year limited warranty. The endurance should be 200GB per day for the Optane 800P.

Optane Memory versus Optane SSD

The Optane 800P is on top and Optane Memory is on bottom

The 800P looks nearly idenentical to an Optane Memory module as you can see from the image above.

Intel Optane SSD 800P

We will have performance tests for you to look at next month!

Intel Optane Memory Solutions

  • Axiomatic

    Just tried to use a 32Gb older Optane and boy what a hassle for less performance than a 960 EVO. Sorry Intel but your online documentation (that I just used 48 hours ago) is incorrect. You have cut/paste errors on the Optane instructions. (specifically this one, total cut paste fail Step 9: dism/mountimage/imagefile:c:Win10USBwindowswindowssystem32recoveryw
    inre.wim /Index:1 /mountdir:winre) <— all smushed up. No worky.
    Then after setting it up the performance was terrible. 860MB/sec where the 960 Evo by itself is 2000+MB/sec. My opinion, avoid unless you are stuck with old rotational hard drives.

    • Axiomatic

      This was the model Optane I used: Intel Optane Memory Module 32 GB PCIe M.2 80mm MEMPEK1W032GAXT. This was in a ASUS TUF x299 Mark 1. Was trying to use both M.2 sockets. Returned the Optane, got another 960 EVO.

  • albert89

    Optane is over priced and works with a very narrow slew of hardware. Almost useless. Samsung has no such restrictions, is cheap and the performance is adequate with most PC users needs.

  • Digital Puppy

    Intel Optane 800P versus Samsung 960 Pro??? Hmmm……..

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      You can get a 960 Pro 512GB for $300 these days. That is a pretty tough drive to beat in terms of price to performance ratio. The 960 Evo is $246 and compares pretty nicely to the Pro, too.

      • jt AJ

        the 4k random read/write performance on 960 pro/evo is a joke compare to optane though. you wouldn’t get optane if its not for the 4k random performance.