Intel Optane Memory Review – 32GB Module With 3D Xpoint Tested

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Intel Optane Memory Test System

To test out the Intel Optane Memory Module we tested on a typical $800 gaming PC that consisted of an Intel Core i7-7500 processor, ASUS Prime B250 Plus motherboard, 16GB HyperX Fury 2400MHz DDR4 memory, WD Black 1TB HDD, Cooler Master G550M 550W PSU, Windows 10 64-bit RS1 and an Intel Optane 32GB Module. After this image was taken we added an EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB FTW+ video card to better play game titles.

Intel Optane Test System

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel Optane Memory Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor Intel Core i5-7500
Motherboard
ASUS PRIME B250-PLUS
Memory
16GB HyperX Fury
2400MHz DDR4
Video Card EVGA GTX 1060 FTW+
Hard Drive WD Black 1TB
Cooling Intel Stock HSF
Power Supply Cooler Master G550M
Case InWin Z583
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor ASUS PB287Q 28″ 4K

Intel Optane Test System HWiNFO

Now that we know what we tested on let’s look at the results!

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  • I wonder if it provides any advantage to a fast NVme PCIe M.2 SSD. The sequential performance should not be affected, but the random 4K one (esp. at 1 to 4 QDs) should excel. But will that difference be practically perceived at all, or will it be revealed only in benchmarks? Is there a point when latency is so low (and IOPS so high) that going further than that will not matter?

  • I am not seeing this take off at those price points and limitations, like Albert89 said.

    You can get around a 250GB SSD for $100 or under and EASILY a 120GB for cheaper than almost both of these modules (MSRP). I just don’t get it. Buy a SSD.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      This is a product really aimed at system builders. Most sub $800 systems are still sold without an SSD. For example the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR. Is is an amazing $719 system with a 1TB HDD. http://www.legitreviews.com/cyberpowerpc-gamer-xtreme-vr-pc-review-gxivr8020a_184769 CyberPowerPC can now improve that system for less than a 1TB SSD. Most gamers need more than a 250GB SSD worth of storage space, so the thought here is to let them keep that 1TB drive and give them something to speed it up. The LR video card test system has a Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1TB PCIe SSD on it for mass storage and at $500 that is expensive versus a WD Black 1TB HDD at $67 and then a $45 Intel Optane Memory 16GB caching drive. It’s a decent solution, but just really is a shame that you have to have the latest platform and processor to use it. I don’t think Intel should have locked it down to the latest platform as no one can upgrade to it.

  • albert89

    The 375GB version costs about US$1520. So its going to be a while before they get affordable. Plus they are limited to Win10 (?) and skylake processors and up. Make that a ‘while’ X2.

    • No, not even Skylake. It requires Kaby Lake (and up).

      • albert89

        That’s even worse.