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

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Final Thoughts & Conclusions

This is not Intel’s first attempt at Intel Optane Memory, but it is certainly their best solution yet. We discovered a very noticeable performance improvement with Intel Optane Memory enabled and we loved the faster boot times, improved application load times, quick game loads and better overall system responsiveness that it gave us. Running a hard drive can be painful at times, but after quickly installing an Intel Optane Module and enabling the technology many of the woes of owning a hard drive were reduced.

Intel Optane Memory Module installed in m.2 slot


Intel Optane Memory Modules are available to pre-order now on Amazon and should be in stock and ready to ship on April 28th, 2017. The Intel Optane Memory Module 16GB (part number
MEMPEK1W016GAXT) is $45.00 with free shipping and the 32GB version (part number MEMPEK1W032GAXT) is priced at $77.00 with free shipping. We see Intel Optane Memory selling with with OEM system builders on brand new systems as for $45 (and hopefully less in the near future) you get a much better user experience. The nice thing about Intel Optane Memory is that is requires no user intervention once it is enabled, so it is truly a simple way to improve your systems storage performance!

LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: Intel Optane Memory takes SSD Caching to the next level and we can’t wait to see what Intel is going to do with 3D XPoint memory on Intel Optane SSDs later this year!

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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. 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.