Intel Optane Memory Tested As Boot Drive, Secondary and RAID 0

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CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0 x64

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) and shows the highest score of five runs.

Intel Optane Memory 32GB – Boot Drive:

Intel Optane Memory 32GB – Secondary:

Intel Optane Memory 32GB – Secondary RAID 0:

Benchmark Results: The Intel Optane Memory 32GB M.2 drive reached 1,411MB/s read and 300 MB/s write in the standard sequential write test and Random 4K performance was 290 MB/s read and 162 MB/s write as a secondary drive. The 4K performance dropped with the OS installed on the drive, but it wasn’t that bad of a performance hit. In RAID 0 we were hitting 2,824 MB/s read and 585 MB/s write, but saw no real performance improvement at 4K unless you zero in on the 4K Q32T1 write test result as that nearly doubled. 

Let’s look at some other benchmarks!

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  • forza1sra

    If I have a nvme drive that I boot from can I still use the intel optane to accelerate my HDD since I have a spare m.2 slot?

  • vcadsfv

    In the past there was special subpage where you show how drive behave after some seconds-minuts, why today there are no such a data? This was the main reason o watch your ssd review to check if the drive slow 90% after 15seconds. Now your test are simply boring 🙁

  • Carlos Danger

    How were you able to test using an X99 system, when you even said in your original review, “Intel Optane Memory requires an Intel 200-series chipset motherboard with an open M.2 slot that supports this new feature.”

    • ir0nw0lf

      Probably requires a 2xx chipset for the caching functionality but can work as a normal drive on other chipsets?

    • ProBit Support

      In this benchmark set they were not using the drive as “Optane Memory”, they were just using it like a regular M.2 SSD for direct read/write access.