Intel Optane Memory Tested With Secondary Hard Drive


Intel Optane Memory Test System

To test out the Intel Optane Memory Module we tested on a upper-mainstream PC that consisted of an Intel Core i7-8700K processor, Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 WiFi H370 motherboard, 16GB (2 x 8GB)Crucial 2666MHz DDR4 memory, Intel Optane 800P 118GB boot drive, WD Black 1TB secondary hard drive, Cooler Master G550M 550W PSU, Windows 10 64-bit RS3 and of course the Intel Optane 64GB Module. After this image was taken we added an EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB FTW+ video card to better play game titles.

Intel Optane Memory Test System
Intel Optane Memory Test System
Intel Core i7+ Badge
This ‘Plus’ Badge Means The System Has Optane Memory

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

The Intel Optane Memory Test Platform



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Processor Intel Core i7-8700K
Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 WiFi
16GB Crucial
2400MHz DDR4
Video Card EVGA GTX 1060 FTW+
Primary Drive Intel Optane 800P 118GB
Secondary Drive Intel Optane Memory 64GB
Secondary 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

Here are some of the baseline numbers of the Intel Optane Memory 64GB module by itself with no Intel Optane Memory software running. You can run an Intel Optane Memory module as a standalone drive if so desired.

Now that we know what we tested on and the baseline drive performance we can take a look at some benchmark results of the WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive with Intel Optane Memory enabled and disabled.