Hardware

What is Intel Optane and How it can Boost Your PC’s Performance?

We the PC users really care about the performance and reliability of our computer. Saving an extra few minutes makes us proud of our device. Intel’s Optane is a great way to increase the read and write speed of the traditional hard drives on our computer. If you are still using an HDD, then Optane could be the best bet.
The Intel Optane memory chip is mainly based on 3D Xpoint technology. In this new technology, the memory cells have to sit in a three-dimensional mesh. Its main aim is to accelerate the performance of the HDD to a great extent that it can compete with SSD. Theoretically, Intel Optane is like disk caching, giving you instant access to frequently used data, while data having less priority gets pulled from the drive.
It is not like your RAM (Random-access memory). Neither, it can store your data like regular storage devices. Instead, these memory chips are developed to work as a cache memory bridge among RAM and storage. Ultimately, this allows faster data transfer between processor, storage, and RAM. Intel Optane Modules are available in 16GB and 32GB capacities.



Who should Buy the Optane Modules?



Intel Optane Memory Module is a great option for people who are looking for a good computer speed but constrained to a budget. However, it is still a question of how can you really save with Optane in the long run.



How does it compare with SSDs?



The 3D X point is more advanced than the traditional NAND flash system in the SSDs. Optane provides a greater capacity with a flexible option to upgrade the hard drive capacity while maintaining speed. The read speed while using Optane with an HDD is much better than traditional SSDs. However, writing speed doesn’t witness any significant improvement. As compared to SSDs, Optane would be an affordable option since it makes it possible to improve the performance of your hard drive.



Compatibility and System Requirements



Only Intel 7th generation and above CPUs are compatible with Intel Optane Memory. Any Intel processor in the Core i3, i5, or i7 families from the seventh generation and above will do the job. Sorry AMD guys, Optane is not made for you yet. You also need an Intel-compatible motherboard with at least 1 M.2 expansion slot. The form factor of your motherboard doesn’t matter much if you are using an Intel Optane module. The type of your RAM module and graphics card doesn’t affect the compatibility of Optane. You can visit this link to check the compatibility of your motherboard with the Optane memory module: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/optane-memory-ready-boards-where-to-buy.html.



Intel Optane is Ideal for whom?



Business People



Storage is an important factor in business to store a large number of files. However, the speed of accessing them is also important since timing is everything in a business. Spending too much on an SSD is not always a choice of business users. Considering the price to performance value, Optane is a better choice.



Gamers and Content Creators



Both of them need a large storage space to save the program files and large files. Performance can only be assured when they can reach these files instantly. By using Optane memory, gamers can greatly improve their game loading time and content creators can improve their software performance.



Home PC users



Although it is not compulsory for home users to have Optane to improve their performance. The traditional hard drive is still good enough to power day-to-day tasks like web browsing or Office software. However, once people get the taste of the latest Ultrabooks or Macbook, they are going to have the desire to have such performance.


Important things to know about Optane Memory



  1. Intel Optane Memory will not help you to improve the performance of an NVMe SSD.
  2. It can only improve the performance of one drive.
  3. Only Windows 10 64-bit operating system is supported by Intel Optane. The chip does not support Linux distributions.
  4. Optane only supports UFEI-mode installed Windows 10.
  5. Only one Optane module will work at a time with one drive. If you plan to add additional Optane modules, then you will not have any luck.
  6. Intel Optane is also supporting by laptops with Seventh Gen Core processors.