Intel Optane Memory M.2 2280 32GB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x 2 (MEMPEK1W032GAXT)
|Digital Storage Capacity||32 GB|
|Hardware Interface||PCI Express x4|
|Type of product||M.2 2280|
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- Use with a 7th Gen Intel Core processor-based system along with an Optane Ready Motherboard and an HDD
- Accelerate day-to-day tasks with smart software that customizes your compute experience
- Increase system responsiveness and performance for noticeably shorter boot times, fast application launches, extraordinary gaming and responsive browsing
- Form Factor -M.2 2280, Capacity - 32GB, Interface - PCIe NVMe 3.0 x2
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Accelerates Many Different Applications
Optimize your 7th (or later) Gen Intel Core processor-based system with Intel Optane memory. Its intelligent software automatically learns your computing behaviors to accelerate frequent tasks and make everything you do noticeably faster.
A high-capacity SATA storage device, like an HDD, coupled with Intel Optane memory offers high-speed acceleration and affordable, large storage capacity to quickly access frequently used files and applications.
Intel Optane memory in your new 7th Gen Intel Core processor-based system delivers amazing responsiveness, so you can search and find files up to 3 times faster (3,4,5) and launch applications up to 5 times faster (1,2,3,5).
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Intel Optane memory is a revolutionary new memory technology that affordably accelerates your system, delivering high speed and responsiveness without compromising system storage capacity. When combined with a large storage drive, the Intel Optane memory M.2 module accelerates computer performance, while maintaining capacity. You'll be amazed at how fast applications launch or new games install. Together, Intel Optane memory and a 7th Gen Intel Core processor deliver a snappy PC experience with short boot times, fast application launches, extraordinary gaming experience, and responsive browsing.
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I have a small SSD that runs windows 10 and then i have a Barracuda 500GB as secondary storage using intel optane with no issues.
This is awesome for budget built that helps your cheaper bigger mechanial storage be faster since larger SSD can be expensive.
if you can afford bigger SSD with no issue then Intel optane is not for you but for budget builders this is a must have.
I use crystaldiskmark for testing and if you see first picture is with Intel optane off and second picture is for intel optane on.
Results are amazing.
Fine, my fault here, I should have done my homework in reading carefully Intel page about the Optane Memory Module (go to the FAQ). Although it can accelerate a SSD the gain is not high enough to justify its price. If I knew that already, I would have chosen to buy a bigger SSD rather then spend money on the Optane.
Nevertheless, despite all the frustration (once again, I think that was 80% my fault), what really makes this a three star review is the installation process: while reading Intel's website and watching their tutorials makes you think it's a "plug & play" process, it is not! Already have your Windows up and running? 99% chance that you'll need to format your PC, so be prepare to back up everything you have.
There are several guidelines that you need to follow: your disk should be formates as GPT (MBR is not allowed), you need to have at least 5MB of non-allocated memory in your disk as part of the installation. Oh, and your BIOS should probably be updated and customised with a few tweaks to properly access the Optane Module. And how do you know that? Google + Youtube (users video, the Intel one doesn't give you much information). On top of all that you will need a lot, really, a lot, seriously, a looooot of patience.
Bottom of line: seems that Intel came up with a good idea for on budget people who doesn't want to spend a lot of money in bigger SSDs, but rather accelerate their HDD. That's awesome, but still, the lack of clear information of how the memory can be used (go to the FAQ before buying it) and also the misleading "simple installation" idea are frustrating. Once you get pass this obstacles, the equipment does what it should do: accelerate you HDD or your SSD (barely perceptible for the last one).
By no means this is as good as an SSD but, if you own a Intel-based(7th gen or later) pre-built system like Dell or HP without an SSD and all you want to do is spend about $60 and less than 5 minutes total time for an upgrade to a SSD-like performance, this is your easy shortcut solution.
this memory is working very will with my Ryzen 2700X + X470 gigabyte aorus gaming 7 wifi (Using AMD StoreMI Technology) , the results are quite fascinating Paird with a 1TB WD Black hard drive (WD1003FZEX), i will attach a photo of the benchmark
IMPORTANT NOTE: AMD StoreMI uses 2GB of your ram means (HDD 1TB + Optane 32GB + 2GB of RAM)
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But as of today they finally released v16 of the Optane/RST drives enabling secondary drive acceleration. In my particular build, it makes quite a bit of difference. Whilst the write speed is pretty much as it was, the read speed has increased from 120MB/s to around 900MB/s. Games load almost instantly (after they've made it into the cache). Be aware though that this semi-permanently pairs with one of your drives and if either the device or drive goes, you lose your data. I don't foresee this being a particular problem though as the device montiors itself for issues and will warn if anything untoward is happening, giving you a chance to disable it.
Overall, a very nice bit of kit.
However, there were also reports that the drivers on the BIOS of my ASUS ROG Maximus 10 could also cause stability issues. So I deduced that maybe the BIOS did not like the drivers for the OPTANE drive. So I updated the BIOS and the INTEL drivers at the same time and I have never experienced another crash since.
Is this card worth the expense? Well I am not connecting to the OS HD and I suspect that people would notice a big speed improvment if it was. I am actually conecting it to a 8TB HDD, and if you play the same game, the OPTANE drive certainly speeds up the load time. I.e Elite dangerous to the menus screen in 15 seconds without the OPTANE and 9 seconds with it on.
UPDATE: It turns out that the instability of my machine started again.
After about three days of analysis I found the cause.
First the symptoms:
I have a water cooled loop in my computer, and usually the temperature of the CPU was always within 5 to 8 degrees C above the water. But suddenly this jumped between 12 and 15.
I eventually found that Windows explorer was using 10 to 20 percent CPU, hence using circa double the watts on idle which then led to the temps going up. It took me ages to find out why, but here it is.
Intel OPTANE Memory PINNING for Windows!
Ironically, this is only useful when accelerating an HDD OS drive with OPTANE, and I am not.
So why the hell is it running as a service, severely impeding my new build when I am not even needing it. C'mon Intel, this is very sloppy! Since the excessive Windows Explorer CPU problem seems to be very common on the net, probably caused by many factors, how many machines are affected with the OPTANE specific problem, with all the frustration that goes with it I wonder. I did not find any other mention of the OPTANE memory Pinning issue on the NET for this.
So uninstalling 'Intel OPTANE Memory PINNING for Window's and BINGO! All is back to normal.
It speeds up your system boot, using windows 10 was much faster and the calls to my HDD had dropped by at lest 60%.
Anything to do with gaming is an absolute nightmare.
This little optane has made it impossible for me to game, it optimised constantly making my hdd be at 100% constantly. Even after being left all night (over 10 hours) to optimise for 1 game (Witcher 3) it still lagged and screen froze for over 5 mins after multiple reboots and tying multiple confirms.
The HDD is fine, the game files are fine - this is optane.
So TLDR - great for rigs doing normal stuff, rubbish for gamers. Save your money and just buy an SSD.
I ordered the 16GB model to pair with my 120GB KingDian SSD on my Gigabyte Aorus X470 Ultra Gaming motherboard, popped it in the NVME slot and set up StoreMi in Windows 10 Professional. At this point, both drives were fused into a single C: drive in Windows and I left StoreMI software to learn my application launch habits to enhance my most used applications.
You can see the increase in read speeds on the CrystalDiskMark screenshots throughout vs the SATA drive on its own but, some of the write speeds were lower due to the lesser write speeds of the Optane unit vs the KingDian.
On top of the enhanced reads of the Optane unit alone, you can also allocate 2GB of your system RAM to further increase performance which is shown on the third screenshot.
Overall, boot times are quicker, application load times are even faster and the system seems as fluid and responsive as ever.
Pleased with the result and no regrets in experimenting. I can imagine things are even better when an Optane unit is paired with a standard hard drive.
For those who want to utlilise an unused NVME slot and to speed up an existing drive, this is worth considering.