Intel’s 3D XPoint Based Optane Memory and SSDs to Reach Enthusiast PCs Next Year
Intel Optane is the company’s latest range of much faster memory and storage products based on a new technology called 3D XPoint. Developed jointly by Intel and Micron, Optane will reach enthusiast PCs next year, as announced by Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group (CCG) at Intel, during the company’s annual investor conference on Thursday.
The first Optane products to hit the shelves include SSDs and memory DIMMs, followed by other 3D Xpoint memory media products for servers based on the Skylake architecture.
Optane products are bound to delight gamers in particular, as they are typically among the early adopters of the new technology, and always looking for faster options. The Optane storage operates at approximately seven times faster than the current SSDs.
Intel claims Optane is the most significant class of media memory products since the arrival of the 25-year old NAND flash thanks to the underlying 3D XPoint technology. This new tech packs the memory cells in a three-dimensional mesh, which allows for data to be written in small sizes and faster read and write speeds.
For comparison, 3D XPoint is said to be 10 times denser than DRAM, and 1,000 times faster and durable than flash storage.