Intel Optane Pictures; Coming Out Sooner Than We Thought
Intel Optane memory was showed off by the company and though the press was given limited access to the device, pictures have still been taken. Intel was not willing to show the top of the Intel Optane memory and they were hesitant to allow the press full access. The company has confirmed that the Intel Optane will be coming out by the end of the year and will reach clients before anyone else.
Intel Optane pictured here seems to be ready for retail and the only thing missing is the skull and a few stickers that we are all used to. The Intel Optane requires four lanes to connect to a host system.
In a video rendering test, we saw that the Intel 750 Series SSD took 35 hours to render a 7-second scene while the Intel Optane only took 10 hours. This shows a decrease in rendering time by 3.7x. The 750 Series SSD also kept the CPU waiting for 70% of the time and in comparison the Optane kept the CPU waiting 20% of the time.
This shows that Intel Optane memory is stupid fast and could help keep workloads in tech. This also means faster data transfer and more efficient use of the CPU as we saw that the CPU is not kept idle as long as other SSDs would. This technology is different from NAND but it also is much more expensive too. You can get NAND flash products for as low as $0.25 per Gigabyte. Of course, the Optane is expensive but then again it is really fast and there are upsides to the technology that NAND cannot offer.
This is not meant for day to day consumers as of right now and is targeted at enterprises as they deal with loads of data and need quick transfers. We will find out more about the Intel Optane when it comes out.