Intel’s Next-Generation 3D XPoint SSD Technology Is Absurdly Fast
Intel and Micron Technology have been developing a new generation of SSD technology. They’ve been working on the technology since 2012, and now they’re finally taking the wraps off. The technology is called 3D XPoint, and it blows away current technology. It’s a compromise between DRAM and the capacity of current flash storage. Unlike RAM, 3D XPoint won’t lose what it’s storing when it powers off. Current generation SSD use NAND technology, and per gigabyte, it’s more expensive. The increased price is expected with new technology, but the 3D XPoint storage is faster than current SSDs.
Now after five years of work, Intel is starting to ship the first product with the new technology. The 375GB P4800X Intel Optane SSD DC is a $1520 PCIe card that works with current NVMe standard. 3D XPoint is meant to bridge the gap between DRAM and NAND, but it’s more affordable and offers more endurance. The technology can act as both RAM and storage, which is a first of it’s kind.
3D XPoint can double as RAM and Storage, bridging the gap between NAND and DRAM
The new SSD was sent out to AnandTech and Tom’s Hardware for an exclusive look. Intel has been extremely secretive with their technology, for some reason. The reviewers had to remotely test the SSD on Intel’s remote servers, instead of being able to put the cards on their computers.
While 3D XPoint is mainly for enterprise markets for right now, so DRAM and NAND markets don’t have anything to worry about. To make the jump to the consumer market, the technology will need software tweaks to utilize the SSD on a consumer laptop. It’s nice to see a challenger enter the market.
Tell us in the comments below your thoughts! Would you want to buy a more expensive SSD if it were faster and could do double duty?