Intel Optane Memory
Intel Optane memory is a revolutionary class of memory that bridges the gap between DRAM and storage to boost the overall performance of your PC. Intel Optane memory is based on Intel’s 3D Xpoint technology which is a nonvolatile memory and acts as a cache for the hard drive. Cache is not a new concept but Optane memory offers several advantages over traditional cache technologies. Mainly previous cache technologies proved to have too small of capacity, the memory was volatile and too slow, as well as it was very costly. Intel Optane memory is a four lane M.2 PCIe 3.0 connection that utilizes 3D Xpoint Technology which is 10X faster than traditional NAND and is 10X denser than DRAM so when paired with a standard HDD system performance is improved by over 28%.
Intel Optane memory is offered in a 16GB and 32GB M.2 module. It does require an Intel 7th Generation or higher processor and requires the installation of Intel Rapid Storage Technology software so although this performance boosting option is not available to everyone it is an excellent value add for any new PC particularly those being built by gamers and other enthusiast.