Intel is known for cranking up PC speeds to new highs, and it’s doing the same for storage with the super-fast Optane.
Optane, which Intel claims will replace today’s SSDs and DRAM, is exciting for many reasons. Game play, PC booting, and productivity applications will be much faster with the new class of storage and memory.
Intel has said Optane could be up to 10 times faster than conventional SSDs, but real-world tests on the storage have yet to be done. The first Optane storage was announced at CES, but it’s only in the form of low-capacity 16GB and 32GB units to be used as cache and not as primary storage.
The initial Optanes will not have a meaty capacity, but it will be a good start to test and play with the storage, said Pat Kannar, marketing director for Precision desktops at Dell.