Optane is Intel’s newest memory technology. Introduced earlier this year, it’s intended to dramatically speed applications, games and large-file loading.
The PC version of Optane, introduced by Intel last month, has now started shipping. The component is designed to work with PCs equipped with 7th Gen Intel Core processors. You and your customers can install this component on Optane-ready motherboards and systems.
Intel says you can now buy Optane for PCs as a system add-on from a variety of retailers. There are 2 versions: 16GB, retailing for $44; and 32GB, retailing for $77.
Coming soon, PCs with Optane already built in will be offered by Intel OEM partners, the company says. These suppliers will include the usual suspects — Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo.
Intel’s Optane memory for PCs with 7th Gen Core CPUs is shipping now.
Intel has positioned Optane to fill the gap between DRAM, which is fast but lacking the density for larger files, and NAND, which has great capacity but lacks speed. The module sits between a hard drive and main memory, keeping large files and apps more readily accessible for fast deployment.
How much faster? Intel says that compared with a hard disk, web browsers launch up to 5 times faster with Optane. Games launch up to 67 percent faster. And everyday tasks, such as email applications, launch more than 5 times faster.
Looking ahead, some of the tech blogs have speculated that Intel will soon offer Optane storage in higher capacities. That, they add, could make Optane a viable alternative to NAND flash in solid state drives.