Get Up To Speed: An Intel® Optane™ Memory Primer

“I’m in no hurry” was said by no one—ever—when it comes to computing. Waiting for a response from a PC is as painful for users today as dial up Internet access was a couple of decades ago. Back then, there was no choice but to wait. Today, waiting for a PC to respond, is simply unnecessary. Say hello to Intel® Optane™ memory.

What Is Intel® Optane™ Memory?

Intel Optane memory is a system accelerator for Intel 7th gen and 8th gen desktop platforms, that when coupled with a large-capacity hard drive delivers SSD-like performance at an HDD-like price.

It is a next-gen system accelerator—a cache—that sits between PC storage and DRAM. It uses Intel® Optane™ technology, based on 3D XPoint™ memory media, along with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) driver. By learning users’ computing behaviors, it prioritizes the most frequently used applications and data and thereby increases responsiveness.

What Can It Do For Users?

Since Intel Optane memory is a dual-drive alternative, users don’t have to choose the apps and files they want to prioritize on an SSD—and there’s no need for manual intervention like a dual drive configuration. A PC with Intel Optane memory is faster than an HDD, smarter than an SSD and never compromises large storage capacity. Intel Optane memory offers an unparalleled combination of speed, endurance and density, resulting in unmatched responsiveness. This is what it can do for your customers:

  1. Help them be twice as productive: With responsiveness that’s up to 2X faster, users can get through everyday tasks more quickly and efficiently.
  2.  Navigate their files better: Prioritize frequently used applications and data to search and retrieve files up to 3X faster, plus open large media files up to 4X faster.
  3. Get business done faster: Launch and navigate email up to 5.8X faster.

Where Should You Start?

There are a few things you need to know before you install Intel Optane memory. First, ensure that you are working with a supported platform including a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor or later. You will also need a SATA-based drive with Windows 10* and an Intel Optane-ready motherboard.

Watch these short, helpful videos to learn how to install Optane memory.

To make sure you have all the information for selling and positioning Optane to your customers, visit Intel Technology Provider. Here you will find informational videos, step-by-step guides and marketing materials that you can download and customize.