Intel’s Optane Memory Cache SSD

Intel’s first revealed its consumer (client) SSD based on its revolutionary new 3D Xpoint memory which called Optane cache SSD that improves the performance of slower local storage, such as hard drives, or even slower NAND flash based SSDs. Intel claims that a 3D Xpoint based cache SSD can boot load times, improve overall system performance by 28 percent, and lower game level load times by up to 65 percent. Intel Optane is targeted to those systems which hold large storage drives and Optane can be added as a cache-SSD, it’s also designed to be affordable, and that’s because it’s local storage is 16 GB or 32 GB.

How Intel Optane Memory Works

The insight for creating Intel Optane memory was simple: No one likes to wait. Waiting for games, movies, videos, hi-res photos or large files in your Outlook inbox to load is just plain frustrating. And the reason for the wait is also simple: It comes down to data.

The amount of data the average person creates, uses and saves these days is skyrocketing. For example, Windows 10* requires around 20GB disk space and one of the hottest PC games, Grand Theft Auto V* requires approximately 65GB of hard disk space.5 Add to this an ever-increasing number of personal videos and pictures, including 4k content, and the amount of storage the average person needs multiplies quickly.

Today, the way most people are dealing with their storage needs is through traditional hard drives. In fact, 79 percent of desktop PCs still use hard disk drives as the primary storage.6 But while a hard drive may address the storage issue, it also slows down a system and makes it feel less responsive.

That’s where Intel Optane memory comes in. It increases the speed of application, game or large file loading so people don’t have to wait nearly as long. It does this by ensuring the data contained in a PC’s storage is more readily accessible, which means an overall faster, more

The Optane cache SSD is a single-sided M.2-2280 drive with PCI-Express 3.0 x2 host interface and takes advantage of the NVMe protocol. This drives offer sequential speeds of up to 1200 MB/s reads, with up to 280 MB/s writes, and 4K random access performance of up to 300,000 IOPS reads, with up to 70,000 IOPS writes. The Optane build for caching so it requre high endurance than normal SSD. Intel stated an endurance rating of 100 GB writes per day (which is huge for a 16 or 32 GB drive, given that it’s over 6 DWPD for the 16 GB variant).