Intel Optane memory makes everyday computer tasks faster, smoother and easier

Built from the ground up, Intel Optane accelerates new 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs by creating a bridge between the DRAM and the storage

Key Takeaways

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    Skyrocketing data demands are slowing down computer response times

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    Intel’s Optane memory offers shorter boot times, faster application launches and more responsive browsing

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    Businesses can upgrade their computers by easily installing the Intel Optane memory module or investing in Intel Optane memory-ready PCs, right out of the box

As games, movies, images and more have improved in resolution over the years, it can take longer and longer for computers to load, and it’s all down to data. The amount of data the average person creates, uses and saves is skyrocketing. While hard disk drives can cope with the extra storage, they slow systems down, making them feel less responsive. And the problem affects not only home computers, but also office networks.

“That's where Intel® Optane™ memory comes in,” explains Navin Shenoy, senior vice president and general manager for the Client Computing Group at Intel. “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 responsive experience”.

“The Intel Optane memory module aims to improve the daily computing experience by adjusting to the user’s computing tasks and making everything faster, smoother and easier”

The Intel Optane memory module aims to improve the daily computing experience by adjusting to the user’s computing tasks and making everything faster, smoother and easier. The technology enables users to boot up their computers twice as fast and improves overall system performance by speeding it up by an impressive 28 per cent1.

The second time an application is launched or a file is used, the user will start to see the acceleration benefits of the Intel Optane module – and the third run is when it kicks in completely. The technology prioritises the frequently used applications and files, and those that are used less frequently may fall out of the cache over time.

Built from the ground up, Intel Optane accelerates new 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor-based systems by creating a bridge between the DRAM and the storage. The current iteration is designed specifically for desktop PCs but systems for Notebook and mobile devices will be available at a later date.

The technology is a unique combination of 3D XPoint™ memory media, Intel Memory and Storage Controllers, Intel Interconnect IP and Intel software. Together, these building blocks deliver a revolutionary leap forward in boosting computing response times when large capacity storage is needed. The technology can also be used by data centres to deploy bigger and more affordable datasets.

Not only does Intel Optane make day-to-day computing tasks smoother for individuals, it’s also paving the way for the future of computing at a company level. For example, retailers might be able to identify fraud detection patterns more quickly, while financial institutions may speed up trading and healthcare researchers could work with even larger data sets in real-time.

As well as offering short boot times, fast application launches and responsive browsing, the technology is incredibly easy to install. The Optane memory modules – available in 16 or 32GB – are simply inserted into the board and following a reboot, the drivers can be downloaded and installed.

Alternatively, it’s possible to get a desktop computer that’s Intel Optane memory-ready, right out of the box. A number of PC manufacturers, including HP*, Dell*, Lenovo*, Asus* and Acer* are set to offer products equipped with Intel Optane memory and there are more than more than 130 Intel Optane-ready motherboards available already.
 

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others


1Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit https://www.intel.co.uk/benchmarks.
 

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