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Intel Optane Memory 32GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 24, 2017 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: Intel

Final Thoughts

 

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As we explained and demonstrated Ad nauseam throughout the entirety of this review, it's all about 4K random read performance at QD1-2 in an OS environment. This is the exact opposite of what people always focus on - sequential performance. We've been preaching this for years, but until now we didn't have something to really drive this fact home in the minds of our readers.

 

Sequential performance matters if you are transferring gigantic files from one SSD to another, but that's about the extent of the importance of sequential read/write. We are of the opinion that 99% of people that utilize solid state storage will be doing so with the system (OS) disk, where sequential performance is almost meaningless. Our message - quit looking at sequential performance and instead focus on low queue depth random read performance.

 

 

Who would have thought that just by adding a little 32GB Optane Memory module to cache an HDD you could actually get better system response in most scenarios than you will get from the best flash-based SSD? In reality, it is the most effective low cost storage solution devised to date. Optane Memory is changing the game, in a way that is likely to breathe new life (at least for few years) into the quickly fading mechanical HDD industry.

 

While we have found a reason not to hate HDD caching anymore, Optane Memory is so much more to us as enthusiasts. This tiny 32GB SSD has given us a glimpse into the near future, the new normal, where system performance is an order of magnitude better than anything we've experienced to date. And, keep in mind that for even better system performance you can use your Optane Memory module to accelerate SATA-based SSDs. We regret not having the time to test an Optane + SATA SSD configuration in time for this review, but we will do so in the near future.

 

Intel has been developing 3D XPoint for the past ten years, with a vision in mind to revolutionize computing as a whole and now that day is upon us, and we couldn't be more impressed with the outcome. Undoubtedly, other storage giants will follow suit with their own persistent memory technology, but as it stands today, Intel is the King of non-volatile storage performance.

 

Intel's 32GB Optane Memory Module SSD is TweakTown recommended.

 

Pros:

 

  • Low QD Random Performance
  • Low cost
  • Best OS Performance

 

Cons:

 

  • Low Capacity

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance100%
Quality100%
Features100%
Value100%
Overall TweakTown Rating100%

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