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Intel teases next-gen Optane tech, requires Kaby Lake

Intel's new 3D XPoint-based Optane memory technology requires Kaby Lake-based CPU

By Anthony Garreffa on Feb 22, 2017 02:27 am CST - 1 min, 14 secs reading time

Intel's upcoming Optane memory technology is one of the most exciting products of the last few years, with the company developing the technology with Micron.

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Intel and Micron use 3D XPoint technology that promises super-fast speeds with high capacity, and now we're getting closer to Optane becoming a reality. Intel recently revealed you will need a new 200-series chipset motherboard with specific M.2 slots, and a Kaby Lake-based processor. You'll also need to make sure your motherboard has a BIOS that supports Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver v15.5 or higher.

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The required 200-series motherboard also need to have an M.2 type 2280-S1-B-M or 2242-S1-B-M storage connector linked to a PCH Remapped PCI-E controller with two or four lanes and B-M keys meeting Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) v1.1 standards.

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How does Optane work? It's a blend of storage with performance of DRAM but the benefits of traditional SSDs. Think DRAM-fast memory speeds, with data retention when the system is turned off, instead of your RAM being flushed with each reboot.

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An Intel spokesperson reached out to us, saying: "We take any competition seriously but as we've learned, consumers usually take a 'wait and see' approach on performance claims for untested products. 7th Gen Intel® Core™ delivers the best experiences, and with 8th Gen Intel Core and new technologies like Intel® Optane™ memory coming soon, Intel will not stop raising the bar".

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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