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Intel Optane in RAID 0 - World's Fastest System Disk

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 12:50 am
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: Intel

Final Thoughts




Intel has been developing 3D XPoint for the past ten years, with a vision in mind to revolutionize computing as a whole. Now that day is upon us, and we couldn't be more impressed with the outcome.


As enthusiasts, we are always searching out the fastest hardware and various ways to exploit it for cutting edge performance. Optane Memory modules present us with a never before seen opportunity to create the world's fastest system (OS) disk for about $240. We know some of you will feel that 81GB of usable storage is not enough capacity for your liking. But, as we showed you, an actual full install of the latest version of Windows 10 can be as small as 9GB leaving 70+ gigabytes for software installation, and we believe that is more than enough for most users. We feel that it is more than enough because you should be keeping your games, videos and other large files on a secondary storage device anyway.



As we explained and demonstrated throughout the entirety of this review, 4K random read at QD1-2 has the largest influence on system performance in an OS environment. This is exactly where Optane has changed the game forever. Optane Memory delivers random read performance that is between three and ten times better than the best flash has to offer.


Intel didn't intend for Optane Memory modules to be used for anything other than caching large storage devices, but from the moment we were introduced to Optane Memory at Intel's Folsom California campus, we knew we were going to RAID them.


The user experience that our Optane Memory arrays deliver is unparalleled. The difference Optane brings to the table is palpable; you can really feel it. After using Optane Memory as a stand-alone media in an OS environment, conventional flash-based SSDs just don't provide the rush they once did.


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




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




  • Low Capacity

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The Bottom Line: With Intel's Optane Memory, you can have the world's fastest OS disk for $240. Enough said!

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