Let’s Welcome Intel’s Optane
Are we doing away with desktops? No, not yet. 79% of today’s desktop still uses a hard drive. We still use hard drive for data storage. But, hard drives deliver data in milliseconds. Over the years, the demand on storage had increased. This makes hard drives not efficient in delivering data. Image-intensive websites, live stream gaming, 8K resolution, and high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) demand high storage and data.
Intel unveiled during CES 2017 in Las Vegas their solution: Optane. It is a memory module that combines the speed and fluidity of RAM and the storage capability of Flash memory.
Optane can pre-cache frequently used apps when working with system software. It means it could load apps in an instant. This makes boot time much faster. It will increase system performance up to 28%. MS Outlook will load 6 times faster. Google Chrome will load 5 times faster. Games will perform 18% faster.
It took 10 years for Intel to develop this product. They said that they don’t use transistors. Instead, they changed the resistance of material to store ones and zeroes. In short, Optane memory uses material that stores information based on atomic states.
Optane is not designed to work with all the Core i6 motherboards sitting inside many of today’s desktops and laptops. But it will work with Intel’s Core i7 CPUs. Thus, you will need a full-system upgrade before you could use the Optane memory. The 16GB and 32GB will be available this April but you’ll need an Optane-compatible motherboard to use them. Manufactureres like Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, and Lenovo plan to ship pre-configured Optane desktops this spring.
With this kind of speed, the line between storage and memory starts to fade. The age of the super fast personal computing has began.