Intel is announcing a new class of non-volatile memory (NVM) devices utilizing their new Optane™ Memory Technology. The Optane memory modules will be available in either 16GB or 32GB capacities, and they will connect via compatible motherboards’ M.2 slots.
Pairing Optane memory with a large capacity HDD (or SATA SSD) will result in SSD-like speeds, while maintaining the higher capacity, as well as affordability. This setup is ideal for gaming, content creation or virtual reality.
Intel’s Optane memory will be offered as an option for new Intel-based consumer systems, including those that support Intel’s 7th generation Core (Kaby Lake) CPUs. Platforms and motherboards that support Intel’s Optane memory technology will be labeled as “Optane Ready” to indicate compatibility with Intel Optane memory, as well as ease of installation.
Intel has not yet revealed performance metrics, pricing, or exact availability. They do anticipate that users will be able to get their hands on Optane memory technology in Q2 of 2017. For more information, you can view Intel’s Optane Memory Technology announcement page here.