Like everyone else, we always want our computers to perform with the optimum speeds. We expect our programs to open instantly, games to load up quickly and our web browsers to go as swiftly as possible. When our computers don’t zip by as quickly as expected, our patience is tested and our frustration tolerance is put to the test.
Intel wants to help and they may just have a way to speed up computers without breaking the bank.
The company recently launched its new type of adaptable memory called Optane. The company claims that this entirely new way of storing data is “the first big step forward in memory technology in two decades.”
Combining the speed of DRAM memory (the memory sticks we find in our computers) and the persistence of NAND memory (the type of memory used by solid state drives or SSDs), Intel claims that Optane can power up a computer twice as fast, improves system performance with a 28 percent boost and speeds up storage access up to 14 times faster.
For practical usage, applications like Google Chrome and Microsoft Outlook can load up to five or six times faster and video games can start up to 67 percent faster.
How does Optane work? It is essentially a component that sits between your processor and your hard drive and acts as a “turbo-boost” cache for your computer. It learns and remembers your usage patterns and stores the files you access the most. Combined with its low latency, this will significantly reduce the loading times for your oft-used data and programs.
A few caveats
If you’re hoping to boost up your old computer’s speeds with Optane, well, you can’t.
Optane modules will only work with newer desktop computers with Kaby Lake processors and motherboards designated as “Optane-ready”. Compatible motherboards will already have the Optane slot for installing the memory module.
For now, it’s limited to desktops only but Optane equipped laptops may start hitting the market this year. Desktops with Optane already preinstalled will also start shipping in the second quarter.
Optane desktop modules will be available starting April 24. The 16GB Optane module will sell for $44 while the 32GB version will be $77.
If Optane’s benefits will be as good as Intel claims then this will be a cheaper performance upgrade than replacing an entire traditional hard drive with an SSD.
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