Intel Optane M.2 2280 32GB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x2 Memory Module Review: Page 4 of 6

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Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:00am

System Configuration & Software

CPU: Intel Core i7-7820X

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage VI Apex

RAM: 64GB GeIL EVO Spear 3200Mhz

GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF

Drives: Samsung 960 PRO 2TB, Samsung 850 Evo 256GB, Samsung Spinpoint 2TB, Intel Optane 32GB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64

 

After applying a few settings in the BIOS, such as turning the storage controller from AHCI to RAID mode and enabling PCIe storage remapping under Intel Rapid Storage Technology, everything was ready to go.

Intel Optane Memory Technology NVMe SSD 32GB

We downloaded the latest Intel Optane Memory software directly from Intel.

Intel Optane Memory Technology NVMe SSD 32GB

The setup process walks you through everything in an easy manner. We had 2 Optane modules installed at this point, but only one can be used for caching, we selected one here.

Intel Optane Memory Technology NVMe SSD 32GB

Next, you acknowledge that turning on Optane memory will erase anything currently on the Optane module (but NOT your main drive).

Intel Optane Memory Technology NVMe SSD 32GB

Under a minute later, we were asked to reboot to finish.

Intel Optane Memory Technology NVMe SSD 32GB

One reboot later, Optane is enabled and ready, let’s see if it makes a difference!

Intel Optane Memory Technology NVMe SSD 32GB

We did find it interesting that the drive disappears out of the Device Manager along with your OS drive, and gets merged into a combined device. It also disappears out of Disk Management as well. Our 2nd Optane Module is still visible here in the tree.

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