Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage review


Intel’s 3D XPoint (pronounced cross point) has been one of the very few of the dozens of annual groundbreaking storage technologies to make it to retail, and the only one in recent memory to actually deliver on the hype. This technology arrived in the form of a 16GB or 32GB M.2 module called ‘Optane’ that could be used as a very high-speed cache for your existing SATA drive. While many enthusiasts argued that ‘high speed’ was a bit of a stretch when mistakenly compared to top end NAND drives that were easily clearing the 3GB/s mark on high-queue depth sequential transfers in synthetic tests, those that could see the difference between apples and oranges saw the more than order of magnitude increase Optane provides in low queue depth random I/O that more closely resembles daily real-world usage.

While a few comparatively higher cost and higher capacity models like the Intel Optane 900P have come to the market, the real benefit still comes from combining an Optane cache with a slower but much larger traditional NAND based storage drive through Intel’s Rapid Storage Technology. The problem has been the need to have a standalone storage device plus a free M.2 slot for the Optane module itself. This isn’t terribly hard to find in a traditional desktop, but mobile users of laptops and ultrabooks have been limited in options and often to a single M.2 storage device. A lower powered mobile machine can really use the performance benefits of Optane Memory Technology and today Intel’s Optane Memory H10 drive gives it to them. The Optane Memory H10 drive combines a 16GB or 32GB Optane Memory Module and up to 512GB of traditional NAND flash-based SSD into a single M.2 2280 device ready to even the lightest and most storage option limited mobile platforms.

ProClockers would like to thank Intel for sending us the new H10 drive and an ideal machine to test it in!

Intel’s Take on Optane Memory H10:
By combining the best attributes of Intel® Optane™ technology and Intel® QLC 3D NAND Technology, the Intel® Optane™ memory H10 with solid-state storage brings together two revolutionary memory and storage technologies on a single M.2 2280 form factor. Delivering innovation in storage through Intel platforms, the Intel® Optane™ memory H10 offers a personalized computing experience with a new level of performance and large storage capacity options, now available for gamers, media and content creators, everyday users, and professionals.

The versatile M.2 form factor works in everything from thin and light notebooks to traditional desktops, as well as AIOs and mini PCs. Providing system responsiveness with storage capacities, the Intel® Optane™ memory H10 accelerates what you use most, from everyday tasks to managing large media and gaming files and applications.

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