Unboxing & A Closer Look
Retail samples of the Optane modules will come in a box similar to above. Our samples are non-retail samples for review purposes and only come in a clamshell style pack.
The module comes in an easy to open clamshell packaging with the drive clearly visible inside.
The case pops open and the drive sits in a perfectly sized area.
The drive itself is a standard 2280 M.2 drive. If you’ve never seen one in person, they are quite small. The 2280 part of the form factor gives it size, 22mm wide, and 80mm long. I’ve heard more than one person refer them as ‘gum stick drives’ for their diminutive size.
For compatibility reasons pertaining mostly to clearance issues with laptops and other small form factor devices, the rear of the Optane module is completely bare like most M.2 drives.
The Optane module installs in any available M.2 B, M or B+M Key socket on your system like any other M.2 drive.
You may need to check your motherboard’s manual to determine PCIe layout, the drive can be used for storage in any configuration, but to be used as an Optane accelerator, it needs to be installed in an M.2 socket that connects to Intel Chipset PCIe lanes and supports Intel Rapid Storage Technology.