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.
We downloaded the latest Intel Optane Memory software directly from Intel.
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.
Next, you acknowledge that turning on Optane memory will erase anything currently on the Optane module (but NOT your main drive).
Under a minute later, we were asked to reboot to finish.
One reboot later, Optane is enabled and ready, let’s see if it makes a difference!
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.