Intel Optane Memory Data Drive Acceleration Review
Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, May 28, 2018 - 8:00am
When Intel’s 3D XPoint technology hit the market as Intel Optane Technology, it could do wonderful things to your computer, but only in the right configuration. To take advantage, you had to couple an Optane module to a SATA based drive. Not long after, larger drives big enough to hold your entire system became available, but only for the deeper-pocketed enthusiasts. Many users couple a smaller PCIe storage drive with the OS to a large mechanical Hard Drive for storage and Intel has now opened up Optane Acceleration to kick your data drive into high gear as well. Those smaller 32 and 64GB Optane modules can now be put to good use, and we’ll be looking at how this typical SSD+HDD configuration can benefit from Intel Optane Acceleration Technology.
ProClockers would like to thank Intel for setting us up with a system to test these new features out on!
Intel’s Take on Optane Technology Data Drive Acceleration:
As you know, Intel® Optane™ memory is a smart and adaptable system accelerator for the 7th Gen and 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family. By adding Intel® Optane™ memory to systems with SATA-based storage (HDD, SATA SSD, SSHD), Intel is able to increase the performance and responsiveness of these systems without compromising platform storage capacity. Intel® Optane™ memory adapts to the user, continually customizing the computer experience, with an intelligent driver that optimizes computer performance, based on what’s used most often.
Previously, users could only experience the responsiveness benefits of Intel® Optane™ memory with a boot, or primary, drive (the drive where the OS is installed). With a growing number of dual drive (SSD+HDD) configurations in the desktop market, Intel saw the opportunity to offer an additional benefit to users by developing a new feature, with Intel® Optane™ memory, that can increase performance and responsiveness for content stored on a secondary, SATA-based data drive. That is why we added “data drive acceleration” to the latest release of the Intel® Rapid Storage Driver (Intel® RST, version 16.0.2). Users with dual-drive configurations can now experience the performance and responsiveness benefits of Intel® Optane™ memory on their secondary, SATA-based data drive.
Data drive acceleration benefits users by eliminating their current pain point of unresponsive content stored on their secondary, SATA-based data drive. This new feature gives users the responsiveness benefits of Intel® Optane™ memory, by accelerating their frequently used games, files, and applications stored on their painfully slow secondary SATA-based data drive. This is especially attractive to high-end gamers & content creators who demand large local storage capacity for their vast content libraries. These users can now expect to see new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5+, i7+ platforms on the shelf with data drive acceleration configured out of the box starting 2H 2018.
For high-end users who want the most responsive system possible, one with an Intel® Optane™ SSD 800P boot drive and Intel ®Optane™ memory for data drive acceleration is a fantastic solution. This solution offers the user the performance of Intel® Optane™ technology across all drives in their system while maintaining a large local storage capacity demanded by today’s games and applications. Intel® Optane™ memory offers users an incredibly responsive experience, from gameplay to content creation to office tasks. With breakthrough performance at low queue depth (where most client workloads happen) and consistent responsiveness, delivering high performance under load, over time even as the drive fills, the 800P is an ideal boot drive.