Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage review: Page 4 of 6

Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, April 22, 2019 - 11:00am

System Configuration & Software

System: HP Spectre X360 2-in-1 Laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U

RAM: 16 GB 2400 MHz Dual-Channel system memory

GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated graphics.

SSDs: Intel Optane H10 32+512GB, Intel 760p 512GB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64

 

One thing to note here is the H10 device is an M.2 2280 M-key PCIe 3.0 x4 device physically, but electrically it is two PCIe 3.0 x2 devices that share the x4 link provided over the M.2 Slot. Your target system must support PCIe bifurcation on the M.2 slot to split to two separate PCIe x2 links. As the H10 drive is only planned to be sold to OEM’s, your system should already be configured correctly to handle this. Just keep it in mind if you plan to try to run the H10 drive in another system that you may find only the larger NAND storage device exposed to the host system since it is the primary device.

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage

You can use Intel’s Rapid Storage Technology utility, or the dedicated Optane Memory Technology utility to configure and enable Optane. We’ll be using Intel’s RST tool as seen here to enable and disable Optane memory acceleration as needed for testing.

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage

Once an Optane Memory volume is created, you’ll see it on the right side in blue, with each of the two independent devices, the faster Optane half of the module and the larger NAND half of the H10 module.

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage

Our previous experience with Intel’s Optane Memory Technology has shown us that Intel’s caching algorithm is quite adept and keeping everything needed at your fingertips. If you have certain files or programs you’d like to guarantee land in the Optane cache, you can ‘pin’ them here.

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage

Given the mobile platform target audience, every bit of power savings can mean the difference between getting through a meeting or running for a charger. You can disable PCIe link power management here for that last sliver of performance If needed.

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage

You can change a few settings here, but most are for RAID setups under RST won't really apply to Optane Memory.

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