Last week, Intel launched the Intel Optane SSD series memory technology for servers. They offer blazing fast storage or caching tier for servers in the datacenters. Ever since that announcement was made, I was wondering why Intel is not bringing this technology to desktop PCs which general consumers can buy. Intel today cleared my doubts by announcing Intel Optane memory for desktop PCs. Intel Optane memory will deliver significantly more performance and faster load times across a broad range of experiences. Intel claims that Intel Optane memory and a 7th Gen Intel Core processor-based PC will see overall system performance up to 28 percent faster with storage performance up to 14x faster.
Also, due to the fast storage, applications like Microsoft Outlook will launch up to nearly 6x faster, the Chrome browser launches up to 5x faster, games launch up to 67 percent faster, and levels load up to 65 percent faster.
Intel Optane memory module 16GB and 32GB for desktops will be available from April 24 for customers. To use Intel Optane memory, you need to have one of the 130 Intel Optane memory ready motherboards available from manufacturers including Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock and others. Also, PC OEMs like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer and others will begin shipping both consumer and commercial products equipped with Intel Optane memory from second quarter this year.