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‘Optane’, the New Super Fast Chip from Intel

siliconreview ‘Optane’, the New Super Fast Chip from Intel

The world’s largest chipmaker has launched Optane modules designed to boost the performance of your desktop PC. This claims to remove the discomfort of slow speed.

According to Intel, this is an entirely new type of computer memory. It’s based on the 3D Xpoint memory architecture the company announced back in July 2015. It’s as fast as the DRAM memory found in every computer used today, but as stable as the NAND memory found in the SSDs central to most of your pricier laptops.

Compared to a PC with a conventional spinning hard drive, Intel claims a 28 percent overall performance boost, with storage up to 14 times faster. Common apps like the Chrome or Outlook should load five to six times faster and that games can start up to 67 percent faster, and load levels up to 65 percent faster.

Intel Optane memory works like a supercharger for a computer’s storage system. It doesn’t replace any components already in a computer; instead it’s an add-on, clipped into the motherboard. In a computer’s processes it sits between the hard drive and the processor—remembering regularly accessed data, like RAM might, but retaining that information even when a program is closed or the computer is turned off. 

The chip giant is expected to release Optane modules on April 24th, and it is priced at $44 for the 16GB module and $77 for its 32GB counterpart. Optane-equipped systems from PC makers like ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo will arrive throughout the second quarter of the year.