It has been a year since we announced the launch of Intel’s Optane memory, and since its release, the 3D XPoint memory has dramatically improved the way in which we work – breakthrough responsiveness, reliability and uncompromised capacity have helped users work and play even faster.
But, there’s still some confusion around Optane™ and whether organisations really need it. So, we’ve put together the 3 signs you should invest in Intel’s Optane™ memory to help you decide if you should look to invest in this relatively new technology from Intel®.
What is Optane™ memory?
Optane™ is a technology from Intel®, which acts as a system accelerator that adjusts your computing tasks, making everything you do on your desktop PCs and laptops run a lot faster, smoother and with a lot less lag. It’s a unique combination of 3D XPoint memory media with Intel’s advanced system memory controller, interface hardware and software IP.
This is Intel’s answer to those who want expensive, SSD-style speedy and snappy responsiveness in devices that are equipped with slower and more inexpensive HDDs:
With faster boot times and high-speed acceleration without compromising system storage capacity, it’s easy to see why implementing Optane™ memory into the workplace would be a welcome addition. But what are the signs you should be investing in Optane?
You’re looking to cut costs on your IT investments
Although Optane™ memory is available for the everyday user, it’s business users who will reap the greatest benefits from Optane™, whether you’re an SMB, enterprise or a public-sector institution such as a university or council, Optane™ can save your establishment valuable money on your IT investments.
As explained in ‘What is Optane™ memory?’, Optane™ is capable of making HDD systems run considerably smoother and faster, with increased boot times and quicker game level loads being a few of the benefits Optane™ brings.
To achieve a similar performance without using Optane™ memory, users would need to invest in an SSD, which are notably more expensive than HDDs. Investing in Optane™ memory allows HDDs to compete with some of the fastest SSDs out there without having to break the bank, which could be a huge advantage to organisations, especially public-sector institutions that are working with tight budgets.
It’s worth noting that only 7th Gen Kaby Lake and the new 8th Gen processors support Optane™, along with a Windows 10 64-bit OS, so if you’re using a device with 6th Gen Skylake or older and aren’t willing to upgrade, this isn’t for you.
You’re looking for a more productive workplace
This links nicely with the previous point. Organisations that don’t have the financial resources handy to invest in a super speed SSD are now equipped with a more purse friendly HDD that is able to compete with the more expensive SSDs thanks to Optane™ memory, and a more responsive desktop or laptop now means work can be completed much quicker.
The frustration of waiting for large files in your Outlook or games to load is all too familiar for some, and the main reason for this is down to data. Windows 10 alone requires up to 20GB disk space, along with images and videos, including 4k, it’s easy to see how storage can multiply very quickly making everything feel a lot less responsive over time.
That’s where Optane memory comes in, it increases the speed of applications and large files, so you don’t have to wait as long. Everything launches faster – web browsers, email, presentations and any other application you need for office work. Computers that combine a powerful 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor with Intel Optane™ memory delivers considerable responsiveness to multitaskers who use many applications simultaneously, as the technology helps users locate files and move more swiftly from open browser tabs and to various windows.
Less loading and more gaming
For those where gaming is a part of everyday life, such as a university, are going to need the most responsive systems possible, not only to enjoy the experience of the game, but also for the rendering of the complex graphics that a high-quality game consists of and not forgetting the need for hard drives that can store all of this.
That’s where gaming students on a budget can benefit from this, PCs with Optane™ memory have a system with high-capacity HDDs whilst still offering many of the accelerated performance features in which an SSD can offer.
What’s more, Optane’s memory is non-volatile, so all your game-play data that’s stored in the Optane™ module won’t disappear when the power is shut off.
There are many advantages that come from investing in Optane™ memory, from amazing speed which means your files load almost instantly and saving large files is no longer a waiting game, to a more immersive and responsive gaming experience, but there are also many factors to take into consideration, such as the type of processor you have and are you willing to upgrade to accommodate Optane™.
However, it’s clear to see that Intel’s Optane™ memory is here to stay, and if any of our ‘3 signs’ are relevant to your workplace, Optane™ is definitely worth some consideration.