29 May 2019
Intel announced the new Optane Memory module back in 2017 with an aim to offer better and fast performance. Since then, this memory has evolved much so as to give you some upgraded options to use. Now, at Computex 2019 event, Intel announced a new version of M-series Optane memory. It’s a new Optane Memory M15 SSD that comes with increased capacity and performance coupled with lower power consumption. Call it the updated version of the Optane Memory M10 which apart from just inheriting the features of its predecessor also brings in some new features of its own and better configuration as well. For instance, it has peak sequential R/W of up to 2000/900MB/s, and many other improvements over the M10.
The data pipe from a PCIe 3.0x2 has also been widened to connection x4, thus allowing access to twice the bandwidth.
Like the M10, the M15 comes with a doubled peak capacity of 64GB, and also comes in the same 16GB and 32GB capacities (all in an M.2 80mm form factor). But it doesn’t include the 42mm form factor with 16GB capacity. Other metrics, like the 365TBW endurance rating and a five-year warranty, remain the same.
The pricing and availability details of the Optane Memory M15 haven’t been disclosed yet.
To the uninitiated ones, the Optane Memory helps in delivering speed and responsiveness without compromising system storage capacity. Intel has upgraded this memory over the time with an aim to offer short boot times, fast application launches, and better gaming. Today there are so many laptops available which include Intel’s Optane Memory for faster performance. They are compared to SSDs for the same duty but they are considered a better option over them since SSDs are more expensive. Optane Memory can give a mainstream user the same or even better performance compared to an SSD.