Tuesday February 21, 2017

Intel Spills the Beans on Optane: Kaby Lake Processor Required

Intel has launched a microsite detailing their Optane technology, which clearly states that their new memory will require a 7th Gen Intel Core processor. Some will find it interesting that back in 2015, a Skylake system was used to show the technology offآ—but now, with 3D XPoint close to release, it seems that only the latest and greatest chips will be supported.

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آ…Skylake support appears to have been dropped. According to a freshly launched microsite detailing the company's plans for the 3D XPoint technology, Optane will require a seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor at minimum. Additionally, anyone looking to add Optane into their system will need an Intel 200-series chipset motherboard with an M.2 type 2280-S1-B-M or 2242-S1-B-M storage connector linked to a PCH Remapped PCI-E controller with two or four lanes and B-M keys meeting Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) v1.1 standards. Said motherboard will also need to have a BIOS supporting Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver version 15.5 or above.