Saturday April 16, 2016

Intel Demos 3D XPoint Optane File Copy At 2 GB/s

Here’s Intel showing off their "crazy fast" memory, although the author of this article thinks the demonstration is suspect in some ways.

It is great to see XPoint / Optane technology being demonstrated again, but as far as demos go, this was not the best / fairest example that Intel could have put together. First of all, the 'NAND SSD' they are using is a Thunderbolt 3 connected external, which was clearly bottlenecked badly somewhere else in the chain (when was the last time you saw a 6 Gbit SATA SSD limited to only 283 MB/s). Also, using SATA for the NAND example while using PCIe x4 NVMe for the Optane example seems a bit extreme to me.