Wednesday January 09, 2019

Intel Announces a Hybrid Optane M.2 SSD

While products with Intel's 3D Xpoint memory tend to be insanely fast storage devices, Optane SSDs are pretty pricey when compared to their flash counterparts. 900P drives are still going for about $1/GB online, while the smaller cache drives have even worse price/storage ratios. But at CES this year, Intel unveiled the "Optane Memory H10" SSD that combines 3D Xpoint with QLC NAND. Theoretically, that means buyers could get the best of the Optane and flash storage worlds, as Intel's QLC SSDs are some of the cheapest NVMe SSDs on the market, while even a small Optane cache would help offset some of their issues with write speeds and durability. However, Intel hasn't announced pricing or availability dates for the drives yet.

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Add responsiveness and capacity to your computer with the intelligent combination of Intel Optane memory and Intel QLC 3D NAND Storage in one M.2 form factor.

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