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Overview and Requirements for Intel® Optane™ Memory


Last Reviewed: 20-Aug-2018
Article ID: 000023994

Intel® Optane™ memory is a system acceleration solution for 7th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor-based platforms or later. Based on 3D XPoint™ Memory Media and the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) driver, Intel Optane memory can store commonly used data and programs closer to the processor. The system can access information more quickly with improved overall system responsiveness.

A high-capacity storage device coupled with Intel Optane memory offers the best of both worlds: high-speed acceleration, and large storage capacity.

Note
  • For specific laptop compatibility, work with your laptop vendor.
  • We haven't tested every available configuration.
  • Inclusion on the hardware list isn't an endorsement by Intel.
  • Some motherboards may require a BIOS update for Intel Optane memory support.

 
What is system acceleration?

  • System acceleration refers to the effect that Intel Optane memory has on a computer. It enables faster task completion and reduces the wait time compared to a computer without Intel Optane memory.
  • Responsiveness refers to how quickly the PC completes end user requests compared to the same PC without Intel Optane memory, such as:
    • Start or boot
    • Search and find files
    • Save and move large files
    • Launch applications
    • Game level loading

What are the available capacities of Intel Optane memory?

What are the base requirements to run Intel Optane memory?

  • 7th Generation (or newer) Intel® Core™ Processor. See here for specific details
  • Intel® 200 Series Chipset (or newer).
  • Intel Optane memory ready UEFI BIOS. Legacy BIOS mode isn't supported
    • Intel® BIOS SATA controller mode set to "Intel® RST...."
    • Remapping enabled on the PCIe slot connecting the Intel® Optane™ memory module. (see the motherboard vendors user manual for more information)
  • Windows® 10 x64.
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15.5 or newer driver
    • Note: Some features/capabilities are only supported on later drivers, so it's recommended to always use the latest supported on your platform
  • Drive to be accelerated1:
    • SATA-based boot drive
      • SATA-based data/secondary drive acceleration is supported on select Processor/Chipsets and Intel® RST drivers, see complete information here
    • GPT Partition table
    • 5MB available at the end of disk

1 Intel Optane memory can only accelerate SATA-based drives (SSD, SSHD, HDD). You can use it with 2.5", 3.5", or M.2 form factor drives as long as they're connected with chipset lanes.
 

Where can I buy Intel Optane memory ready motherboards?

Contact the motherboard vendors listed for Intel Optane memory ready motherboards.

How do I install Intel Optane Memory?

Follow the instructions in the Intel® Optane™ Memory Installation and User Guide, or watch the videos.

 
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