Intel® Optane™ Memory: Before You Buy, Key Requirements

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11/26/2018

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 specific details.
  • Intel® 200 Series Chipset (or newer).
  • Intel Optane memory ready UEFI BIOS. Legacy BIOS mode isn't supported3
    • 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 accelerated.1:
    • SATA-based primary/system boot drive or secondary/data drive.2
    • GPT Partition table is required for SATA disk to be accelerated. (Drives setup with MBR partition tables aren't supported for acceleration.)
    • 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.
SATA-based data/secondary drive acceleration is supported on select Processor/Chipsets and Intel® RST drivers, see complete information.
If the operating system was installed with the Boot mode set to Legacy, it is recommended to backup all data, change the Boot mode to UEFI and reinstall the OS before proceeding

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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