Overview and Requirements for Intel® Optane™ Memory

Last Reviewed: 20-Oct-2017
Article ID: 000023994

Intel® Optane™ memory is a system acceleration solution for new 7th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor-based platforms. 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.

  • For specific laptop compatibility, work with your laptop vendor.
  • We have not tested every available configuration.
  • Inclusion on the hardware list is not 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
  • Intel® 200 Series Chipset (or newer)
  • Intel Optane memory ready UEFI BIOS. Legacy BIOS mode is not supported
  • Windows® 10 x64
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15.5 or newer driver1
  • Drive to be accelerated2:
    • SATA-based boot drive3
    • GPT Partition table
    • 5MB available at the end of disk

1 Intel RST 15.5 or newer download must include SetupOptane.exe, which includes the Intel Optane memory software and driver package.
2 Intel Optane memory can only accelerate SATA-based boot 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.
3 Intel Optane memory does not support acceleration of secondary or storage drives.

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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