Intel Optane Memory Now Available – Boosts Speed for Gaming, Web Browsing and More

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On March 27, 2017, Intel introduced the Intel Optane memory module for desktops. Intel Optane memory will be available for desktops beginning April 24. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel® Optane™ memory, announced in March, is available to purchase at a variety of computer component retailers today. With the increased speed and responsiveness of Intel® Optane™ memory in a 7th Generation Intel Core processor-based system, users can do more with their system, without sacrificing the value and capacity of a hard disk drive.

Among the benefits: Intel® Optane™ memory enables web browsers to launch up to 5x faster than a hard disk drive.1,2 Games and levels will load faster too – up to 67 percent faster game launch and up to 65 percent faster level load, keeping users in the game.2 Even everyday tasks, like launching productivity apps including email clients, launch nearly 5.8x faster.2 And, because it is smart and adaptable, Intel® Optane™ memory adjusts to your computing habits with intelligent software that learns your computing behaviors, making everything you do faster, smoother, easier.

Intel® Optane™ memory module is on sale now as an add-in component in 16GB (MSRP $44) and 32GB ($77) capacities. OEM systems with Intel® Optane™ memory installed will be available later in the year. Visit the Intel® Optane™ memory product page to learn more about accelerating your PC.

1 Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/benchmarks.

2 Browser Launch Workload: Workload developed by Intel® measuring the time elapsed to launch Google* Chrome. Game Launch and Level Load Workload: Workload developed by Intel® measuring the time elapsed to launch Bethesda Softworks* Fallout 4 and reach the Main Menu with intro videos disabled (Launch), and the time elapsed from the Main Menu to completion of level loading (Level Load). Email Launch Workload: Workload developed by Intel® measuring the time elapsed to launch Microsoft* Outlook 2016 and load with a 250mb local data file. Configuration: Baseline (HDD): Intel® Core™ i5-7500 Processor, 65W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 3.8GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Storage: Western Digital* 1TB 7200RPM WD1003FZEX, Intel HD Graphics 630, OS: Windows* 10. 16GB Intel® Optane™ Memory: Same configuration, with 16GB Intel® Optane™ Memory Module. Gaming workloads were tested with same configuration, except using a discrete graphics card (NVIDIA* (EVGA) GTX 1080) with and without 16GB Intel® Optane™ Memory Module

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