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Intel Optane Memory

Want to get your hard drive faster?

When you pay much attention to the new and greatest technologies and how efficiency seems to be changing on a regular basis then you know how hard it can be to keep up. Smartphones are known to make you feel like you’re left in the dust, because every week there seems to be a new one out that makes the last one look like a dinosaur.

Our computers have made progress at a slower pace but there are still some recent developments which have made them faster than ever before. SSD (solid state) hard drives have been out for some time now, but they’re a little more expensive than the spinning SATA drives we’ve been using for years, particularly when it comes to models with higher capacity. You’ll see SSD drives provided as the Windows\system drive lately with new computers and then you’ll have a bigger SATA drive for storage.?

There is now a new technology from Intel that is being used with computers called Optane memory that serves as a faster cache style memory for data and is used to store commonly used data while holding less frequently used data stored on your hard drive. SSD and SATA drives can use optane memory.

Optane memory uses what’s called the Least Recently Used (LRU) method to determine where to store the data. All data starts on your hard drive, of course, so when you use your computer you will be able to decide which data is used more often and then start building your cache for that data. This cache will grow larger when you use your computer, and it will store more data that can be accessed using this quicker process. Access speeds increase with computers allowed by Optane memory as you use your computer, and caching data.

The amount of data that can be stored in this Optane memory varies according to the memory capacity itself. Popular sizes are 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB which releases larger sizes. The bigger the size, of course, the more data it can carry and the better overall performance you’ll get. When newer, more widely used data is accessed, older, less widely used data would be deleted from memory so the greater the Optane memory power you have.

You’ll need a motherboard with an Intel-based chipset with an M.2 expansion slot and an Intel processor (7th generation or higher) to use Optane memory and there are only certain versions that will work. It means you’d like to add the power to your current device.

We may expect that Intel will support more motherboards and processors, as this technology becomes more popular. There are plenty of new systems that come with already configured Optane memory. You will also need to run version 1803 of Windows 10 or later which you should be in now.

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