Nearly exactly two years ago, Intel announced the first commercial Optane memory M.2 cards that provide excellent random read/write performance, and can greatly boost boot times and app loading times.
That means you need to insert an extra card in your system, and for compact laptops, or mini PCs the extra socket is simply not there due to lack of space. To solve this issue, Intel has just announced Optane Memory H10 M.2 card that combines Optane Memory high IOPS with the lower cost and higher capacity associated with QLC NAND flash since it combines both technologies into a single card.
In the press release, Intel explains 8th Generation Intel Core U-series mobile platforms featuring Intel Optane memory H10 will become available through OEMs this quarter, and provide the following benefits:everyday users will be able to:
- Launch documents up to 2 times faster while multitasking.
- Launch games 60% faster while multitasking.
- Open media files up to 90% faster while multitasking.
The Intel Optane memory H10 M.2 card with solid-state storage will come in the following capacities:
- 16GB (Intel Optane memory) + 256GB flash storage
- 32GB (Intel Optane memory) + 512GB flash storage
- 32GB (Intel Optane memory) + 1TB flash storage.
All card will come in M.2 2280 form factor with a PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 interfaces.
Some of the tech specs for the 32GB+1TB model include:
- Sequential Read – Up to 2400 MB/s
- Sequential Write – Up to 1800 MB/s
- Random Read (8GB Span) – Up to 330,000 IOPS
- Random Write (8GB Span) – Up to 250000 IOPS
- Latency – Read: 7 µs; Write: 18 µs
- Power – Active: 5.8W; idle: <13mW
Beside being sold as par of complete system by Dell, HP, ASUS, Acer and others, the H10 card will also be sold separately though Best Buy and Costco. Pricing has yet to be revealed. Visit the product page for more information and technical details.