Intel has introduced its new hybrid Optane Reminiscence H10 SSD, which affords each Intel Optane Reminiscence in addition to QLC Flash storage on a single M.2 module. The unit is designed particularly for laptops with solely a single M.2 slot, which haven’t been in a position to make the most of a discrete Intel Optane Reminiscence module prior to now. In response to Intel, this has been developed in response to demand from laptop computer producers. Similar to every other mixture of an Optane Reminiscence module and storage gadget, the consumer of a PC will see solely a single digital storage quantity, which is managed by the Intel Fast Storage Know-how driver.
Whereas the QLC flash will function the first cupboard space, the smaller Optane Reminiscence chip will enable for accelerated reads and writes. Intel’s software program prioritises working system information and learns what else a consumer accesses continuously, and caches as a lot as attainable on the Optane Reminiscence media. You possibly can learn all about what makes QLC Flash fascinating in our evaluate of the Samsung SSD 860 QVO.
The Optane Reminiscence H10 SSD will not be but able to ship, and Intel has not disclosed any efficiency figures. The corporate is asking this a expertise announcement on the sidelines of CES 2019, not a product announcement. It’s anticipated to launch in laptops from a number of main manufacturers by the second quarter of this 12 months, and plans for retail availability should not but determined.
Three totally different capability choices might be out there: 16GB + 256GB, 32GB + 512GB, and 32GB + 1TB, with the smaller figures referring to Optane Reminiscence and the bigger ones referring to QLC Flash. Intel says the QLC getting used is identical as what’s within the beforehand introduced Intel SSD 660p. This shouldn’t be confused with Intel’s Optane SSD drives, which use Intel’s super-fast Optane media for storage.
Though the 2 bodily elements and their respective controllers and circuitry reside on the identical M.2 module, they don’t work together immediately. Every one has entry to 2 PCIe lanes, which might have some influence on common efficiency. It stays to be seen how the Optane Reminiscence H10 SSD stacks up towards an ordinary SSD when it comes to price and efficiency.
Laptop computer producers will be capable of declare improved responsiveness in addition to faster boots and resumes from standby, now with their skinny and light-weight fashions. Using QLC flash specifically is more likely to scale back general price whereas permitting for as much as 1TB of capability on an ordinary single-sided M.2 2280 module.
Intel additionally made numerous large bulletins at its CES 2019 press convention, together with the upcoming ‘Ice Lake’ 10nm CPU collection, a brand new ‘Lakefield’ hybrid CPU with heterogenous cores, and the Challenge Athena programme for a brand new technology of related laptops.
Disclosure: Intel sponsored the correspondent’s flights and resort for the journey to CES, Las Vegas.
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