How to Choose Between M.2 SSD vs Optane Memory for Your Laptop


In April this year, Intel unleashed the powerful Optane Memory, and this product is already half a year in the market. While many users have tested the magnificent experience brought by this product, many customers still do not really know exactly what Intel Optane Memory is. Thus, we have put together this article to look into this product in detail.

Intel Optane Memory

What is Intel Optane Memory

Intel Optane Memory is a smart and adaptable system accelerator for PCs with a 7th Gen Intel Core processor and a hard disk drive. It provides a seamless system response for large capacity storage drives, making everything you do fast, smooth and seamless. With Intel Optane Memory, users can accelerate computing habits into productivity advantages. Web browsers can be launched 5x faster, emails can be opened up to 5.8x faster, and huge files can be opened up to 3.8x faster. With this product, everything is faster and seamless. Nothing hurts more than waiting for a file to open up or for a system to boot while you are running against time or your battery is failing. This is exactly where Intel Optane Memory got your back.

What are its features?

In simple terms, this memory is based on 3D Xpoint storage media, Intel Memory and Storage Controllers, Intel Interconnect IP and Intel® software. Together these building blocks deliver a revolutionary leap forward in decreasing latency and accelerating systems for workloads demanding large capacity and fast storage. It ultimately helps to increase the speed of the hard disk cache device. Optane is the brand name and 3D Xpoint is the storage medium for this storage device and it has the same meaning as our well-known NAND. The Optane memory’s shape is quite similar to the M.2 SSD, and its major role is to accelerate the mechanical hard disk or SATA solid state drive. It accelerates applications for fast caching and storage, reduces transactions costs for latency-sensitive workloads and increases scale per server. Intel Optane Memory technology allows data centers to deploy bigger and more affordable datasets to gain new insights from large memory pools.

Intel Optane Memory

Role of Optane Memory

When we install Optane memory, the system will read and write in Optane memory. Compared to a simple mechanical, the system will experience a significant performance increase and this will conspicuously reflect in its boot speed, software loading speed, large files and game reading speed. The use of Optane memory significantly upgrades the inefficient high-capacity mechanical hard drive to a mainstream SSD performance.

Why use a faster memory

So many people may question the need for a faster memory considering the fact that the mainstream SSD is quite fast itself. Someone even said that why not just get a small-capacity SSD + large-capacity mechanical hard drive?. The answer is simple. Most of the hard drives that we have today are not very large so looking for a large-capacity mechanical hard drive is obviously a lost course. Currently, most mainstream systems use a 128GB SSD + 1TB mechanical hard drive combination. For such systems, giving up the 128GB SSD for the Optane memory is not necessary, but if you have a mechanical hard drive with a capacity of 3T or more, the benefits of installing Optane memory will be great.

Intel Optane Memory

M.2 SSD and Optane Memory Comparison

Here, we compared the boot speed between SATA SSD and Optane memory. From the plot below, we can see that a combination of Optane memory and SATA SSD will produce a significantly higher boot speed than the mechanical hard drive.



Intel Optane memory provides an unparalleled combination of high throughput, low latency, high quality of service, and high endurance. This product adds workstation-class performance and top-notch endurance to system computing. Optane memory technology sets a high precedent for desktops and workstation thereby giving professionals, and enthusiasts a seamless operation. Intel Optane memory boot speed is just a tip of the iceberg and with the continuous development of this technology, more of this type of product will become available and will perhaps replace the conventional memory and hard drive so that the overall performance of the hardware will be optimized.


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