32GB Intel Optane Memory Module

32GB Optane

Optane memory module (32GB Optane) came in small capacities (16GB and 32GB) with a high price tag. The low-capacity memory module has excellent performance with exceptional read/write speed and endurance. But do we still need a high price memory module when we can have a lightning-fast PCIe 4.0 SSD (Solid State Drive) at a lower price and with higher storage capacity? 32GB Optane was good in the past, but not now.

Intel has discontinued Optane only 16GB and 32GB memory modules. Intel has a new H20 flash drive to replace Optane only SSDs. 

If you are planning to install a new module, please read the article. You might save some money.

What Are The System Requirements To Install 32GB Optane?

  • Windows® 10 64-bit operating system
  • Intel Core processor 7th Generation or higher
  • Intel 200 Series chipset (or newer)

If you are replacing a faulty memory module, it doesn’t apply to you.

What are the benefits?

  • Fast Power-on, start-up, or boot-up
  • Application launch time reduced
  • Improved File Search
  • Performance enhancement during file transfer and save.
  • Game level loading time reduced. When an application must load large amounts of data from the storage device

Do we have a cheaper alternative?

Yes, you can have all the benefits listed above if you install an SSD (Solid State Drive) as a boot drive. SSD drives are cheaper than Optane, have higher capacities, and cost less. If you have an older PC or Laptop, you can still get all the performance enhancement with an SSD as a boot drive. Replace your HDD (Hard Disk Drive) with a newer SSD (solid-state drive).

Why Does 32GB Optane Memory Make Computing Faster?

All your work, like data, programs, or games, is stored in storage devices like SSD (Solid State Drive) or HDD (Hard Disk Drive). When you turn on a computer, launch an application, or are playing a game, the computer processor (CPU) will read data from the storage device and store it in RAM (computer memory) to process. Storage devices like HDD are slower and have high latency, which leads to a lack of performance.

Optane uses adaptive technology to learn all the frequently performed tasks, like Boot up, frequently-used applications, file search and transfer, program launch, and many more. 32GB Optane is non-volatile memory and remembers the tasks when the computer is off.

You might have noticed that it takes a while when you launch an application after restarting a PC. But when the application or program is loaded into the memory and running, it works faster. Similarly, if you turn off the computer, the entire read & execute cycle must start from the beginning. The computer will read the data from the storage device into the memory and process it as per the program instructions. In the case of multi-tasking, or if too many applications are running simultaneously, the computer might store some data back into the slower storage device and then read it when and as required. You must wait until the data or application has loaded into the memory.

Computer RAM or DRAM is volatile, which means that all the data in the RAM will be lost when power is off. As an SSD, Intel Optane memory is non-volatile and remembers your data even if the computer is off.

32GB Optane vs. A Solid-State Drive (SSD)

If you operate with a lightning-fast SSD (Solid State Drive) in the PC, you will not notice any speed enhancement with 32GB Optane. Some improvements are there due to adaptive learning technology, but the price of Intel Optane is higher.

32GB Optane vs. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

Optane can give a new life to an HDD-based older computer. You can install Optane into a compatible desktop or laptop. Installing a higher-capacity SSD is cheaper. SSD has many benefits (if not all) offered by an Optane memory.


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