Since past four years, Intel and Micron Technology have been working on a new kind of memory technology. The 3D XPoint (3D cross-point) is a new technology which is significantly faster than the current generation 3D NAND based SSDs. “The Bit storage is based on a change of bulk resistance, in conjunction with a stackable cross-gridded data access array.” It is expected to cost less than the dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) but more than the flash memory.
Intel has finally started shipping the early production models of the Optane SSD DC P4800X to some enterprises. Following are some key features of its first product,
- Capacity: 375GB
- Form Factor: Add-In Card, Half-Height, Half-Length
- Interface: NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x4
- Endurance: 30 DWPD – 12.3 Petabytes Written
- Check out more details here.
Some tech publications including AnandTech and Tom’s Hardware got the chance to test these early models. For some reasons Intel offered them to access these modules remotely via Intel’s own servers instead of allowing them to put it inside their own test rigs.
As expected the results were in the favor of 3D XPoint technology, the memory card shined in the very test. The 375GB Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X is currently priced at $1520. It is clearly meant for the enterprise level clients, consumers probably have to wait a few more years to get their hands on these new super-fast SSDs.
Stay tuned for the updates.
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