Earlier this month, Intel announced their new data center-focused SSD, the Intel Optane DC P4800X, but they won’t just be supplying these to businesses, their will also be consumer options available and the first of those will be their new Optane cache SSDs, which will use Intel’s 3D Xpoint memory to improve the performance of slower local storage, such as a hard drive or NAND SSD.
Intel claims that these new SSDs could halve booting times, improve overall system performance by up to 28 percent, and lower game level load times by up to 65 percent.
It does this by caching important files that are needed for loading on its local storage of either 16GB or 32GB.
It is really aimed towards those people who still use the classic and very slow hard drives for extra cheap storage, however, because it is capable of moving the most frequently accessed data in and out of the user-space and storage, it might be decent even for those with SSD storage already.
In terms of specs, the Optane cache SSDs are single-sided M.2-2280 drives with a PCI-Express 3.0 x2 host interface, along with the NVMe protocol for 1,200MB/s reads, with up to 280 MB/s writes.
It also has 4K random access performance of up to 300,000 IOPS reads, with up to 70,000 IOPS writes.
Both versions of the new cache SSDs will be available to pick up from April 24th.
The 16GB module will be available for $44 in the US and the 32GB module will be available for $77 in the US, which is pretty accessible.