3D XPoint

If you don’t have a hand in a server day in and day out, it was perhaps not obvious why some Skylake servers when launched had eight memory slots. The Skylake-SP based Xeon platform only had six memory channels, so each socket should have had six or twelve memory slots, but for some reason we saw systems with eight and didn’t know why at the time. Perhaps even more confusingly, none of the product managers I speak to on a regular basis could give me a straight answer as to why these systems had eight memory slots per socket. The best answer I was given was that previous generation processors were quad-channel, so by having eight DIMMs they could transfer expensive memory across systems. It...

Intel Previews M.2 Optane SSD 905P 380GB

During Intel's keynote at Computex 2018, Intel Client Computing Group manager Gregory Bryant offered a brief preview of the upcoming M.2 version of the Optane SSD 905P high-end NVMe...

5 by Billy Tallis on 6/5/2018

Intel Launches Optane DIMMs Up To 512GB: Apache Pass Is Here!

Intel today announced the availability of their long-awaited Optane DIMMs, bringing 3D XPoint memory onto the DDR4 memory bus. The modules that have been known under the Apache Pass...

72 by Ian Cutress & Billy Tallis on 5/30/2018

Intel Persistent Memory Event: Live Blog

It's a Live Blog! More Optane in bound, looks like Apache Pass.

28 by Ian Cutress on 5/30/2018

Intel Optane SSD 905P Coming Soon

Intel hasn't officially announced it yet, but a refresh of their flagship consumer SSD is on the way. The Intel Optane SSD 905P will feature slightly improved performance and...

23 by Billy Tallis on 5/1/2018

Intel Previews Optane Enterprise M.2 SSD

At the Open Compute Project Summit this week, Intel previewed their upcoming enterprise Optane SSD in the M.2 form factor, currently planned to be named the Optane SSD DC...

11 by Billy Tallis on 3/21/2018

The Intel Optane SSD 800p (58GB & 118GB) Review: Almost The Right Size

Intel's first Optane products hit the market almost a year ago, putting the much-awaited 3D XPoint memory in the hands of consumers. Today, Intel broadens that family with the...

115 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2018

Intel Previews Optane 800p 58GB And 118GB M.2 SSDs

LAS VEGAS, NV — Intel has previewed an upcoming expansion of their Optane family of storage products featuring 3D XPoint memory. The Optane SSD 800p is essentially a higher...

26 by Billy Tallis on 1/10/2018

Intel And Micron To Discontinue Flash Memory Partnership

LAS VEGAS, NV — The long-running partnership between Intel and Micron for the development and manufacturing of NAND flash memory will soon come to an end. The two companies...

9 by Billy Tallis on 1/8/2018

The Intel Optane SSD 900p 480GB Review: Diving Deeper Into 3D XPoint

Our first look at the Intel Optane SSD 900p only included the smaller 280GB capacity. We now have added the 480GB model to our collection, and have started analyzing...

69 by Billy Tallis on 12/15/2017

Spotted: 960 GB & 1.5 TB Intel Optane SSD 900P

Intel’s Optane SSD 900P featuring 3D XPoint memory have an edge over SSDs based on NAND flash when it comes to performance and promise to excel them in endurance...

16 by Anton Shilov on 12/15/2017

Intel To Launch 3D XPoint DIMMs in 2H 2018

Presenting at the UBS Global Technology Conference today, Navin Shenoy, Intel Executive Vice President and General Manager of their Data Center Group, shared an update on Intel's roadmap for...

61 by Billy Tallis on 11/14/2017

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 750GB Hands-On Review

Intel's rollout of Optane products, based on 3D XPoint memory, continues. Today is the release of the 750GB Optane SSD DC P4800X, a larger capacity version of the model...

61 by Billy Tallis on 11/9/2017

The Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB Review

The Intel Optane SSD 900P brings 3D XPoint memory to a consumer SSD with capacities large enough for general-purpose storage use instead of just caching. The result is a...

205 by Billy Tallis on 10/27/2017

Intel Introduces "Ruler" Server SSD Form-Factor: SFF-TA-1002 Connector, PCIe Gen 5 Ready

Intel on Tuesday introduced its new form-factor for server-class SSDs. The new "ruler" design is based on the in-development Enterprise & Datacenter Storage Form Factor (EDSFF), and is intended...

44 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 8/9/2017

TechInsights Publishes Preliminary Analysis of 3D XPoint Memory

Now that the Intel Optane Memory M.2 SSDs are readily available on the open market, anyone with an electron microscope and the skills to use it can begin to...

22 by Billy Tallis on 5/27/2017

MSI to Bundle Intel Optane Memory 16 GB Cache Drives with Select Motherboards

MSI this week announced plans to bundle Intel Optane Memory 16 GB caching drives with select Intel 200-series chipset motherboards. The company claims that the drives will not increase...

18 by Anton Shilov on 4/28/2017

The Intel Optane Memory (SSD) Preview: 32GB of Kaby Lake Caching

Last week, we took a look at Intel's first product based on their 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology: the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a record-breaking flagship enterprise SSD. Today...

110 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2017

The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X (375GB) Review: Testing 3D XPoint Performance

Intel's new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology, which has been on the cards publically for the last couple of years, is finally hitting the market as the storage medium...

118 by Billy Tallis on 4/20/2017

JEDEC: DDR5 to Double Bandwidth Over DDR4, NVDIMM-P Specification Due Next Year

JEDEC made two important announcements about the future of DRAM and non-volatile DIMMs for servers last week. Development of both is proceeding as planned and JEDEC intends to preview...

38 by Anton Shilov on 4/3/2017

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