Intel’s Optane SSDs – which utilize 3D Xpoint tech and promise to be screamingly fast – will be with us before the year is out.
Yes, Optane drives will ship before the end of 2016 according to comments made by Brian Krzanich, chief executive of Intel. Indeed, as PC World reports, some of the SSDs have already been sent out to testers (mainly major cloud players).
All this is in line with the schedule Intel set out last autumn, when it said that the SSDs would be available to enthusiast PC owners at some point during 2016.
3D Xpoint technology is expected to deliver super-speedy drives and also system memory, although the latter in particular will be aimed more at servers and data centers.
The Optane SSDs, however, are not just for servers and are also aimed at enthusiast PC owners and gamers – albeit those with fat wallets who can afford a drive, as the early models will doubtless be pretty damn expensive.
Krzanich even talked gaming briefly, noting that the drives could revolutionize level loading times: “You can pre-load in a cache-like environment the next level of your game so it loads almost instantly.”
3D Xpoint has previously been billed as the biggest memory breakthrough since NAND flash was introduced, and indeed Intel has said it’s 1000 times faster than NAND, and it took over a decade of research to develop.
It boasts a transistor-less crosspoint (Xpoint) architecture which is somewhat akin to a three-dimensional chessboard, and this means that data can be read and written in small sizes at far faster speeds.
I have been wanting to write this review for some time as I’ve been nothing but grateful for the work Andy, Martin and all the team completed for me. I was in a real pickle when a (seemingly innocuous) spillage on my laptop threatened to destroy several month’s music production work, vital to my career.
Andy’s calm and reassuring manner, coupled with the timely and professional operation carried out by R3 meant that nearly all my data was retrievable (to within an hour or so of the spillage). The team kept me apprised all the way through the process; collected and returned the hard disk to me with a minimum of fuss and suggested alternative means of backing up (I backup on a daily basis now to external hard drives and the cloud!!)
A 10/10 service, I’ll definitely be recommending R3 to any colleagues similarly finding themselves up a certain creek without a certain paddle!!
R3 Data Recovery is rated (4.6) by 294 customer reviews on Reviews.co.uk
If your hard drive happens to fail, contact our team of experts. Our skilled professionals will be able to reliably recover data on your hard drive and provide industry-leading turnaround times which give you the confidence that's necessary to develop a solid, effective recovery plan.
Call us today at 0800 999 3282 or fill out our FREE, no-obligation diagnostics form for immediate help!