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What do you think of 16GB M.2 PCIe Optane Memory?

8,358 11,431 June 11, 2018 at 07:13 AM
There are two systems I'm interested in. One has:

16GB M.2 PCIe Optane Memory
1TB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
32GB Quad Channel DDR4 at 2666MHz (4x8GB)



and one has:


1TB PCIe M.2 NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
16GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2666MHz (2X8GB)

Thoughts, opinions on boot times etc.

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I personally wouldn't bother with Optane, period. If I bought that first system, I'd swap out the Optane stick for a 256GB NVMe boot drive. It's not that Optane is junk, it's actually pretty good as far as caching systems go, I just don't think it's better than either one big SSD or a boot SSD plus data drive.

From a value perspective, a 1TB NVMe drive costs about $150 more than a 16GB Optane drive, 1TB HD and extra 16GB DDR4 so my ultimate decision would probably come down to price.
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How is the system going to be used? Is this a desktop? If so it's easy to add additional storage in most.
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I personally wouldn't bother with Optane, period. If I bought that first system, I'd swap out the Optane stick for a 256GB NVMe boot drive. It's not that Optane is junk, it's actually pretty good as far as caching systems go, I just don't think it's better than either one big SSD or a boot SSD plus data drive.

From a value perspective, a 1TB NVMe drive costs about $150 more than a 16GB Optane drive, 1TB HD and extra 16GB DDR4 so my ultimate decision would probably come down to price.

Thank you!! The price difference is $180 more for the Optane system, BUT in addition to the 16GB more of DDR4 the Optane system also has an 8th gen i7 vs a 8th gen i5 for the 1TB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5.

As a result, I ordered the Optane and will try it out. Then worse case, I'll do as you said and stick a 256GB NVMe drive in there.
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How is the system going to be used? Is this a desktop? If so it's easy to add additional storage in most.
Yes. Desktop. Nothing too fancy being done with it.
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Thank you!! The price difference is $180 more for the Optane system, BUT in addition to the 16GB more of DDR4 the Optane system also has an 8th gen i7 vs a 8th gen i5 for the 1TB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5.

As a result, I ordered the Optane and will try it out. Then worse case, I'll do as you said and stick a 256GB NVMe drive in there.
The Optane is a neat little accelerator board, but do keep in mind that they're like $30. Buy the PC you want (huge difference in gaming performance between the two), and add an Optane accelerator if you feel the urge.

I'd rather have the 1TB PCIe SSD personally, rather than the Optane plus a SATA magnetic drive. The RAM is irrelevant (nobody uses more than 16GB unless you have very specific high-memory uses). The GPU is really the game changer, though.
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The Optane is a neat little accelerator board, but do keep in mind that they're like $30. Buy the PC you want (huge difference in gaming performance between the two), and add an Optane accelerator if you feel the urge.

I'd rather have the 1TB PCIe SSD personally, rather than the Optane plus a SATA magnetic drive. The RAM is irrelevant (nobody uses more than 16GB unless you have very specific high-memory uses). The GPU is really the game changer, though.
Thanks!!

I went with the Optane system because:

1) I have no need for a 1TB SSD
2) I can get a 256GB or 480GB SSD for less than $100, but most importantly
3) the i7 processor, 32GB RAM (overkill I know) and GTX 1060 vs. i5, 16GB RAM and GTX 1050Ti is more than worth the $180 price difference.
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For anyone considering it, Optane memory didn't appear to do much at all and after my system did a couple random reboots I was missing my SSD. Luckily, I was able to return the Optane system and got a system with a 256GB SSD, 2TB data drive and a GTX 1070 Faint for $130 less than the Optane system. Cool So in the long run, it all worked out for me in the end.
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