The Intel Optane Memory Module Review


Partial and Full Drive Performance

While it is important to know how a drive will perform under optimal conditions, more realistic scenarios are just as important. Knowing if a solid state drive will behave differently when partially or even nearly full than when it is empty is very important information to know. To quickly and accurately show this crucial information we have first filled the drive to 50% capacity and re-tested using both synthetic and real world tests. After the completion of this we then re-test at 75% and 90% of full capacity.

Synthetic Test Results

For our synthetic testing we have opted for our standard PCMark 7 test.

Real World Results

For a real world application we have opted for a modified version of our standard Windows 10 Start Up test. Unlike our standard Windows 10 image this image is based on a working system that has been upgraded numerous times and represents an even more realistic real world test.

This is where Optane Memory does shine when compared to more classical Solid State Drives. As you can see its performance doesn’t degrade in any way, shape or form even as the module reaches its full capacity. It only cares about the important data. Thus nearly full or nearly empty the performance will be the same. This something that has to be factored in before making any final decision as this does make the Optane Memory much more novice-friendly than it appears to be on first blush.

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