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The Intel Optane Memory Module Review

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Read Bandwidth

For this benchmark, HDTach was used. It shows the potential read speed which you are likely to experience with these hard drives. The long test was run to give a slightly more accurate picture. We don’t put much stock in Burst speed readings and thus we no longer included it. The most important number is the Average Speed number. This number will tell you what to expect from a given drive in normal, day to day operations. The higher the average the faster your entire system will seem.

 

Write Performance

For this benchmark HD Tune Pro was used. To run the write benchmark on a drive, you must first remove all partitions from that drive and then and only then will it allow you to run this test. Unlike some other benchmarking utilities the HD Tune Pro writes across the full area of the drive, thus it easily shows any weakness a drive may have.

A bit of explanation is in order for those who were expecting Optane to produce a massive boost in read and write performance. Basically, this module is only 32GB in size and while it does indeed create ‘blips’ in the performance curve, that all gets lost in the noise when dealing with 1TB of sequential file read and writes. We naturally expect the Real World tests to show significant impact.

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