The Intel Optane Memory Module Review
Windows 10 Start Up w/ Boot Time A/V Scan Performance
When it comes to hard drive performance there is one area that even the most oblivious user notices: how long it takes to load the Operating System. We have chosen Windows 10 64bit Pro as our Operating System with all ‘fast boot’ options disabled in the BIOS. In previous load time tests we would use the Anti-Virus splash screen as our finish line; this however is no longer the case. We have not only added in a secondary Anti-Virus to load on startup, but also an anti-malware program. We have set Super Anti-Spyware to initiate a quick scan on Windows start-up and the completion of the quick scan will be our new finish line.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Load Time
Photoshop is a notoriously slow loading program under the best of circumstances, and while the latest version is actually pretty decent, when you add in a bunch of extra brushes and the such you get a really great torture test which can bring even the best of the best to their knees. Let’s see how our review unit fared in the Adobe crucible!
Thanks in large part to much higher sequential read performance the Optane Memory does indeed post some generally good numbers. So much so that those interested in Optane Memory will have to look towards higher end SSDs find better boot times. Even then it does appear to be a very tight with it coming down to what is most important: boot time or application load time.
- A Closer Look at the Optane Memory Module
- Setup and Installation
- Test Systems and Testing Methodology
- Read Bandwidth / Write Performance
- ATTO Disk Benchmark
- Crystal DiskMark / PCMark 7
- AS-SSD / Anvil Storage Utilities Pro
- Windows 10 / Adobe Photoshop CS6 Load Time
- Firefox Load / Real World Data Transfers
- Partial and Full Drive Performance
- Conclusion: Teaching a New Dog Old Tricks