Intel reveals their sped up M15 series of Optane storage drives

Faster Optane for enhanced system acceleration

Intel reveals their sped up M15 series of Optane storage drives

Intel reveals their sped up M15 series of Optane storage drives  

Intel's Optane system accelerations have received a significant speed upgrade, bringing the device into the realms of PCIe 3.0 x4 performance, differentiating the device from Intel's existing PCIe x2 variants. 

These updated Optane drives make up the M15 series, which will replace Intel's existing M10 series of system accelerators, shipping in the same 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants.  

Intel's Optane M1x series of system accelerators are designed to speed up systems using HDD or SATA-based SSD storage by caching data onto the Optane accelerator's memory, which can be used later to reduce boot times and applications load times. This is why Intel refers to these small Optane M-series drives as system accelerators. 

In terms of both latency and performance, Intel's new M15 series of system accelerations offer across the board improvements, offering players faster read speeds, enhanced write speeds and boosted random performance. With the M15 series, Intel's Optane accelerators have been improved in every tangible way. These changes will allow new Optane enhanced systems to feel more responsive. 

 Intel Optane Memory M10 Intel Optane Memory M15
Form FactorM.2 2280
Capacity16GB, 32GB, 64GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x2PCIe 3.0 x4
Sequential ReadUp to 1450 MB/sUp to 2000MB/s
Sequential WriteUp to 640MB/sUp to 900MB/s
QD4 4K Random Read250K IOPSUp to 450K IOPS
QD4 4K Random Write140K IOPSUp to 220K IOPS
LatencyAverage Read/Write: 6.75/18 µs (TYP)

Average Read/Write: 6.75/12 µs (TYP)

Endurance200GB Writes Per Day
Up to 365 TBW
Supported Platforms7th Gen Intel Core Processor Platform or Newer
Warranty5 Year Limited Warranty

Intel has confirmed that their new M15 Optane series system accelerators will release in mid-Q3 2019. 

You can join the discussion on Intel's improved Optane M15 series of system accelerators on the OC3D Forums

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Most Recent Comments

29-05-2019, 23:53:03

I think it would be pretty cool if laptop makers would introduce this. A low cost option for mass storage but still very fast speeds. Would be great for people who want 1/2TB of storage.Quote

30-05-2019, 10:59:44

You mean like, 1TB SSD or HDD along this Optane drive?Quote

30-05-2019, 11:25:04

Originally Posted by looz View Post
You mean like, 1TB SSD or HDD along this Optane drive?
Yes that is exactly what he/she was referencing. Optane with a 1 or 2 (or higher) TB HDD would make them pretty quick indeed. Plus optane is cheap enough to where it actually would make perfect sense = you get capacity and speed but the price is roughly the same as an SSD (lower capacity then 1tb mind you, probably 256gb max).Quote

30-05-2019, 11:32:34

IMO mechanical drive in any form, optane-assisted or not, is a poor choice for a laptop. Its power consumption is high, it's slow (and laptops get rebooted often, or at least resumed from hibernation) and prone to mechanical failure(again, especially in laptops since they're being moved around).
Alongside an SSD, well, the extra speed isn't that noticeable and it's an additonal component consuming power. Buying a larger SSD at the saved cost is probably the better option.

That's what confuses me about the comment. :PQuote

30-05-2019, 11:37:00

It's cheaper. Using a HDD and Optane is cheaper. Most people buy cheap laptops.Quote

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