Last week, Intel admitted that it plans to introduce memory like Optane DC in client systems, but only after the appearance of full support from the Windows operating system. Memory modules of a new type, combining the properties of RAM and a solid state non-volatile drive, should find application in desktop systems and even laptops.

Intel Optane DC Memory Offers First Player Ready

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In the meantime, Intel demonstrates the capabilities of Optane DC in the workstation. It should be recognized that the memory modules of the current generation in such an environment cannot do without an active cooling system even when it comes to overclocking. However, before the mass expansion of Optane DC in the client sector, a couple of generations of this memory will have time to change, and the situation with cooling will certainly not be so complicated.

Intel Optane DC Memory Offers First Player Ready

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In the Intel hierarchy, Optane DC is intermediate in performance between classic DRAM and 3D NAND solid-state drives. Windows Task Manager, as noted by colleagues on the PC Watch website, already recognizes Optane DC memory modules as a “memory disk," if you use the literal equivalents of terms.

Intel Optane DC Memory Offers First Player Ready

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The same source publishes some results of testing Optane DC modules in the SPECworkstation 3.0.1 application package compared to the Intel 760p SSD, in some cases the advantage of the former reaches tenfold. Demonstrated modules with a total capacity of 535 GB by default gave the operating system access to 32 GB of memory, the remaining amount could be used only with the help of special applications.

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Optane DC modules reduce operating time for operating systems in seconds. In games, for example, the loading time of a level is reduced by half. In addition, information in memory is stored after a sudden power outage, which can also be useful not only in games, but also in work.