Information about the Intel® Optane™ Memory M Series

Intel® Optane™ memory is a system acceleration solution installed between the processor and slower storage devices (SATA HDD, SSHD, SSD), which allows your computer to store commonly used data and programs closer to the processor. This allows the system to access this information more quickly, which can improve the overall responsiveness of the system.

It is important to note that Intel® Optane™ memory is not designed to replace the main system unit, but to speed up a slower storage device that is already in the system; which could be the main unit or a secondary drive.

It allows you to complete tasks faster and reduces waiting time, compared to a computer with a hard drive alone.

  • Responsiveness refers to how quickly the PC completes end-user requests, such as: Start
    • or boot
    • Find and search for
    • files

    • Save large files
    • Launch applications Compared


  • the

  • same PC with only one hard drive, Intel® Optane™ memory makes the PC feel faster and more responsive.

note System requirements and

  • details of the installation process can be found in the Installation Guide
  • . Support for error codes and messages while using Intel Optane memory system acceleration. Additional information Additional information about system acceleration with Intel Optane memory can be found below. Click or the topic for more information:How is

  • Intel® Optane™


™ memory different from other NAND caching® solutions?

Intel® Optane™ memory is designed to meet the need for non-volatile, high performance, high endurance, low latency, and quality of service (QoS). The combination of these attributes in a memory technology sets it apart from anything else.

Intel Optane memory

is different from other NAND caching solutions for the following reasons:The revolutionary new Intel Optane™ memory media performs well even at low capacities (16 GB). Endurance to support multiple reads and writes to the module. The state-of-the-art algorithm in the Intel RST controller creates a high-performance solution. Its intuitive, easy-to-use installation and easy setup process help you automatically configure a solution to meet your needs. What is the difference between Intel®

  • ® Optane memory and DRAM? Does it™

replace DRAM?™® Intel Optane memory uses non-volatile Intel

Optane™™ memory media with the Intel®®® Rapid Storage Technology driver to accelerate your PC’s access to non-volatile data. On your PC, non-volatile data is your computer’s “long-term memory” that persists even when the PC is turned off. A PC user’s personal documents, images, videos, music, and application files are examples of non-volatile data.

DRAM, or dynamic random access memory, is a volatile memory technology that serves as your computer’s “short-term working memory.” DRAM temporarily stores the inputs and results of calculations performed by the processor. When the PC is turned off, the data in the DRAM disappears.

The two memory technologies serve different purposes in the PC memory hierarchy, so Intel® Optane™ memory complements DRAM, rather than replacing it entirely. A PC with Intel® Optane™ memory and DRAM can access programs and data faster, providing additional performance and responsiveness.

Is Linux* supported when using Intel® Optane™ memory for system acceleration?

No, Intel Optane™ memory requires the Windows 10/11* 64-bit operating system and Intel Rapid Storage Technology (Intel®®® RST) driver software. Use of the device with other caching software is not supported or validated.

What is the difference between Intel Optane M and H series memory?

See How is Intel Optane H-Series Memory Different from Other Intel®® Optane™™ Memory Products?

How many drives can Intel Optane memory throttle?

Intel® Optane™ memory can speed up a drive. The system can have multiple drives (or add additional drives later one), but Intel® Optane™ memory can only accelerate one drive, which could be the primary drive or a secondary drive.

Can I disconnect the accelerating drive from the system after it is enabled with Intel® Optane™ memory and move it to another computer?

Intel® Optane™ memory must be disabled before moving to another computer. Choose the method that best suits your system How to disable system acceleration with Intel® Optane™ memory.

What happens if the Intel® Optane™ memory module is removed from a system while it is enabled?

The volume (module + drive that is accelerated) will be disconnected to protect user data. You will not be able to access the drive that was being accelerated until the module is put back into the system.

What happens to my data on the drive that accelerates if I lose or leave the Intel® Optane™ memory module? When an Intel Optane memory volume

(accelerated drive + pair of Intel®® Optane™™ memory modules) is created, they are paired with each other and cannot be separated. If one is missing from the system, the other disk is disconnected and no longer detected by the operating system.

We recommend using third-party software to recover data on the associated disk.

How to clone/back up an Intel Optane memory volume The correct way to back up is to disable Intel Optane memory, clone the data to another drive, and then re-enable Intel Optane memory

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