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Intel Shows Optane SSD Publicly For The First Time

Rob Crooke was scheduled to speak at the Intel Keynote event here at Computex 2017, but he was no where to be found. Instead, Intel presented us with several first sightings that ranged from new Core i8 processors to modular systems smaller than a portable hard disk drive. The most interesting part for storage freaks, though, was a sweet, sweet Optane SSD.

The drive has long been rumored to come to market under the 900p name, with capacity sizes ranging from 250GB to 1.5TB. Not long ago, Intel told several members of the press about the new drive but would not elaborate on performance details. We were able to see the drive run in several demos, and the performance was a step beyond what we get today from NAND flash. Optane has the power to increase your user experience by cutting latency in all applications.

This is the first time that Intel publicly discussed the new Optane SSD. We were there to capture the brief moment. The video above starts with a demonstration of Optane Memory in a face-off between an Optane-accelerated HDD and a "vanilla hard disk drive." Once the brief demo was finished, the speaker pulled an Optane SSD.

The drive has what appears to be black tape over the label. It may be a P4800X enterprise SSD in disguise, just to show a representation of what's to come. The real story is that an Optane SSD is in the works, and it will be the fastest consumer SSD ever released to the public. We don't expect it to be cheap, but we're excited about the technology and what it will deliver for those willing to invest to reach the ultimate computing experience.

  • drajitsh
    I'm starting to think that optane should REALLY be called hypetane. More smoke and mirrors. Did they show a real drive, NO.
    Did they present real numbers, NO.
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  • rantoc
    Vaportane...
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  • none12345
    Comparing it to a HDD is it that bad they cant compare it to SSDs that have been on the market for the last 5+ years?
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  • DaveWhat
    Optane: 10000X the speed of an abacus!
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  • DaveWhat
    Optane defeats hard drive! Next up, Mike Tyson versus my grandmother!
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  • The drive has what appears to be black tape over the label. It may be a P4800X enterprise SSD in disguise, just to show a representation of what's to come.

    Wow, Intel is really pathetic.
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  • CRamseyer
    I don't understand the Intel hate on this one. They are the only company willing to bring high-performance storage to the consumer market. Maybe you guys don't get it. MLC is dead! Let's take what we know about Samsung V-NAND out and just look at IMFT and Toshiba / WD TLC. Your future consists of WD Black or Intel 600p performance.

    For 90% of people both products and others like them are enough or more than enough. Many of us fall into the remaining 10% and want more. It doesn't have to be $1800 processor more but more than what TLC can provide!
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