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Intel Discontinues Optane-Packing Core+ i7-8700, i5-8400, i5-8500 Models

Intel introduced its new Core+ branding last year, but according to Intel's documentation, it has already slated the new processors for discontinuance due to a lack of demand.

In short, Intel's Core+ branding indicates the processors, or the devices they are installed in, come bundled with Optane memory. These three bundles, which include a processor and a 16GB Optane memory caching drive, were the only three bundled SKUs. The news comes as Intel and Micron are parting ways on their 3D XPoint (the underlying memory behind Optane) joint venture.

Intel now says its customers should place their last orders for the Core+ processor bundles by September 30, provided supplies are still available, and that the final deliveries should be taken no later than December 27, 2019.

KitPart Number
Core+ i7-8700 + 16GB OptaneBO80684I78700
Core+ i5-8500 + 16GB OptaneBO80684I58500
Core+ i5-8400 + 16GB OptaneBO80684I58400

Intel's Optane memory is a collection of software and hardware, such as 3D XPoint memory, that leverage the power of next-generation memory to boost storage performance. The Optane modules come as both cache and normal bootable SSDs that fill the goodbetterbest verticals, so they represent a growing portion of Intel's storage business.

The bundled kits were largely seen as an attempt to boost Intel's sales of Optane, which apparently haven't met expectations given Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra's revelation that 3D XPoint sales to Intel were flagging, thus incurring under-utilization charges that impacted Micron's bottom line. That's particularly devastating for Micron because it doesn't have any 3D Xpoint products on the market, making Intel its only avenue to market for sales.

Micron even indicated that it was possible that the company wouldn't sell any 3D XPoint to Intel in the future. As such, Mehrotra announced that Micron would re-negotiate the terms of future 3D XPoint development with Intel.

That apparently didn't go too well, as the two companies ceased joint development in July 2018, and yesterday Micron announced its intention to buy out Intel's share of their IMFT (Intel Micron Flash Technologies) joint venture. Intel plans to continue to produce 3D XPoint, the revolutionary new memory behind the Optane brand, in its own fabs even after the Micron divorce.

Intel has the right to continue to produce 3D XPoint independently, and given its continuing investment in new facilities to produce 3D XPoint, it is unlikely that Intel is discontinuing these products due to the end of the partnership. Instead, it appears that the bundled products simply didn't gain any traction in the market.

We have reached out to Intel for comment and will update as necessary.

  • InvalidError
    I wonder how many people even knew those bundles existed. Can't say I remember reading about them.
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  • Brian_R170
    Exactly. How many consumers even noticed?
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  • Bryan Webb
    This is the first I heard of these, maybe it was a marketing problem.
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  • jpe1701
    I remember reading about it on here but that's it. The average Joe probably never knew it existed.
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  • Soaptrail
    I do not remember this product. I just hope Intel can still afford to put food on the table!
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  • Paul Andrew
    Intel optane is good enough for desktop.

    When you service this on laptop is huge pain in the ass for real. Im working on major retail business.

    Most these model were written off or returned due to this bs optane memory cache
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  • popatim
    I remember when they were announced but did not foresee any demand for them and still don't. Just build with an SSD and there is Zero need for an Optane cache drive.

    Keep in mind that these only work in New systems; who the heck is going to pay the extra for an Optane to go along with a harddrive instead of just getting an SSD to begin with.
    500Gb is under $80...
    250 is under 40 and good enough for most business purposes.
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  • Paul Andrew
    21681940 said:
    I remember when they were announced but did not foresee any demand for them and still don't. Just build with an SSD and there is Zero need for an Optane cache drive.

    Keep in mind that these only work in New systems; who the heck is going to pay the extra for an Optane to go along with a harddrive instead of just getting an SSD to begin with.
    500Gb is under $80...
    250 is under 40 and good enough for most business purposes.

    Exactly conventional m.2 ssd is way better. Ill take 128gb m.2 ssd rather than this optane+hhd

    Its just bs marketing
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  • mr.merol
    If they had made it compatible with Z170 chipsets and 6th gen processors, which are old in 2018, Optane would've been more popular.

    Also, the bundles were for non K processors. Big mistake.
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  • Paul Andrew
    21682811 said:
    If they had made it compatible with Z170 chipsets and 6th gen processors, which are old in 2018, Optane would've been more popular.

    Also, the bundles were for non K processors. Big mistake.

    They had that idea before 14nm. And release it on 7th gen for marketing. Intel could have just embeded it to the mainboard and might could actually win. 7th gen chipset to mount optane ffs? Smh.
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