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Intel Launches Optane 800P: Super-Charged, Fast, and Pricey SSD

10 March 2018

Intel has revealed the Intel Optane SSD 800P, promising high speeds, low latency, and excellent endurance. Pricing, however, is still high: U.S. retailers have set pre-orders at $129 for the 58GB and $199 for the 118GB models (around £93 and £144 respectively, excluding taxes.) The devices are expected to hit United Kingdom retailers later this month.

Like Intel's other recent solid-state drives for enterprise customers, gamers, and other users, the Optane SSD 800P series is built on 3D XPoint, a non-volatile computing memory technology developed by Intel and Micron Technology in 2015. Like many of Intel's other solid state drives, the Optane SSD 800P family also carries a full 5 year warranty.

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The new products are also happy in the low-power states used by laptop computers, or Intel's own NUC mini-PCs. Intel said the Optane SSD 800P series is its first with an M.2 form factor for use as an internally mounted expansion card.

The chip-maker says it has sequential read speeds of up to 1,450MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 640MB/s. Intel said it has tested the drive for compatibility with a wide range of Windows 10 motherboards as well as with motherboards for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu.

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And yes, The Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD has double the speeds of the Intel Optane SSD 800P. The new 800P series joins the 900P series and is created to be used in tandem with slower spinning platter hard drive solutions to speed up overall boot and application load times. For those among you looking to be early adopters, the 58GB model will set you back US$129 (~RM504), while the 118GB model is priced at US$199 (~RM778).

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Intel Launches Optane 800P: Super-Charged, Fast, and Pricey SSD