A recent, somewhat-independent test has shed light into the performance details of the new Intel Optane SSD, and judging by what we can see, the new memory standard seems pretty capable of meeting, and possibly even exceeding our expectations.

If we are to take the bottom line of this review on the face value, odds are high the new memory type will crank the game up for Intel by a long shot. As for end users, the upgrade to the Intel 3D XPoint ‘Optane SSD’ DC P4800X will lead to a much higher output on three critical fronts: speed, latency, and endurance. Also, the most important aspect lies in the higher consistency the new memory type brings along, which, by the way, happens to be way ahead compared to the consistency conventional SSDs can achieve.

Before we delve any further, let’s appreciate the efforts put in by the folks over at Tom’s Hardware. You might want head to their site later for the full Intel 3D XPoint ‘Optane SSD’ DC P4800X review.

Note that the review was conducted by a third-party. However, since Intel gave them only remote access to the drive and didn’t hand over the user manual to refer to (thus shrinking the scope for more detailed scrutiny), it can’t be deemed an outright independent review.


Despite the impressive performance, the figures above stand as testimony to, the new technology is way too expensive for the masses at this juncture. After all, spending as much as $1,500 for just 375 GB of digital space is not something most people would be too thrilled about — even in the high-end sect of the market. Rather, we urge you to take these numbers as an evidence supporting the credibility of the new concept Intel has worked on.