Here's a look at the new performance metrics...
- Sequential Read: Up to 2,000MB/s
- Sequential Write: Up to 900MB/s
- Random Read (QD4): Up to 450,000 IOPS
- Random Write (QD4): Up to 220,000 IOPS
Those are some sizeable gains over the previous generation Optane Memory M10 products, which offered sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,450MB/s and 640MB/s, respectively. As for the random read and write metrics, those get a big boost as well—the M10 topped out at 250,000 IOPS for reads and 140,000 IOPS for writes.
"Intel Optane Memory M15 features higher performance and lower power than the previous generation. Combined with the 9th Gen Intel Core mobile and desktop platforms, people will experience short boot times, fast application launches, and fast gaming and browsing," Intel says.
Power usage is nominal, and negligible for the typical consumer. It is the performance gains that are more interesting to us, and the capacities. So far Intel has announced three capacities for the M15 series—16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. There have been rumors of a 128GB addition, but so far nothing of the sort has been officially unveiled.
If you're new to Optane Memory modules, they're essentially caching solutions for your hard drive or solid state drive. They are of more beneficial to the former, but work with either storage medium to accelerate boot times, game loads, frequently accessed applications, and so forth.
Intel did not announce pricing for its new Optane Memory M15 modules, but did note that they will be available in the third quarter of this year.