The price tag will make your eyes water, though
According to Intel, the SSD boasts a latency of under 10µs and offers random read/write speeds of up to 550,000/500,000 IOPs.
What’s also very interesting is that the P4800X can use Intel’s ‘memory drive technology’ to make the SSD appear to be DRAM to the operating system, a useful added trick on the flexibility front.
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Intel notes that
The company also boasted of high endurance ratings, with the P4800X being capable of 30 DWPD (drive writes per day), with a claimed total lifespan of 12.3 petabytes.
The drive is available in an ‘early ship program’ now, with more form factors and bigger capacities due to become available in the second half of this year. As spotted by ExtremeTech , it retails at $1,520 (around £1,230, AU$1,970), so it’s far from cheap (and those larger capacity drives will be much more expensive still, of course).
As we already mentioned, this is an SSD targeted at data centre use, but it’s a sign of things to come – eventually we’ll see high-performance Optane drives aimed at consumer PCs with less frightening price tags.
Optane is, however, already being used for cache drives in mainstream laptops like the ThinkPad T series (which has an optional 16GB Optane SSD).
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