Intel Optane Memory H10 Hybrid SSD With QLC Flash Coming to Thin and Light Laptops Soon

Intel has introduced particulars of the upcoming Optane Memory H10 SSD that it first unveiled at CES 2019. This system combines an Intel’s high-speed 3D Xpoint reminiscence with high-density QLC (Quad Level Cell) NAND flash on a single M.2 module. Intel has introduced that this drive will quickly come to the market in pre-built PCs from a number of main producers together with Dell, HP, Acer, and Asus this quarter, and also will be accessible in retail. Intel had earlier indicated that the Optane Memory H10 is best suited for thin-and-light laptops and small-form-factor desktops which solely have room for one M.2 slot, so it is possible that producers will launch such merchandise first.

The Optane Memory H10 system combines an Optane Memory drive and QLC NAND SSD, however each function independently with their very own controllers on the M.2 module, and every one has entry to 2 of the module’s 4 PCIe x16 lanes. Intel’s RST (Rapid Storage Technology) driver makes each units seem to Windows 10 as a single drive, and handles caching in addition to acceleration of reads and writes. However, the 2 components of the module don’t talk immediately with one another.

In phrases of performance, the Optane Memory H10 is strictly like having an ordinary Optane Memory module with a separate SSD. Intel says it selected QLC flash due to its price and density benefits. This shouldn’t be the identical as Intel’s speedy Optane SSDs such because the Optane SSD 900p, or the just lately introduced Optane Persistent Memory modules which use the identical underlying 3D Xpoint know-how.

Three capability choices might be accessible: 16GB + 256GB, 32GB + 512GB, and 32GB + 1TB. Speeds fluctuate by capability, with most sequential learn speeds starting from 1450MBps to 2400MBps, and sequential writes starting from 650MBps to 1800MBps. Power consumption when lively ranges between 5.3W and 5.8W. Endurance measured in Terabytes Written is 75TBW for the bottom variant, 150TBW for the center one, and 300TBW for the top-end one. They all have five-year warranties. 

The Optane Memory H10 wants a motherboard that helps PCIe bifurcation because of the usage of two separate controllers on one module. An eighth Gen Intel Core processor and Intel 300-series platform controller are the minimal system necessities. Considering the timeline introduced, laptops could possibly be demonstrated at this 12 months’s Computex exhibition in late May.

Intel says the Optane Memory H10 is ideally fitted to client workloads which usually don’t push above queue depths of two. Users can count on to have the ability to boot into Windows, launch packages, and open paperwork, and multitask a lot faster.