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Intel Optane Memory Hits GA

The first of the Intel Optane memory modules designed to improve desktop PC performance are available Monday at computer component retailers.

The two add-in components are a 16GB memory module with an MSRP of $44 and a 32GB module with an MSRP of $77.

Optane memory works with 7th Generation Intel Core processors. Through an Intel Optane memory ready program launched in early 2017, more than 130 motherboards were Intel Optane memory-ready as of late March.

While gaming is a major focus of Optane memory, Intel touts business application benefits for the new memory modules. According to Intel, Optane memory can double computer power-on speed, speed the launch of Microsoft Outlook by six times and speed the launch of the Chrome browser by five times.

The add-in modules are one of the first steps in the rollout of Optane memory. According to Intel, OEM systems with Optane memory pre-installed will be available later this year.

Posted by Scott Bekker on April 24, 2017 at 10:44 AM