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Intel ends its "100% Optane" SSD offering for consumers
A page is turned for solutions that are certainly very powerful, but also very expensive and with reduced storage capacities.
A few weeks ago, just before the end of the year holidays, Intel gave an update on its new storage products for the general public. Rather than detailing the new products, most observers pointed out that there was one major omission: Optane technology was no longer part of Intel's plans for its consumer SSDs. Today we have confirmation of this.
Indeed, without an effective replacement, the product discontinuation notifications on the Optane Memory 900 and 905P series, Optane Memory 800P and Optane Memory M10, mark a particularly brutal end to these models appreciated by their users. "Particularly brutal" because between the notification and the last orders, there were only a few hours / days. This decision puts an almost final end to the use of Optane Memory in consumer SSDs 100% based on 3D XPoint.
A decision that Intel has also confirmed to Paul Alcorn, journalist for Tom's Hardware, to which the American firm has specified that in reality Optane was still present in a consumer product, but in a "hybrid" way. Indeed, the Optane Memory H20 combines flash and Optane and its performance cannot be compared to the previously mentioned 100% Optane solutions. Moreover, the H20 is not designed for desktop PCs: it works in conjunction with the 11th generation of Core-U processors for mobile solutions.