Slow computer? Join the fast lane with Intel Optane

Frustrated by slow PC games and emails that take forever to download? In late 2017, Intel is releasing their new Optane technology, designed to unleash you processor’s true potential. How does it work? Find out here...

16 Jun 2017


Why is my computer so slow?

Ever sighed at a slow-loading level on Battlefield? Or an email with big attachments that takes forever to download? It’s probably your PC’s storage slowing you down. Intel Optane is here to help.

Intel Optane memory

What is Optane?

A revolution in computing. This game-changing type of storage memory on the latest 7th generation Intel Core based PCs makes everything smoother and faster.

Look forward to…

  • Games and levels that launch up to 67% faster
  • Computers that boot up twice as fast
  • Email apps like Outlook launching over 5 times faster
  • Saving large files with virtually no lag
  • Quickly searching for and finding files


Why do we need it? The problem with storage and memory

From Windows 10 and Grand Theft Auto V to the average 11 apps we launch every day, we’re creating, saving and using more data than ever before.

These different applications and services require fast access to large sets of data. But many of today’s laptops are unable to provide this, creating a bottleneck and preventing you from getting the best out of your computer’s processor. 

This is because of the type of storage memory inside ‘slowly responding to your processor’s data request and causing it to work at a fraction of its potential,’ says an Intel

See more from Intel on their Optane technology


Optane vs today’s storage

Today’s desktops have either HDD hard drives, or SSD drives, which use NAND technology.

Both of these have their positives and negatives. Traditional HDD drives have much more storage space, but they’re slow and less responsive. Whereas SSDs are fast and have less space.

Optane offers the best of both. Faster than the NAND technology in SSD drives and with more capacity than a HDD drive but in a smaller package.


How does the technology work?

Intel Optane learns how you use your computer, making it much easier for your system to access data stored in the hard drive.  

It’s able to do this by combining memory and storage into one virtual drive. This is then placed much closer to the processor for faster access to information.


The science bit

For your processor to access large sets of data efficiently it needs memory that is fast, dense and non-volatile. Optane tackles these issues.

Much like a dense forest, dense memory crams lots of storage into less space. To do this, Intel uses 3D XPoint technology to pack ‘lots of capacity into a tiny footprint’. It creates 3D grids, where layers of memory are stacked on top of one another.

‘Latency’ sounds a bit like tech-speak, but it’s important in explaining how your processor is able to access data faster. 

The high volume of demanding apps we use every day means low-latency is key to how fast your memory performs. Optane’s latency is much shorter than that found in NAND drives. This means when your processor demands large data sets, Optane is able to deliver it quickly and responsively.

Where can I get Intel Optane?

Optane desktops are coming later in 2017, and we’ll be stocking the Lenovo Legion PC once it’s launched. This high-end gaming PC will give you fast-loading games that don’t miss a beat thanks to Optane technology.

Can’t wait for Optane? Check out our current Intel laptops and PCs