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KShub
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Can I add 32 gb optane M.2 module

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I have 2 different computers that are supposed to support Optane memory:

1. Dell Notebook i5-8250U 12gb memory, 1TB 5,400rpm HDD

2. HP Desktop i7-7700 16gb memory, 2TB 7,200rpm HDD

Each has an open M.2 slot to use. I can either add an Optane memory module or I'll add a NVMe SSD drive.

Am I better off adding the Optane or the SSD? Non-gaming use. The Optane add would be 1/3 of the cost of the SSD.

If I add the Optane, I can go with a 16GB or 32GB module. I think the processor is limited to 32GB memory, but does this limitation still apply to the additional Optane?

TIA

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idata
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Hi wmachine,

Thank you for posting in the Intel® communities.

If I understood you well, you are wondering what would be better to add: a new NVMe* SSD or the Intel® Optane™ Memory.

If you choose to add a new NVMe* drive, you will be adding a new drive faster than the HDD that you currently have. You will have additional storage space for your applications, files, etc. and would be able to leave one drive as the primary unit (boot drive) and use the HDD as the secondary unit just for storage.

If you choose, on the other hand, the Intel® Optane™ Memory, you won't be adding additional storage space in your system. The Intel® Optane™ Memory is going to be paired with your current HDD to accelerate it. This means, to make it faster than what it actually is now. At the end, you will have one single unit made by the concatenation of the HDD and the Intel® Optane™ Memory, with no additional storage space.

So considering this information, it's up to you which one you prefer. If the cost factor is critical, then the Intel® Optane™ Memory may be the best option, but if you don't have cost restrictions, probably adding a new NVMe* drive would be better.

Regarding to your last question, I didn't really understand it. Could you please explain what you would like to know exactly? The Intel® Optane™ Memory is a storage device with the specific functionality of accelerate a SATA drive. It is not a memory device like the RAM memory or similar, so if you are wondering if adding the 32GB version of the module will reach the limit of your RAM memory, that should be fine as they are different devices., so don't worry about that.

The Intel® Optane® Memory FAQ is available here in case you want to check additional details: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000024018/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-m... Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Optane™ Memory

Have a nice day.

Regards,

 

Diego V.

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idata
Community Manager
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Hi wmachine,

Thank you for posting in the Intel® communities.

If I understood you well, you are wondering what would be better to add: a new NVMe* SSD or the Intel® Optane™ Memory.

If you choose to add a new NVMe* drive, you will be adding a new drive faster than the HDD that you currently have. You will have additional storage space for your applications, files, etc. and would be able to leave one drive as the primary unit (boot drive) and use the HDD as the secondary unit just for storage.

If you choose, on the other hand, the Intel® Optane™ Memory, you won't be adding additional storage space in your system. The Intel® Optane™ Memory is going to be paired with your current HDD to accelerate it. This means, to make it faster than what it actually is now. At the end, you will have one single unit made by the concatenation of the HDD and the Intel® Optane™ Memory, with no additional storage space.

So considering this information, it's up to you which one you prefer. If the cost factor is critical, then the Intel® Optane™ Memory may be the best option, but if you don't have cost restrictions, probably adding a new NVMe* drive would be better.

Regarding to your last question, I didn't really understand it. Could you please explain what you would like to know exactly? The Intel® Optane™ Memory is a storage device with the specific functionality of accelerate a SATA drive. It is not a memory device like the RAM memory or similar, so if you are wondering if adding the 32GB version of the module will reach the limit of your RAM memory, that should be fine as they are different devices., so don't worry about that.

The Intel® Optane® Memory FAQ is available here in case you want to check additional details: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000024018/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-m... Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Optane™ Memory

Have a nice day.

Regards,

 

Diego V.

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KShub
Beginner
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Thanks! You understand me correctly. So I guess there is no clear cut answer to which is better for me. I think I may try the Optane memory module and see how I like it.

idata
Community Manager
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Hi wmachine,

 

 

That's perfect. If you ever have any additional question about the Intel® Optane™ Memory, feel free to open a new thread. We'll try to help you in any way we can.

 

 

Regards,

 

Diego V.

 

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