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Full Optane 800P support for NUC8i7HVK?


While all the review Hades Canyon NUC's appear to be loaded with a 118GB Optane 800P plus "another" M.2 drive, in all cases the Optane drive is the boot drive.

My plan is to run VMWare Workstation on my new NUC with a number of VM's that I use for demos in various configurations. Three of my VM's love to run with an Optane Cache in operation. I was hoping that I could install a cheapish 2TB M.2 SATA SSD as my primary drive and run a 118GB Optane 800P as my secondary drive as a pure cache drive (like I have done on larger desktops). To do this, I will need to run the latest version of Intel RST. The problem is that I'm not sure if the NUC is a qualified platform for RST v16.0.2.1086. Is anybody here able to confirm this configuration?

If you read this link you will determine that using the 800P as a cache drive is not possible.

By contrast, if you read these links it suggests that the full raft of Optane support is available for this new NUC. Download Intel® Optane™ Memory User Interface and Driver for System Acceleration (see Platforms supported for Intel Optane Memory where HM175 is specifically mentioned as supported) Intel's Caching History - The Intel Optane Memory (SSD) Preview: 32GB of Kaby Lake Caching (see 5th paragraph where HM175 is specifically mentioned) Intel: No 200-Series Mobile Chipsets, Optane Memory Support Comes To 100-Series Chipset Instead (see 2nd paragraph where HM175 is specifically mentioned)

I also notice that ALL the NUC Hades Canyon reviews that I have read all contain Optane 800P drives that were supplied by Intel. Why would Intel promote 800P Optane inside this new NUC if its not fully supported?

Could we have a definitive answer on this please?

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Hello crhendohds,



Thanks for posting in our communities. We understand that you're looking to use Intel® Optane™ SSD 800p for caching.



The drive is fully supported on Intel NUC8i7HVK as it comes preinstalled with it. There seems to be a confusion between Intel Optane technologies. The articles you're referring to are for Intel® Optane™ Memory, a device intended for system acceleration currently available on 16GB and 32GB only.



The Intel Optane SSD 800p is a storage device. It works as a regular SSD, but takes advantage of the Intel Optane Technology properties.



You can learn more about Intel Optane Memory here:



- Overview and Requirements for Intel® Optane™ Memory


- Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Optane™ Memory



Please let us know if there's anything else we can do for you.



Best regards,


Eugenio F.
Valued Contributor I

I purchased an Intel NUC8i7HVK with a 120GB M.2. (non-Optane) together with an M.2. 32-GB Optane module. The 120GB boot drive is in position 1 and the Optane module is in M.2. position 2.

After installing the Optane drivers, Windows reported that the 32-GB Optane memory could not be enabled, because my main boot drive does not need the help that this memory would provide. I discovered that if I had an older HDD as the boot drive, then the Optane memory would significantly improve performance.

For these reasons, my recommendation is "Buyer Beware" with regards an Intel NUC8i7HVK and Intel Optane Memory Modules (16 or 32 GB).


I recently received my NUC NUC8i7HVK . I do have a 1tb M.2 Boot drive and I did purchase the 32gig optane for the 2nd m.2 slot assuming I could use Optane Cache. However I get a different message when I try to set it up.. I get

I followed a how to video to make sure the settings were correct. The system does see both the 1tb and the OPTANE 32gig .

I am using the NUC to post this message. Everything works great and I am not sure what I am doing wrong? or does the new NUC not

support OPTANE CACHE? or is the M.2 Boot drive already fast and will not receive any help?

Thank you for the help



Hello JMDigital,



Thanks for posting.



What's your M.2 SSD model? Please bear in mind that Intel Optane memory requires a SATA based drive, it won't work with PCIe NVMe SSDs.



Best regards,


Eugenio F.