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3D XPoint: Intel Optane Memory Review

We have tried and tested the Intel Optane Memory's functions as a classic storage device. Even though some users might benefit from the new technology in specific cases, we cannot really recommend it.

For the original German review, click here.

Optane Memory is Intel's first product based on 3D XPoint that is available for end consumers. The new storage technology was created in cooperation with Micron and, unlike NAND memory, is not based on different voltage levels, but on changes in electrical resistance. Forgoing the field-effect transistor enables a higher transistor count and faster data transfer rate - at least in theory. 

We have taken a look at the Optane Memory's performance as a classic storage device rather than as cache, with the aim of making a prognosis about its possible future use as an SSD competitor. Intel itself has been pushing its use as cache. You will find our usual graphs with detailed results of our tests at the end of this article.

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Intel Optane Memory

Intel's Optane Memory is an M.2-2280 storage module that is connected via two PCIe 3.0 lanes and NVMe. The chip is 22 mm (~0.86 in) wide and 80 mm (~3.15 in) long. Intel's system requirements are comparatively high, so it supports only seventh generation Intel processors. You can find a detailed list here. The chips have a capacity of either 16 or 32 gigabyte and are currently available for about $45 and $80 respectively.

Methods of Testing

We have tested the Optane Memory in various categories with particular focus on synthetic benchmarks against M.2 SSDs, which are direct competitors of the Optane Memory for end consumers. We would like to mention the difference between the so-called sequential and random access: sequential reading and writing happens "in one go", for example when reading or writing a large movie file. Simply put, the file does not have to be searched for and therefore can manage very high data transfer rates. The opposite is the case for random operations, where various sectors of the storage device need to be accessed. In practice, these random operations with smaller files are a lot more common - which is why SSDs seem to speed up the entire system so much. In the worst case, a conventional hard drive has to move its read head over the entire magnetic storage, just to access a certain file.

Results

Looking at the sequential data transfer rates, Intel's Optane Memory did a comparatively bad job. Both the AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark 3.0 show a distinct deficiency in the write rates: the maximum write rate of about 300 MByte/s leaves it way behind the M.2 PCIe competition and even models with SATA connections can offer better performance. Sequential reading is a lot faster in the Optane Memory, but its speeds are still not really competitive.

Random reading and writing show the exact opposite: Our 32-GB test unit had very high transfer rates, although these did also depend on which benchmark was used. In the AS SSD, the storage device was just ahead of its competition in writing 4K files, while reading rates were five times as fast. The CrystalDiskMark 3.0 confirmed these results. We noticed that the maximum sequential write rates for the Optane were almost equivalent to those of random operations, which would be very unusual in normal SSDs. This turns around again with an increasing queue - at least for the write rates.

Verdict

We believe that Intel's Optane Memory is still not particularly suitable for the general consumer market. While the very high random rates can be an advantage with Windows, the difference in speed to normal SATA or even PCIe SSDs is irrelevant for end consumers. Professional users (who might actually prefer the Intel Optane P4800X) will most probably still go for a usual NVMe SSD due to the Optane Memory's high price - although this might not be true for very specific needs. 

The use of the chip as cache memory combined with a classic hard disk is basically a good idea, but probably only suitable for lazy users who only use a hard drive despite the modern Kaby Lake system and do not want to transfer all their data onto a - probably similarly priced - SSD. The number of these users is, however, very, very low. We are also uncertain about the use of Optane Memory in notebooks or compact systems, since equivalent PCIe SSDs are available for only a little more money.

AS SSD
Copy Game MB/s
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
1310.15 MB/s ∼100% +18%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1107 (min: 409, max: 1107) MB/s ∼84%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
833.33 MB/s ∼64% -25%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
723 MB/s ∼55% -35%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
442.81 MB/s ∼34% -60%
Copy Program MB/s
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
873 (min: 360, max: 873) MB/s ∼100%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
634.94 MB/s ∼73% -27%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
443 MB/s ∼51% -49%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
401.75 MB/s ∼46% -54%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
326.34 MB/s ∼37% -63%
Copy ISO MB/s
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
1614.11 MB/s ∼100% +37%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
1291.95 MB/s ∼80% +9%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1182 MB/s ∼73%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
1128.09 MB/s ∼70% -5%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
932 MB/s ∼58% -21%
Score Total
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
4187 Points ∼100% +41%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3960 Points ∼95% +33%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
3943 Points ∼94% +33%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
2968 Points ∼71%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
1829 Points ∼44% -38%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
1585 Points ∼38% -47%
Score Write
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
1689 Points ∼100% +279%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1485 Points ∼88% +233%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
1337 Points ∼79% +200%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
600 Points ∼36% +35%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
588 Points ∼35% +32%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
446 Points ∼26%
Score Read
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
1911 Points ∼100% +17%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1659 Points ∼87% +2%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1628 Points ∼85%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
1512 Points ∼79% -7%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
849 Points ∼44% -48%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
690 Points ∼36% -58%
Access Time Write
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
0.052 ms * ∼100% -225%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
0.047 ms * ∼90% -194%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
0.034 ms * ∼65% -113%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
0.03 ms * ∼58% -88%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
0.024 ms * ∼46% -50%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
0.016 ms * ∼31%
Access Time Read
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
0.079 ms * ∼100% -508%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
0.069 ms * ∼87% -431%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
0.051 ms * ∼65% -292%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
0.05 ms * ∼63% -285%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
0.03 ms * ∼38% -131%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
0.013 ms * ∼16%
4K-64 Write
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
1333.91 MB/s ∼100% +398%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1204.79 MB/s ∼90% +350%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
1056.91 MB/s ∼79% +294%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
455 MB/s ∼34% +70%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
428.18 MB/s ∼32% +60%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
267.98 MB/s ∼20%
4K-64 Read
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
1605.37 MB/s ∼100% +30%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1371.91 MB/s ∼85% +11%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1230.45 MB/s ∼77%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
1178.67 MB/s ∼73% -4%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
628.03 MB/s ∼39% -49%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
507 MB/s ∼32% -59%
4K Write
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
152.61 MB/s ∼100%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
150.46 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
125.32 MB/s ∼82% -18%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
112.04 MB/s ∼73% -27%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
79.1 MB/s ∼52% -48%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
70.42 MB/s ∼46% -54%
4K Read
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
266.49 MB/s ∼100%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
52.8 MB/s ∼20% -80%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
50.96 MB/s ∼19% -81%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
35.84 MB/s ∼13% -87%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
31.74 MB/s ∼12% -88%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
26.8 MB/s ∼10% -90%
Seq Write
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
2092.36 MB/s ∼100% +737%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
2046.28 MB/s ∼98% +719%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1546.3 MB/s ∼74% +519%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
601 MB/s ∼29% +140%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
541 MB/s ∼26% +116%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
250 MB/s ∼12%
Seq Read
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
2819.05 MB/s ∼100% +115%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
2738.05 MB/s ∼97% +109%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
2340.48 MB/s ∼83% +79%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
1847.57 MB/s ∼66% +41%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
1563 MB/s ∼55% +19%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1310 MB/s ∼46%
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Write 4k QD32
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
634 MB/s ∼100% +122%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
520.9 MB/s ∼82% +83%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
401.8 MB/s ∼63% +41%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
285.09 MB/s ∼45%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
232 MB/s ∼37% -19%
Read 4k QD32
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
886.54 MB/s ∼100%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
744.4 MB/s ∼84% -16%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
629.1 MB/s ∼71% -29%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
479.9 MB/s ∼54% -46%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
282 MB/s ∼32% -68%
Write 4k
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
180.6 MB/s ∼100% +7%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
169.57 MB/s ∼94%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
150.8 MB/s ∼83% -11%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
88 MB/s ∼49% -48%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
77.46 MB/s ∼43% -54%
Read 4k
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
315.06 MB/s ∼100%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
58.17 MB/s ∼18% -82%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
55.94 MB/s ∼18% -82%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
31.61 MB/s ∼10% -90%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
28.3 MB/s ∼9% -91%
Write 512
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
1728 MB/s ∼100% +483%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1151 MB/s ∼67% +288%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
966.7 MB/s ∼56% +226%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
447 MB/s ∼26% +51%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
296.65 MB/s ∼17%
Read 512
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1334.96 MB/s ∼100%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
1261 MB/s ∼94% -6%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
845.3 MB/s ∼63% -37%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
839 MB/s ∼63% -37%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
715.3 MB/s ∼54% -46%
Write Seq
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
2087 MB/s ∼100% +602%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
1724 MB/s ∼83% +480%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1478 MB/s ∼71% +397%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
564 MB/s ∼27% +90%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
297.2 MB/s ∼14%
Read Seq
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
2452 MB/s ∼100% +81%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
2145 MB/s ∼87% +58%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1357.6 MB/s ∼55%
Saelic Veni G422 G7TPK4
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1352 MB/s ∼55% 0%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
1127 MB/s ∼46% -17%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
Write 4K
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
180.65 MB/s ∼100%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
158.4 MB/s ∼88% -12%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
112.7 MB/s ∼62% -38%
Read 4K
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
346.32 MB/s ∼100%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
45.04 MB/s ∼13% -87%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
32.2 MB/s ∼9% -91%
Write Seq
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
621.6 MB/s ∼100% +109%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
567 MB/s ∼91% +91%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
297.4 MB/s ∼48%
Read Seq
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
1592 MB/s ∼100% +17%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1362.37 MB/s ∼86%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
1150 MB/s ∼72% -16%
Write 4K Q32T1
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
434.2 MB/s ∼100% +52%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
285.26 MB/s ∼66%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
233 MB/s ∼54% -18%
Read 4K Q32T1
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
927.19 MB/s ∼100%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
589.8 MB/s ∼64% -36%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
270 MB/s ∼29% -71%
Write Seq Q32T1
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
630.4 MB/s ∼100% +111%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
566 MB/s ∼90% +90%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
298.4 MB/s ∼47%
Read Seq Q32T1
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
2108 MB/s ∼100% +49%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
1862 MB/s ∼88% +32%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
1411.9 MB/s ∼67%
PCMark 8
Storage Score v2
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
5085 Points ∼100% +1%
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
5077 Points ∼100% +1%
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7740X, Intel Optane 32 GB MEMPEK1W032GA
5043 Points ∼99%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
5029 Points ∼99% 0%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1800X, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4989 Points ∼98% -1%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
6515 Points ∼100%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
5130 Points ∼79%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
8593 Points ∼100%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
5054 Points ∼59%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
5476 Points ∼100%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
3928 Points ∼72%

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