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Intel Optane Memory H10 Reviewed

If you’ve been looking for a way to transform the speed of your laptop almost immediately, bumping it up to lightning-fast specifications without having to spend a mountain of money along the way, then you absolutely MUST consider moving forward with the new Intel Optane Memory H10.

A hybrid solution from the folks at Intel, this storage module is part SSD part Optane Memory Media – all of which comes together thanks to some pretty fancy engineering from the folks at Intel that creates next-generation speed in a ridiculously compact form factor.

You’ll be blown away by just how slim and how compact this overall module is, a module that was designed for ultrabooks that only have room for a single SSD. The size restricts the amount of onboard storage available, but because Intel has found a way to move storage to a ridiculously compact component – and put it on top of the memory cell itself – you get the best of all worlds.

All of this new engineering is only possible thanks to the fact that Intel experts have found a way to squeeze two independent drives onto a single-sided, 80 mm long M.2 module. The design leverages the 4-bit 3D QLC NAND flash memory as a base, a first in the industry.

On a single one of these sticks, you’ll find the Intel Optane memory media, the memory media controller module, the QLC 3D NAND media and then the 3D NAND controller. Capacity options for the QLC NAND media right now range from between 256/512/1024 GB with the Optane memory modules making anywhere between 16 GB and 32 GB of memory available on the same stick.

The only trouble with this particular solution right now – the Optane Memory H10 – is that it is not currently available for purchase independent of an Ultrabook device. Now, the odds are pretty good that this component – and similar components like it – will be available for sale independently in the year to come (if not even sooner than that). However, as of right now the only place you’re going to be able to see it for yourself is if you get your hands on a Whiskey Lake Ultrabook such as the HP Spectre 360x running the latest Intel hardware under the hood. What we do know about this component is that it is a revolutionary new step in an exciting direction from the folks at Intel. Don’t be surprised if you see this kind of engineering on display from a lot of other hardware manufacturers pretty soon.