Intel’s Optane Memory could be the most revolutionary letdown in storage history.

Announced Monday morning, these first consumer Optane-based devices will be available April 24 in two M.2 trims: A 16GB model for $44 and a 32GB Optane Memory device for $77. Both are rated for crazy-fast read speeds of 1.2GBps and writes of 280MBps.If you’re wondering how you can install Windows 10 on one of these, you can’t.

The first two Optane Memory devices instead are meant to be used primarily as cache drives for a traditional hard drive, using a technique similar to the Smart Response Technology Intel introduced in 2011.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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