Manufacturing giant, Intel, details the second- generation Optane 900P SSD – is it also AMD supported?
Leaks inside the industry have hinted that Intel’s second generation of Optane drives, the Intel 900P series, will be launched at month’s end. The 900P series will be replacing Intel’s 750 series of NVMe drives and will come in the U.2 and AIC (PCI-E card) form factors. While the first Optane drives used a PCI-E 2.0 interface, this new generation will be using PCI-E 3.0. The 900P has likely the same specifications as Intel’s enterprise P4800X, which costs a whopping $2000 for 375GB. While the new 900P series drives will come in 280GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1500GB variants, catering more to consumers rather than enterprise users, which hopefully means much more affordable prices. (Which it is already overpriced for Enterprise)
Optane has random read speeds far greater than those of NAND flash, making it an excellent NAND replacement. The current Optane series provides 1.35 GB/s and 290 GB/s sequential (large files) read/write and 240,000 IOPS read/write for random performance (which is more beneficial for OS). The new 900P should boast 2.5GB/s and 2GB/s sequential read/write speeds and up to 550,000 and 500,000 IOPS read/write for random performance, which is a big increase over its predecessor.
Is it AMD compatible?
The first generation of Optane has 16GB and 32GB variants which could only be used with select chipsets and CPUs. There are some rumors and clues all around us that Intel’s 900P might not even be limited to Intel’s platforms and might be capable of working in an AMD X399 motherboard.
Our first hint is that these units are designed in the U.2 and PCI-E (AIC) form factors, meaning they are built for HEDT systems with many PCI-E lanes. AMD’s X399 platform would be a perfect example for a more affordable ultra-fast Optane AIC. Second is that vendors have made an effort to implement U.2 ports into some of their X399 motherboards. There is currently only one readily available U.2 drive for the consumer, the Intel 750 series of drives, the same series Intel’s 900P is replacing. We already know that Intel would continue to use U.2 for its high-end consumer drives, and the fact that U.2 exists on X399 means that it’s “possible” that the 900P could be compatible with it.