MacBooks Will be Getting Intel’s Super-fast Optane Drive


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Apple recently revealed that their next generation MacBook laptops could potentially receive Intel’s new lightning fast Optane memory drives. Justin Pot of online tech website Digital Trends had the following to say about the Optane chips

“Little has been said about how this tech will be put to work in consumer devices, including laptops. We won’t know much until Apple, Intel, or any other computer maker publicly announces support. But we’re sure every MacBook fan would love a hard drive with write speeds 1,000 times faster than an SSD.”

Seen by industry insiders as the first significant breakthrough in data storage since the development of flash memory, Optane drives utilize a three-dimensional mesh system known as 3D Xpoint to store over immense amounts of data. In fact, 3D Xpoint is so quick that it allows both the hard drive and the RAM to operate at approximately the same speeds.

Apple had previously pioneered the use of other speed upgrades such as PCI Express and NVMe hard drives, but this advantage has dwindled as more and more Windows computers have also started integrating the tech into their computer hardware products. That being said, if Apple can somehow secure the use of Optane drives within their Macbook line, they would likely regain their performance advantage over their competitors. Optane chips will likely hit stores at some point during the next year or two, and Intel hopes that the chips will appeal to a number of different niches within the computer industry including rig builders, gamers, and data centers.


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