Whether it’s our phone, tablet, or laptop, we’ve all come across problems with our hardware’s ability to store information or the time it takes to access that information. As technology continues to break limits of computer storage in access speed and capacity, we are getting to wield more powerful tools than ever before. The latest computing tool is the 3D XPoint, a new-generation memory technology that Intel and Micron Technology have kept under wraps since 2012.
The 3D XPoint is a solid-state drive that is getting buzz for its breakneck speeds in accessing memory. The technology is the marriage of RAM and flash storage, as it’s four times denser than traditional RAM. Conveniently, it can hold information even when it’s turned off, unlike other volatile storage sources. When compared to other forms of information storage, like NAND and DRAM, 3D XPoint is almost 1,000 times faster at reading and writing information.
This means the new-generation memory technology will power the next series of computers. The Optane SSD DC P4800X will be Intel’s first foray with the new tech. The 375 GB solid-state drive comes at a cost of $1520. Intel’s second product to use the technology will come at a much more affordable cost at $44, equipped with a 16 GB memory solution.
This technology isn’t built to entirely replace your computer’s hard drive — rather it’s there to work alongside it. The Optane memory can increase productivity by loading various applications and software at almost 600 percent of original speeds.
Whether you’re a gamer or a professional, the services that you require probably take up a lot of your computing power. With the 3D XPoint technology, we will see far more efficiency in accomplishing whatever we have in mind, whether that’s streaming youtube or developing the next big thing.