Intel’s first client Optane SSD quadruples speeds

At CitizenCon, in Frankfurt, Germany, Intel has launched the Intel Optane SSD 900P series; the first SSD for desktop PC and workstation users built on Intel Optane technology.

It was announced in collaboration with Roberts Space Industries at the Star Citizen community gathering.

The Intel Optane SSD 900P series delivers low latency and what is claimed to be best-in-class random read and write performance at low queue depths – up to four times faster than competitive NAND-based SSDs. This opens up new possibilities, says Intel, as users can unlock more potential from their platform for the most demanding storage workloads, including 3D rendering, complex simulations, fast game load times and more. Up to 22 times more endurance than other drives also gives the heaviest users peace of mind.

“The Intel Optane SSD 900P series brings the workstation-class performance and industry-leading endurance of Intel Optane technology to a client SSD for the first time, and we know end users will find exciting ways to take advantage of the drive to do great things,” says Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, and director of strategic planning, marketing and business development. “We are eager to see the possibilities unlocked by software developers, like Roberts Space Industries with Star Citizen, and the SSD to offer users new ways to use larger data sets and more complex workloads to do more.”

During CitizenCon, Intel demonstrated the unique universe of Star Citizen on Intel Core i9 processor gaming systems equipped with the Intel Optane SSD 900P series.

“The Intel® Optane SSD 900P series is amazingly fast, easily the fastest drive I have ever used,” said Chris Roberts, chairman and CEO at Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries. “Our Star Engine developers have been working on technology to improve loading times using new techniques developed for Star Citizen and optimised for the Intel Optane SSD 900P series, which is the fastest SSD we’ve tested. We continue to enhance Star Citizen so the performance benefits with Intel Optane drives will continue to grow, alongside Star Citizen, into the future.”

The Intel Optane SSD 900P series is available through local online retail outlets worldwide.

The two companies also announced that an exclusive in-game ship, the Sabre Raven, will come with all Intel Optane SSD 900P series purchases for a limited time.

http://www.intel.com

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