Thank you for your interest in the Intel® Optane™ Memory.
Unlike the Intel® Optane™ Memory, the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P Series is not a system acceleration solution, so it is not intended to be used as a cache drive. Both devices share the Optane™ label because they are based on the 3D XPoint™ technology.
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Regarding your question about the “injection” of the drivers before or after the OS installation, there is no performance advantage per se. This is an option that we provide to customers that may want to install the OS on multiple systems, since integrating the drivers to the image may safe some time.
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Cool, that was most of what I needed to know.
Just interested in the "not intended to be used as a cache drive" part. Is that "it will work but its not designed to be used like this" or "it wont work at all this way"?
I really hate multiple drive letters so cache + main drive would have been optimal.
I am thinking that in any event the 900P is a killer OS drive and I could always just use a 2nd larger drive for less often used/less disk access dependent stuff.
What I meant that is that it is not designed to be used as cache drive. I haven’t personally tested this drive as secondary cache drive for a primary hard drive (it is not a validated configuration) so I can’t assure you that it will work.
I understand that you find more convenient to have a cache + main drive configuration, but due to the features and specifications of the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P Series, the performance of your system will probably be better the way you pointed it out: Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P as primary drive and a second, larger drive, for less frequently accessed data.
Since I am likely going to go with a 900P as a boot drive as a 2nd option anyway I will test this and report back, it will be a week or so from now.
Thinking about this more I think I remember running into a similar situation back when we were using SATA SSDs to cache 64 gigs of data via Intel SRT.
You could use a 64 gig partition for SRT and the rest could become a NTFS folder mounted within your OS drive.
You would have the same effect here. 1 drive letter and the entire SSD would be used, 64 gigs for SRT, the rest as a "fast" folder reserved for certain apps/data.
I kind of have a feeling that I can do something similar here. I will let you know either way.
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Final build and preliminary Optane testing is complete. I am happy to report that the 280GB U.2 Optane drive is indeed 100% compatible with Optane cache software.
I used a 1TB for testing purposes but will be jumping up to a 4TB Samsung 860 EVO drive now that I am 100% sure that all of this works.
I am attaching a screenshot of the final test results proving that indeed this does work.
Just to make things clear for anyone fallowing along, this is a corner case I was trying to solve. I needed to build a high performance system that was not cluttered with multiple drive letters or other obvious multiple drive annoyances.
This is a working (but expensive) workaround until Optane class SSDs reach 4TB+ in size.
The final setup is complete, I am blown away by the performance.
The final build boots from Dr. Debug completion to desktop in 2 seconds, maybe even a little less. The UEFI post actually takes longer to complete than booting the OS does.