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Thanks for posting and providing your system details.
Intel® Optane™ memory requires GPT partition on the main drive (so that it boots in UEFI mode instead of Legacy). To transform your boot drive from MBR to GPT, you may use a Microsoft* tool called MBR2GPT. This is a free tool that was added to Windows 10* on Creators Update (version 1703) and forward. You can find more details here:
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If this doesn't work, a clean installation of the operating system is recommended directly on a GPT partition (boot mode most be configured as UEFI before installation).
Among your system details you mentioned a NVMe SSD (Samsung 960*). Please notice that Intel® Optane™ memory is compatible with SATA drives only. If you're booting from an NVMe SSD, the memory won't be able to accelerate your system. As suggested by Al Hill, you can review the product requirements here:
Please let us know if there's anything else we can do for you.
This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation
We're glad to be of help.
It's not like Intel® Optane™ is not compatible with M.2 drives specifically. M.2 is just a form factor and could either work with SATA or PCIe (NVMe) interfaces (this varies depending of the motherboard).
Even though we can't provide you with a technical reason why Intel® Optane™ is not compatible with NVMe drives, we can explain the intention behind the product. The idea is to bring slower SATA drives closer to NVMe speeds as possible. Slower drives such a mechanical HDD are specially benefited from this technology.
In your current scenario (booting from an already fast NVMe drive), the system performance won't be improved by Intel® Optane™ (as it is not compatible).
Let us know if there's anything else we can do for you.