While Intel recently announced its 800P Optane series SSDs for consumers at CES in Las Vegas, a new type of Optane cache module has appeared on websites of several online retailers. The new modules go by the name ‘M10’ and will be available in capacities of up to 64GB.
The M10 series SSDs will be available in the M.2 2280 form-factor and use the PCIe 3.0 interface. They can be used to store frequently accessed data, while less frequently stored data is stored on slower storage mediums, like traditional SSDs or HDDs.
The Xpoint memory of the Optane drives should ensure low latency and higher throughput than traditional SSDs. The drives are also more expensive than traditional SSDs. The M10 modules are listed for prices of $47.58 for the 16GB model, $82.03 for the 32GB model and $154.37 for the largest, 64GB model.
The drives are currently only available for pre-order, it’s unknown when the drives become generally available.