Intel recently launched their Optane storage. Which basically provides its users with a storage solution. That is much faster than the current NVME platform, at a much lower price. For now Intel would be introducing two variants of the Intel Optane storage. That would include a 16GB and a 32GB M.2 stick. Where the goal of Intel Optane is to breathe some life into old computers with HDD and SDD technology. By providing them with high speed cache.
As good as it may sound the technology can only be utilized with using the latest Intel 7thgen Kaby Lake processors. Aside from that users would also need a motherboard that has an M.2 slot to support Intel Optane storage. Though till now we thought one could use any Intel 7th gen processor to take advantage of Intel Optane storage. But that seems to be not the case as Intel has shared some more info regarding the compatibility of Optane.
Intel has made a comprehensive list on what processors will supports Intel Optane storage on their website. But in general Intel Optane storage will only be compatible with Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. Anything below that does not count. Either you have a Pentium, Celeron or the Core Y series processors.
What this basically means is that for budget PC builders. Who usually go for the Intel Celeron or Pentium processor. Would not have the benefit of running Intel Optane storage. Instead they would need to get a pair of SSD for themselves. Do note that before getting all the parts to build a PC. Do get the Intel Core 7th gen processors. If you want to go for Intel Optane.
The main idea of Intel Optane was to breathe life into old systems with old hardware. But it’s disappointing to see Intel supporting only high end processors in their 7th gen Intel family.