Intel® Optane™ Memory: Before You Buy, Key Requirements


Product Information & Documentation



Intel® Optane™ memory is a system acceleration solution for 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor-based platforms or later, it is based on Intel® Optane™ memory media and the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) driver. Intel® Optane™ memory enables the system to access information more quickly with improved overall system responsiveness.

A high-capacity storage device coupled with Intel® Optane™ memory offers the best of both worlds: high-speed acceleration and large storage capacity.

  • For specific laptop compatibility, work with your laptop vendor.
  • Inclusion on the hardware list isn't an endorsement by Intel.
  • Some motherboards may require a BIOS update for Intel® Optane™ memory support.

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What is system acceleration?
  • System acceleration refers to the effect that Intel® Optane™ memory has on a computer. It enables faster task completion and reduces the wait time compared to a computer without Intel® Optane™ memory .
  • Responsiveness refers to how quickly the PC completes end user requests compared to the same PC without Intel® Optane™ memory, such as:
    • Start or boot
    • Search and find files
    • Save and move large files
    • Launch applications
    • Game level loading
What are the available capacities of Intel® Optane™ memory?
What are the base requirements to run Intel® Optane™ memory?
Note For complete details see the Installation and User Guide.
  • Specific processor and Chipset support: Confirm support in the Intel® RST driver release notes and the motherboard/system vendors support site.
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory ready UEFI BIOS.
  • Windows® 10 x64.
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15.5 or newer driver.
    • Some features/capabilities and product generations are only supported on later drivers, so it's recommended to always use the latest supported Intel® RST driver/SW available, that is supported, for your platform.
    • The Intel® Optane™ Memory and Storage Management application requires the Intel® RST driver 16.8.x and later to be installed on the system.
  • Drive to be accelerated1:
    • The Intel® SSD 660p/665p Series built with Intel QLC NAND1 drive or SATA-based drive as a boot or secondary/data drive2.
      • A single drive with multiple operating systems isn't supported with system acceleration and results are not guaranteed. 
      • Dual OS Boot systems--systems with more than one storage drive, each containing an OS--aren't supported and results can't be guaranteed.
    • GPT Partition table is a required format for the drive being accelerated.3 (Drives setup with MBR partition tables aren't supported for acceleration.)
    • 5MB available at the end of disk.

1 Supported with Intel® RST driver/SW and later
2 Data/secondary drive acceleration is supported on select Processor/Chipsets and Intel® RST drivers, see complete information.
3 If the operating system was installed with the Boot mode set to Legacy the partition style will be MBR, which is not supported. Only GPT format is supported. It is recommended to backup all data, change the Boot mode to UEFI and reinstall the OS before proceeding.  You can also try this method that does not require an OS install: Converting a Data SSD or SSD with Windows* Installation from Legacy to UEFI without Data Loss.

Where can I buy and see a list of compatible Intel® Optane™ memory ready motherboards?

Contact the motherboard vendors listed for Intel Optane memory ready motherboards.

How do I install Intel® Optane™ Memory?

Follow the instructions in the Intel® Optane™ Memory Installation Guide, or watch the videos.

Warranty information
Information on warranties is available.


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Error Codes and Messages While Using Intel® Optane™ Memory System Acceleration
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