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Intel Revealed P4800X Optane SSD

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Intel has revealed a $1,520 Optane SSD DC P4800X, and has announced it will start shipping by the end of the year. The first model available will be a 375GB version on a PCIe card that reportedly shows some pretty impressive latency and load numbers. It particularly targets the data center market. 

Intel says the SSD is built with 3D Xpoint media, as well as the company's memory, controllers, interconnect IP and Intel software. The chip-making giant says it will offer "an industry-leading combination of low latency, high endurance, QoS and high throughput." It should offer 30 drive writes per day (DWPD), which is better than the 0.5 to 10 DWPD rating for NAND SSDs. 

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The company says the P4800x offers excellent performance at low queue depth, and that's important because the majority of apps generate low queue depth workloads. Intel says the Optane SSD P4800X Series will aid with artificial intelligence, machine learning, trading firms and to offer "deeper insights into medical scans." 

The SSD can also be used as RAM. That's because it's built with Intel Memory Drive Technology that helps expand data centers memory pools by displacing a portion of DRAM. A U.2 version of the 375GB version will be available before the end of the year as well. A 1.5TV PCIe card version and a 750GB and 1.5TB U.2 sticks are planned for later.