Solved Which Would Be More Beneficial? NVMe Boot or Optane Memory?

April 13, 2019 at 19:48:28
Specs: Windows 10
Looking into buying a new system, sooner than later

Which you think be more beneficial for a power user? Apparently, I have read you can not have Optane Memory and a NVMe drive. Optane Memory works only with a single SATA drive.

256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 1TB (or 2TB) 7200RPM SATA HDD (Storage)


8GB 2666MHz DDR4 DRAM + 16GB Intel Optane Memory
16GB 2666MHz DDR4 DRAM + 16GB Intel Optane Memory
......and with that Optane Memory I can only pick one spinning drive (without NVMe boot).

I know the benefits of each, but truthfully not sure which to chose over the other since only one can be an option, unless I really want to customarily build my own from scratch again, but I got no time for that really right now.

This system will be running a lot of applications and I will be utilizing three monitors. Possible two on Display Port and one on DVI (using my DVI/VGA adapter).



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April 13, 2019 at 20:10:08
8GB (or 16GB) DDR4 + 16GB Optane + 1TB (or 2TB) HDD

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April 13, 2019 at 20:38:33
I tend to prefer discrete drives I can control. As such, I'd pick the SSD and HDD combo.

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April 13, 2019 at 21:11:03
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With the price of good PCIe NVMe drive coming down I would go with a WD Black M.2 PCIe drive 500GB and a WD Black 1-2GB HD. With the SSD drive of 256GB or larger you can run Windows plus nearly every program and all of your games off it and get full speed access to all of it instead of only most commonly used items. On the larger SSD drive (500GB size range) you will get even faster access times than the 256GB ones and fit all of your saved games without problems and the hard drive will store all of your music, pictures, videos, work files, etc.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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