by Lyle Smith

Intel Optane Memory M15 Announced

Intel has announced the next generation M15 Intel Optane memory, featuring performance enhancements over its predecessor, the M10. Designed for 7th Gen or later Intel Core platforms, the Intel Optane memory M15 features two extra PCIe lanes, which allow for higher throughput bandwidth to significantly improve system acceleration and responsiveness. In addition, the next-gen Optane memory adds incremental NVMe features, improved low power states, improved power state transitions, and used an 80mm M.2 form factor with a PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe interface.

The M15 combines Intel Optane technology with the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to increase overall system responsiveness. It does this by placing new memory media between the processor and hard drives, which gives users the ability to store hot data and programs closer to the processor. Intel claims that this will give the system quicker access to this information. Moreover, because users constantly change their computing habits, Intel has equipped the M15 memory with built-in intelligence to adapt and enable a “responsive, accelerated computing experience.”

Intel Optane Memory M15 Specifications

  • Model: Intel Optane Memory M15
  • Capacity and Form Factor: M.2 80mm: 16, 32, 64GB
  • Weight: Less than 10 grams
  • Components:
    • Intel Optane memory module with Intel® Optane memory media
    • Intel Controller and Firmware
    • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 17 or later driver
    • Interface: PCIe 3.0x4 with NVMe
  • Performance:
  • Sequential R/W: Up to 2000/900 MB/s
  • QD4 4KB3 Random R/W: Up to 450k/220k IOPS
  • Latency: Average Read/Write: 6.75/12 μs (TYP)
  • Endurance:
    • 200 GB Writes Per Day
    • Up to 365 TBW
  • Reliability:
    • 1.6 million hours Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF)
    • 1 sector per 1015 bits read Uncorrectable Bit Error (UBER)
  • Power:
    • 3.3V Supply Rail
    • Active: up to 5.5W
    • Deep Sleep/L1.2: <5mW
  • Temperature:
  • Operating: 0 to 850c
    • Non-Operating: -40 to 850c
    • Operating System Support: Windows 10* 64 bit
  • Supported Platforms: 7th Gen or newer Intel® Core™ Processor-based Platforms
  • Compliance:
    • NVM Express 1.1
    • PCI Express Base Specification Rev 3.0
    • PCI M.2 Hardware Specifications
    • Ecological: European Union (ED) RoHS Compliance Directives
  • Warranty: 5-year limited warranty


Backed by a 5-year warranty, the Intel Optane memory M15 will be available mid-Q3 and in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. 

Intel Optane Memory M15

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