What is Intel® Optane™ memory technology?

Enjoy top-speed performance and high-capacity storage with Intel’s new Optane™ memory technology and HP...

09 Oct 2018

Intel® Optane technology is a relative newcomer to the world of computer memory. It works alongside traditional RAM to deliver the speed of SSD storage - without you having to pay the SSD price tag. 

Baffled by the jargon? Don't worry. We're here to help...

RAM - used by your computer to run programmes and perform tasks - everything from opening a file to cutting and pasting a sentence. 

HDD - the 'hard disk drive' stores all the information on your computer, including music, apps and photos.

SSD - a solid state drive is a superfast alternative to HDD. Devices featuring this tech tend to be pricier than their HDD equivalents. 

Optane™ – works with the RAM and HDD to speed up a computer's operating system and increase storage capacity - the perks of SSD without the price tag.

Intel Optane

What does Optane™ mean for your computing experience?

In a nutshell, you’ll enjoy faster load times and a computer that’s more responsive to commands. Why? Because system performance can be up to 28% faster with Intel® Optane™ memory.

For example – take a HP computer with 8GB RAM and 16GB Intel® Optane™ memory. With Optane™ bridging the gap between the RAM and HDD, it will perform 14 times faster than with just a hard drive. Everyday tasks happen twice as quickly.

Optane™ can be found on PCs and laptops with new Intel Core Processors. Like the HP ENVY 17-bw0003sa 17.3" Intel® Core™ i7 Laptop.

HP laptop with Intel Optane logo

Responsive and reliable, this is a laptop to surf, stream and create with. It’s got the powerful performance of an Intel® Core™ i7 processor – so you can create documents, edit videos and stream Netflix all at the same time – all while enjoying SSD-like speeds thanks to Intel® Optane™.

Other highlights include:

  •       Full HD 17.3” display – perfect for watching movies or viewing photographs
  •       1TB hard drive – room for all your files and creative projects
  •       B&O PLAY audio – for a fully immersive experience
  •       Wide Vision HD webcam – meaning high-quality Skype chats with all your friends
  •       10.5-hour battery life – enough to last you an entire working day (with enough left for the train ride home)
  •       Inbuilt disc drive – so you can watch DVDs on the go
  •       A stylish brushed keyboard with colour-matched hinges

Don’t need that much ‘oomph’ but still want a good all-rounder you can rely on? Then you’ll want the awesome HP 17-by0511sa 17.3" Intel® Core™ i3 Laptop.

HP Envy laptop with Intel Optane


An Intel® Core™ i3 processor has all the processing power you could need for day-to-day computing and streaming catch-up TV. Plus, Intel® Optane™ memory makes it super smooth and responsive.

Highlights include:

  •       A generous 17.3” display – great for streaming your favourite shows
  •       1 TB hard drive – plenty of storage space for files, music and more
  •       Wide Vision HD webcam that’ll make you look good from any angle
  •       11-hour battery life – ideal for working or web-surfing on the go
  •       HP Fast Charge – go from 0 to 50% power in just 45 minutes
  •       SD and Micro SD card reader – for when you want to take your files away with you

All of these HP laptops come with:

  • HP Jumpstart to aid the transfer from your old notebook to your new HP device
  • HP CoolSense, which monitors where and how you’re using your laptop and adjusts the fan and settings to keep it cooler for longer
  • 25GB Dropbox cloud storage with 1-year’s access
  • 30-day trial of McAfee LiveSafe
  • 1-month free trial of Netflix for new Microsoft Office 365 customers


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