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Refurbished Laptop Bought with Optane. Should I upgrade?

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  1. technorama

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    Hi folks,

    Looking for some advice. I've just bought a new laptop with the following specs:

    Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3GHz
    8GB DDR4 2666MHz
    16GB Intel Optane
    1TB 5400 rpm HDD

    However, because I bought a refurbished model, it was significantly cheaper than it would have been new. I don't need the hard-drive space, as I have a home network which holds all my multimedia etc. I plan to use the machine for general everyday tasks and light gaming.

    I don't really understand whether Optane + HDD is better than SDD. Would it be worth spending a little of the money I saved on upgrading the HDD to a 250GB SSD (SATA 6.0GB/S, 560 MB/S READ, 510 MB/S WRITE)?

    Many thanks for your help.
    T.
     
  2. SpywareDr

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    Intel claims Optane Memory performance is as good or better than an SSD's, offering better latency by magnitudes and the ability to peak at much lower queue depths.
     
  3. lynx1021

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    From what I understand the Optane boost mechanical hard drives performance but doesn't do anything for SSD's.
     
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    I'm not sure if this is viewable to everyone. This is from Fred Langa who has been writing for tech magazines and sites for decades. He had a 2 month series on using Optane RAM in his PC.
    https://www.askwoody.com/askwoody-n...sing-windows-updates-every-month/#langalist-0
     
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    I would use the laptop for a while as it is now to see if it works fast enough for your needs, then decide if you need an SSD.

    Bear in mind an SSD will only speed up the movement of files from drive to ram and vice-versa, it won't speed up browsing or game-play.
     
  6. AmyToo

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    An SSD beats a spinning drive hands down.
     
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    baby-canyon-tall-nuc-frontangle-i5-i7-16x9.png.rendition.intel.web.416.234.png Recently i purchased a intel nuc
    it also had a 1tb 5400 hdd and a 16gb optane stick installed
    the optane is to speed up/enhance the 54oo hhd performance
    it ran pretty good, but i couldn't resist cloning the hdd to a samsung ssd
    now i have the option to leave the optane enable or disabled via the IRS software
    now it runs great......
    and to be honest its hard to tell the difference using a ssd
     
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