Optane memory or nvme drive?

Alan Silverman
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In those systems with 16GB of optane memory and a regular mechanical sata drive, would it be better to replace the optane memory  with a nvme drive?  I have a customer getting a system  to produce music. It  comes with 16 GB of optane memory and a regular hard drive. The optane only speeds up the operating system. I’m thinking it would be better to take out the optane memory and replace it with a nvme drive. They’re cheap these days.
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Al
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Nolan MasonIT Professional

Commented:
I would go with a good NVMe SSD.  Optane is good for speeding up systems with mechanical drives, but it has very little performance advantage over a fast SSD.
Technical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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We work with a number of different environments where rendering, video work, and image work are the norm.

The best all-around storage platform to get things done is on a NVMe PCIe Add-in-Card bar none.

Make sure the card is large enough to handle the scratch disk(s) and any audio/video/raw work files needed.

16GB is merely a cache for the OS and apps to start quicker.

EDIT: And 10GbE for network.

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That's what I thought.  
Thanks,
Al

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Philip,
Is a 250GB nvme drive big enough to do the job?
Thanks again,
Alan
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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Best to check with the end user for their storage needs.

1TB is probably the best place to start.

I do suggest paying extra for an Enterprise grade NVMe drive as it will have Power Loss Protection (PLP) that would protect any data in the NVMe drive's on board DRAM cache in the event of power loss.

If budget is important, there are quite a lot of the Intel 750 Series NVMe drives on various auction sites. They have PLP.

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