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Intel will stop offering its 8th-gen Intel “Core+” CPU and Optane memory bundles for desktops

By Wong Chung Wee - on 17 Jan 2019, 9:45am

Intel will stop offering its 8th-gen Intel “Core+” CPU and Optane memory bundles for desktops

Intel announced its 8th generation Intel Core+ bundle in April last year, when it unveiled Coffee Lake processors and touted both desktop and mobile CPUs’ support for Intel Optane Memory, a key to data drive acceleration. Any system that is sold with Intel Optane storage can be identified with these new platform identifier badges; most notably differentiated by the "+" in the branding.

According to Intel, the Data Drive Acceleration feature of Optane Memory will provide up to 4.7X faster game loading and up to 1.7X faster media loading times. But due to weak demand, the Intel Core i7+8700, i5+8400 and i5+8500 CPUs will be discontinued. Intel also stated that customers, who require the affected products, to place their orders by 30 September 2019. However, their order might not be fulfilled due to a lack of supply.

The cessation of the Intel “Core+” processors is most likely from the fallout effect from Intel’s decision to dissolve its 3D XPoint partnership with Micron. The promised performance gains of 3D XPoint memory didn’t materialize and the popularity of NAND-base SSDs could have contributed to the former’s weak market demand.

The 3D XPoint memory technology will not fade into oblivion as Micron will proceed to buy out Intel's share of their joint Optane fab. In a statement to PC World, Intel will continue to offer Optane products and will continue to expand our product line and lead the industry with this exciting, new technology.”

(Source: PC World, Tom’s Hardware)

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