MSI’s new ‘OPT BOOST’ motherboards will come bundled with a 16GB Intel Optane Memory module (Updated)
MSI’s new ‘OPT BOOST’ motherboards will come bundled with a 16GB Intel Optane Memory module
Updated on 28 April 2017: Added details on local prices.
Originally published on 26 April 2017:
MSI has announced three new Intel 200-series motherboards that come pre-installed with a 16GB Intel Optane Memory module. MSI’s existing 200-series boards already support Optane with a BIOS update, so it looks like the company is simply looking to make things more convenient for users.
The new ‘OPT BOOST’ boards include the Z270 Tomahawk OPT BOOST, the B250M Bazooka OPT BOOST, and the B250M Pro OPT BOOST, all of which are entry-level to mid-range boards targeted at more price-sensitive consumers.
According to MSI, the bundled Intel Optane Memory drive represents an added value of US$50 for free, and it’s those who absolutely require high-capacity HDDs who will benefit the most from the speed boost.
These 3D XPoint-based Optane Memory modules improve drive performance by serving as a speedy cache for frequently accessed data, thus speeding up boot times, application load speeds, and other aspects of system performance.
That said, you’ll also need an Intel Kaby Lake processor for the drive to work properly, so that’s something to take note of.
In addition, MSI has done more than just install the Optane Memory drive into a pre-existing M.2 socket, and it’s also included a second M.2 socket in case you wish to step up to a dedicated PCIe SSD.
The OPT BOOST boards are available in both ATX and micro-ATX form factors – the Tomahawk board is the larger one while the Bazooka caters to smaller systems.
The good news is that you'll be able to buy them here, and the Tomahawk will retail for S$320, while the Bazooka will cost S$233.
However, no details on the B250M Pro OPT BOOST are available yet, although it was announced together with the other two boards.