Intel last week notified its customers that it plans to discontinue production of the Optane SSD DC P4800X, one of the latest 3D XPoint memory-based devices. The manufacturer indicated that he would complete the last deliveries of these drives before the end of September.
Intel has reached out to customers with the option to order 375GB, 750GB, and 1.5TB PCIe 3.0 x4 Optane SSD DC P4800X SSDs by May 30, 2023, as it plans to make final shipments of these drives not later than May 30, 2023. later than September 30 of this year. The company is also releasing these drives in a 2.5-inch U.2 media form factor. Their deliveries will continue after the designated date, but it is obvious that in the future the manufacturer will also stop selling them.
Although Intel officially divested itself of its Optane product business last year, the company continues to sell 3D XPoint memory-based drives for the data center. Intel’s product range still includes the Optane SSD P1600X, Optane SSD DC D4800X, Optane SSD DC P5800X/P5801X, and Optane SSD DC P5810X storage models. In addition, the company continues to implement Optane memory modules. However, given that new 3D XPoint memory chips are no longer produced, it is quite clear that the manufacturer is simply selling off the leftovers.
The high cost of Optane drives with 3D XPoint memory has been one of the key factors why they have not gained popularity among mainstream consumers. However, 3D XPoint memory is significantly more reliable than 3D NAND flash chips, so demand for Optane drives with an endurance rating of 100 writes per day is still high from data center holders, even despite their high cost.
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