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Posted · Original PosterOP

to start off, i used pcpartpicker to build my current system.


current build 

PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $379.99 @ Best Buy
CPU Cooler Corsair H80i 77 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.99 @ Amazon
Thermal Compound Noctua NT-H1 3.5 g Thermal Paste $7.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $299.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $204.99 @ Amazon
Storage Corsair Force LS 60 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.98 @ Amazon
Storage Patriot Blaze 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $124.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $69.99 @ B&H
Storage Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $73.88 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $155.18 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB FTW3 ULTRA+ Video Card $589.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define R6 ATX Mid Tower Case  
Power Supply Corsair Professional 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $49.88 @ Other World Computing
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $139.99 @ Other World Computing
Software Microsoft Office Professional 2016 Software  
Software Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 14 Software  
Software Nero 2016 Platinum Software  
Software Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite Software  
Software Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017 Software $448.00 @ Newegg
Wired Network Adapter Intel EXPI9301CTBLK PCIe x1 1000 Mbit/s Network Adapter $31.97 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.88 CFM 120 mm Fans $82.68 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer S201HLbd 20.0" 1600x900 60 Hz Monitor  
Monitor Asus VN289QR 28.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor  
Keyboard SteelSeries Merc Stealth Wired Ergonomic Keyboard  
Mouse Razer Basilisk Wired Optical Mouse $39.99 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech Z906 500 W 5.1 Channel Speakers $299.99 @ Amazon
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total (before mail-in rebates) $3214.37
  Mail-in rebates -$30.00
  Total $3184.37
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-26 09:21 EST-0500  


when i first built the system, i had a 32gb optane module. i replaced that module with an intel ssd for my main games that i play.


i have this optane module sitting here collecting dust but i would like to use it. if you looked at the picker build, the corsair 60gb ssd was subbed for a king dian 60gb sata ssd that i picked up from a local auction spot for a couple bucks (literally $3), and have been using that as a write around cache drive using intel's cache acceleration software. i don't really know if that is even making a difference, i really have no way to measure or anything like that. i'm tech savvy, but not THAT savvy.


question time.

can the optane module be used as it normally would if put into a m.2 to pcie slot adapter?

would using the optane module as a cache drive be better than the king dian ssd?

can the module be used to cache more than one drive using the optane software?

lastly, would my original though, putting the module into an adapter to be recognized as only a drive and using it to cache using intal cache acceleration software, be the way to go?


i would really appreciate the communities help.


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4 minutes ago, blkdrgn613 said:



The URL gets us back to this thread.

Don't forget to quote (arrow bottom left of the message) or use name tag (@name) for us to see your answer.




My computer

CPU : I7-8700k, All core 5.1GHz 1,285v, 4.9GHz uncore

CPU cooler : Noctua NH-U14S

GPU : Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 64

Motherboard : Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra

RAM : 32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 3600 MHz CL15

SSD : Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2,5" + Sabrent Rocket 1TB M.2

HDD : Seagate BarraCuda 4TB 3,5" 5400RPM

Case : Phanteks ECLIPSE P600S Black 

PSU : Corsair HX Platinum 850W

Others : Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap x3 top exhaust

Noctua NF-A14 PWM chromax.black.swap x3 front intake, x1 rear exhaust, x1 on the CPU cooler

Noctua NA-HC6 chromax.black on the CPU cooler


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I would put the m2 disk you are not booting from in an expantion board instead, and use the optane module as it should be used. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I actually hadn't thought of that. Would you happen to know how exactly I should use the module since I am booting from an nvme ssd? 

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sorry.. i never tried one, but i see it's an install guide in your mainboard manual. 

i have 64GB ram are are using ramcache to get that same boost. :)... shhh .. it's even faster. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

physical install not a problem, as i used it before. i was just hoping for use cases. i think originally it was only letting me accelerate the 1 tb wd green drive. the main reason i swapped it for the 500gb ssd. i was originally using that green drive for lesser game installs before adding the pair of 3tb drives that i use for video storage and other misc storage.

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I assume it's doing exactly the same as ramcache, atleast that's the whole idea, except, i assume ram is a bit faster than nvme drives. 

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