Intel can't give this Optane shit away, eh?
Using the smaller drives as a cache is limited to Intel.The biggest negative is I'd probably prefer to buy a Ryzen processor or Threadripper processor and Optane has artificially been limited to Intel only.
It will work as any other SSD as long as the motherboard supports booting from M.2 or a PCIe drive.Nenu is correct. I too once thought these drives wouldn't work on an AMD platform, but they will as a standard nvme drive. I don't think you'll be able to boot from it, but it will work as a data drive after the OS is up and running.
Thanks for the clarification! Good to know. I have a Ryzen system and just bought a WD Black 1TB nvme drive. From what I'm seeing from the review on The SSDReview site, the drive is a notch below the 960 pro, at close to $150 cheaper. If Optane ever comes down in price I'd have no hesitations on switching to it as the primary boot/program drive.It will work as any other SSD as long as the motherboard supports booting from M.2 or a PCIe drive.
AND YET - it's the fastest thing out there in most of it's formats. Look at the benchmarks!!! If I were building a machine right now - I'd use it. The biggest negative is I'd probably prefer to buy a Ryzen processor or Threadripper processor and Optane has artificially been limited to Intel only.
A 6 or 8TB 7,200 RPM hard-drive and a $50 optane makes for a faster (and WAY cheaper) experience than the best flash based SSD out there.
Install the OS to your HDD, and then install the Optane drivers. Please note that Optane will only work for your boot volume, it won't work for a non-boot volume.