Remember back in April that we mentioned Intel to offer Core+ bundles? That is a Core i5/i7/i9 Processors Bundled with Optane Cache SSD. Intel started to push its partners to bundle the processors and motherboards with Optane.
You might have noticed a lack of these SKUs in the stores, as Intel halts these models. Tom's Hardware has found out that no new orders will be accepted after 30 September 2019 That little + means, well, it simply means that the product is Optane ready and bundled. There were merely three Core+ bundles available, an Core i7+8700, i5+8400, and i5+8500 plus a 16GB Optane Memory stick, all are to be discontinued. Optane caching was three years ago, however, most users didn’t find the relative little speed improvement worth the considerable higher price as a regular SSD is (for most) the way to go.
An intersting fact is that Micron made these units, and Intel and Micron halted their joint development of 3D XPoint memory (the memory tech behind Octane) back in July.