Integrating the technology into a PC requires expertise and knowledge so it is not intended to be sold as a standalone add on or aftermarket upgrade. It should only be integrated by VARs after reviewing the detailed information provided by ASI. Proper integration requires an Intel approved chipset, a motherboard with a PCIex4 Gen 3 M.2 slot, the correct motherboard BIOS, and the correct setup of the proper Intel RST driver.
It’s important to note that having a board with a compatible chipset does not mean that the motherboard manufacturer has created the proper firmware or BIOS revisions to support the H10 solution so ASI has compiled a list of Intel Optane Memory H10 motherboards for resellers. The list is made up of those boards that have all the required drivers, firmware, and BIOS versions available from the manufacturer. The Optane Memory H10 MB compatibility list includes ASI’s SKU, manufacturer’s model number, BIOS version and link for downloading the BIOS.
In addition, ASI has created and is providing a step by step how to guide for integrating the Intel Optane Memory H10 solution. This guide along with the motherboard compatibility list and other information on this web site will help provide you with the training and knowledge to integrate the H10 technology.
The Intel chipsets that officially support H10 are the Z490, W480, H470, Q470, B460, Z390, Q370, H370, B360, B365, and Z370. As noted, just because a board has a compatible chipset does not mean that board is compatible with H10 as it is also dependent upon the MB manufacturer providing a BIOS and firmware that supports H10. In addition, the manufacturer will have to design the board with a PCIe x 4 Gen 3 M.2 slot that supports the M-Key type which all M.2 PCIex4 will support. If any of these are not available the board will not be compatible with H10.
Each motherboard manufacturer will need to provide the proper BIOS and firmware updates to support H10. ASI is updating our list but all boards listed have links to download the required BIOS/Firmware.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology or RST is a software tool that helps to manage the systems storage. It works with Intel Optane Memory H10 cache to personalize your experience by remembering the most frequently used tasks for faster access. When data is sent to the drive Intel RST determines if the workload consists of frequently accessed data in which case it is stored in the Intel Optane Memory H10 cache or if it is not accessed frequently it is stored in the SSD portion of the drive.
The Intel Optane Memory H10 is supported by Windows 10 64 bit RS5 (1809) or 19H1 (1903) so the proper operating system version and set up is also part of the equation.
Intel Optane Memory H10 Compatibility Guide
|Intel H10 Requirement
|Correct Platform Chipset?
|Z490, W480, H470, Q470, B460, Z390, H370, Q370, B360, B365, Z370
|Intel H10 supported BIOS installed
|At least one M.2 80mm, PCIe Gen3 x4, M-key
|Windows 10 64-bit RS5 (1809) or 19H1 (1903)
|Latest Intel RST?
|Version 17.9 or above
ASI Intel Optane Memory H10 Motherboard Compatibility List
This list is compiled of motherboards that have an Intel Optane Memory H10 compatible chipset, the proper M.2 slot, and a BIOS version that supports H10. We have reviewed motherboards for both the Intel 10th Generation Processor and the Intel 9th Generation Processor.
Intel 10th Generation Processor Motherboards
Intel 10th Generation Core Processor Motherboards ship with an Intel 400 series chipset. All 400 series chipsets except the H410 support the requirement for a bifurcated M.2 PCIe x4 slot where the slot is divided through BIOS to allow for one PCIex2 for the SSD and one PCIex2 for the Optane cache to support the Optane H10. Also, all ASUS and MSI 400 series MBs have H10 support built in to their native BIOS. Therefore, all ASUS and MSI Intel 10th Generation motherboards with an Intel 400 series chipset except the H410 have native support for the Intel Optane H10 SSD. You still of course will need to install the proper Intel RST driver to setup the H10 and have the proper OS as outlined in this web content.
Intel 9th Generation Processor Motherboards
Compatibility with these motherboards is a little more limited than is the case for Intel 10th Generation Processor motherboards because the Intel Optane H10 was launched after the motherboards so not all boards have the proper chipset and not all boards have BIOS support. While there may be other boards with compatible chipsets, which include the Z390, H370, B360 and newer versions like the B365 that provide H10 support, ASI is only listing boards we have validated for having an H10 BIOS available for download. Other boards that meet the fundamental hardware requirements but do not have a BIOS posted for download are not listed.
|Minimum BIOS Version Needed
|ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI)
|ROG MAXIMUS XI FORMULA
|ROG MAXIMUS XI CODE
|ROG MAXIMUS XI EXTREME
|ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING
|ROG STRIX Z390-H GAMING
|ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING
|TUF Z390-PRO GAMING
|TUF Z390M-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)
|TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING (WI-FI)
|PRIME Q370M-C/CSM (bulk)
|TUF H370-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)
|ROG STRIX B360-H GAMING
|ROG STRIX B360-H GAMING/OPTANE
|ROG STRIX B360-I GAMING
|PRIME B360M-C/CSM (bulk)
|TUF B360-PLUS GAMING
|TUF B360-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)
|TUF B360M-E GAMING
|TUF B360M-PLUS GAMING
|TUF B360M-PLUS GAMING S