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Optane really makes it feel like a much more expensive computer. The first time anything is loaded it feel like it's running from a HDD, but the second time it's much faster. I haven't measured the boot times, but they are much quicker than before I had installed Optane.
The installation of Optane can be difficult there are all kinds of things that can keep it from working and the error messages aren't helpful at all. The first step was to make sure the BIOS detected the Optane module which needed a BIOS update. I wasn't able to get MSI's BIOS updater to work until I activated Windows. I'm not 100% sure the activation was the issue, but it seemed to work right after I activated Windows. Once the BIOS was updated I had to look up the correct settings and once it was set I was sure it was going to work, but it didn't I got another error from Intel's Optane software. Turns out installing the software is the last thing you do and if you install it too soon it won't work until it's uninstalled and reinstalled.