Intel has quietly expanded Optane support to include 8th-gen and above Pentium and Celeron processors. Aside from the 8th-gen requirement (the report at Tom's Hardware lists this as 7th-gen or above, but Intel's release notes specify 8th-gen) users must also be running Rapid Storage Technology (RST) drivers version 17.2 or later, and have a compatible BIOS.
The direct quote from Intel's driver release description:
"Intel® Optane™ memory support extended to desktop Intel® Pentium™ and Intel® Celeron™ processors starting with Intel 8th generation systems and Intel® RST 17.2 driver or later. You must have the corresponding system BIOS for support. Consult your motherboard/system vendor for more information."
The latest driver (Intel Optane Memory User Interface and Driver for System Acceleration) was actually released back on February 20, and is currently version 220.127.116.119.
Woo. Now do 2nd gen Cores
Woo. Now do 2nd gen Cores next. And make me a uefi/bios while you’re at it, Intel.
There are plenty of older
There are plenty of older generation CPUs still in use out there. How about those? Its a much larger market.