We know that the high-end Nvidia GPUs like the GTX 1080 Ti as well as the Titan Xp use GDDR5X memory and that has been limited to 12.4 Gbps. That has changed now that Micron GDDR5X memory has surpassed that limitation. The company has been able to achieve 16 Gbps speed and while this will not affect current GPUs using Micron GDDR5X memory it will be great in the long run.
Micron is the first in the industry to pull this off and this has been done in optimal conditions in labs so it will take a while for this to pass on to consumer level GPUs but we do know for sure that it is possible. This is great not only for upcoming GPUs that will be using GDDR5X memory but also the ones that will be using GDDR6 memory as well.
We should be able to see GDDR6 memory in 2018 and it could be one of the major selling points of Volta-based gaming GPUs. Micron’s Kris Kido talked a bit about this achievement and the following is what he had to say about Micron GDDR5X memory:
I am excited to announce that our Graphics design team in Munich has achieved 16Gbps data rates in our high speed test environment—another first for memory industry. This result is based on measurements on a meaningful sampling size of our mass production G5X silicon – not theoretical simulation data. We strongly believe that our expertise and experience running ultra-high data rates on G5X is going to be a big advantage for driving performance in GDDR6.
The company is working on bringing GDDR6 to the mainstream and it will be interesting to see what kind of improvements this new and improved memory will have to offer as compared to GDDR5 and GDDR5X.
Let us know what you think about this achievement.