If you’re a PC gamer, prepare for the possibility of even faster graphics card performance as Samsung Electronics has officially started mass production of their high speed 16 GB DRAM GDDR6 memory.
The successor to the currently available GDDR5 memory, GDDR6 is meant to solve the growing pains of the ever-hungry advanced graphics market. The upcoming DRAM will be used in the latest upcoming gaming platforms and graphics cards but will also see use in automotive, networking and advanced A.I systems.
Although not as fast as the 2nd Generation 8GB HMB2 ‘Aquabolt’ DRAM memory solution they announced last week, GDDR6 memory still has some pretty impressive numbers behind it. Which is good for gamers, as GDDR6 is being touted as the cheaper alternative to the 8GB HMB2 Aquabolt so you could see cheaper, powerful cards hitting the market soon.
With PC games becoming more and more graphically intensive as the years go by, the speedier GDDR6 DRAM will help us maintain that buttery smooth framerate that we’ve gotten accustomed to when gaming on the PC.
With all the recent announcements, Samsung seems to be taking the charge in the competitive and fast-changing DRAM market.
Samsung’s senior vice-president of Memory Product Planning, Jinman Han said in a statement that, “By introducing next-generation GDDR6 products, we will strengthen our presence in the gaming and graphics card markets and accommodate the growing need for advanced graphics memory in automotive and network systems”.
The new GDDR6 memory will reach data transmission speeds of up to 18 Gbps per pin with a 16GB density, allowing for high-end GPUs with up to 24GB in VRAM and a massive 864 GB/s bandwidth. Making it noticeably fast than the last generation’s GDDR5 memory which achieves a top data transfer speed of around 12 Gbps.
The upcoming 16GB GDDR6 DRAM will also be more power efficient, taking advantage of a revamped circuit design; requiring only 1.35V compared to GDDR5’s 1.55V. Samsung’s 10nm 16GB GDDR6 memory will also provide a manufacturing productivity gain of over 30% its 20nm 8GB GDDR5 predecessor.
These technical upgrades should excite PC gamers as they will allow for almost twice the VRAM capacity of current graphics cards. Memory Bandwidth will also see a considerable bump on next-generation GPUs using GDDR6 VRAM, allowing maximum bandwidth output of around 864 GB/s on 384-bit card and a 576 GB/s on a 256-bit card.
Are you excited about Samsung’s upcoming GDDR6 memory? Or are the upgrades not significant enough to warrant a switch from GDDR5? Let us know in the comments below.