In one more signal that next-generation graphics playing cards will likely be arriving on the scene comparatively quickly, Samsung has now formally launched the reminiscence chips that can go into high-end choices within the subsequent spherical of GPUs. These are the identical lightning-fast 24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM chips that Samsung introduced final December, which leaves the present crop of GDDR6X reminiscence within the rear view mirror.
The new DRAM is constructed on Samsung’s third-generation 10-nanometer class (1z) course of utilizing excessive ultraviolet (EUV) expertise.
“Engineered with an innovative circuit design and a highly advanced insulating material (High-K Metal Gate; HKMG) that minimizes current leakage, Samsung’s 24Gbps GDDR6 will deliver 30 percent faster speeds compared to the previous 18Gbps product,” Samsung says.
As a degree of reference, what that velocity bump equates to is with the ability to switch as much as 1.1TB of knowledge (round 275 Full HD 1080p motion pictures) in a single second. Samsung’s 24Gbps GDDR6 can be absolutely compliant with JEDEC’s specs and suitable throughout all GPU designs, the corporate says, so it may discover its strategy to vary of graphics merchandise.
In its announcement, Samsung particularly references high-end, next-generation graphics playing cards, in addition to laptops, game consoles, synthetic intelligence purposes, and high-performance computing (HPC) methods.
“Graphics DRAM is increasingly being sought for use beyond PCs, laptops and game consoles, extending into other graphics-intensive applications like HPC, autonomous driving and electric cars. Addressing these emerging markets, Samsung’s GDDR6 will enable seamless 4K and 8K video playback, while supporting demanding AI accelerator workloads,” Samsung says.
We have little doubt that the GeForce RTX 40 sequence and Radeon RX 7000 sequence will make the most of GDDR6 reminiscence on at the least a few of the upcoming SKUs. The query is, where does this depart GDDR6X? NVIDIA employs 21Gbps GDDR6X reminiscence on its GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, 19.5Gbps GDDR6X on the 3090, and 19Gbps GDDR6X on the 3080 Ti, 3080, and 3070 Ti. Everything beneath makes use of GDDR6.
Samsung’s velocity acquire and at the moment’s announcement recommend that the highest tier playing cards subsequent spherical may use GDDR6 as an alternative of GDDR6X. That might rely on what efficiency bumps Micron can ship on its GDDR6X DRAM stack. As of final April, Micron’s GDDR6X efficiency roadmap prolonged to 24Gbps as properly.
In any occasion, Samsung says clients are within the technique of operating verification exams on its 24Gbps GDDR6, and plans to commercialize its DRAM consistent with GPU platform launches.