Samsung has announced that its new GDDR6 RAM, which runs at a faster speed of 24 Gbps, is now ‘sampling’, meaning it is being tested and partnered.
In a press statement (opens in new tab), the company boasted that the new 24Gbps memory modules will be 30% faster than their predecessor, which was GDDR6 with a speed of 18Gbps. The new RAM can transfer 1.1 TB of data per second (and as Samsung states, 1.1 TB is the equivalent of 275 movies in Full HD resolution).
Built on Samsung’s 3rd-generation 10nm process with EUV, the new GDDR6 RAM is designed for high-performance graphics cards, including “next-generation GPU platforms”, with of course RTX 4000 and RDNA 3 products arriving later this year ( the memory will also be used in game consoles, high-performance computer systems and more).
This new GDDR6 range also comes with energy efficient options for laptops. Those will take advantage of DVS technology, or dynamic voltage switching that changes the applied voltage based on the requirements of what the hardware is currently doing, allowing the memory to be reduced to 1.1V compared to 1.35V with current RAM. modules, and therefore give something along the lines of 20% better energy efficiency.
Analysis: Which next-gen graphics cards will turbocharge this RAM?
The last point on laptops is pretty exciting news as it extends battery life and therefore allows more juice to facilitate gaming on the go.
This, of course, is equally exciting in the desktop GPU field, with news that next-gen graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD – Lovelace and RDNA 3 respectively – could benefit from faster VRAM. And indeed, this supports a rumor we heard a few months ago about Nvidia using 24 Gbps of video memory in conjunction with its top-end AD102 Lovelace chip (the one that will power the RTX 4090, and cards above).
The question is when can we see this new VRAM in the next generation of GPUs? It will likely be in premium graphics cards initially, as we suspect the memory will go to the pricey side, especially right away. That would point to the RTX 4090 – which, after all, is rumored to be the first Lovelace graphics card Nvidia is set to launch – assuming the 24Gbps RAM is untested and ready to go on volume (or at least any commercial volume) quite quickly.
Don’t forget that the RTX 4090 could be out in September, part of the buzz on the vine, which is only a few months away now. On the other hand, other rumors indicate that Nvidia wants to delay the launch of RTX 4000 products – perhaps until the end of the year – due to a surplus of RTX 3000 inventory that needs to be cleaned up.
If it turns out it might be in too much of a hurry to get this faster GDDR6 VRAM out of the gate in the first next-gen products — including for AMD, which is looking at a similar launch timing to Nvidia — the memory in later models, perhaps next year. We’ll be seeing staggered launches of various RTX 4000 and RX 7000 GPUs anyway, as well as the inevitable innovations like Ti models from Nvidia, so it could be that these later products are the ones blessed with the 24 Gbps good stuff.
Another point that is up in the air is what exactly it will cost to run this Samsung memory, which will have to be weighed up by AMD and Nvidia in terms of what graphics cards it will be used for. This means that if it’s seriously pricey, it doesn’t make much sense to be away from high-end cards.
Via ZDNet (opens in new tab)