January 20, 2022

Samsung’s Lightning-Quick 24Gbps GDDR6 For Subsequent-Gen GPUs Leaves GDDR6X In The Mud

Samsung GDDR6

Samsung has begun sampling blazing-fast GDDR6 reminiscence chips which are able to working at a breakneck 24 gigabits per second (Gbps) and for no matter cause, the corporate will not be shouting about it from a mountaintop. It will actually be justified—at that pace, Samsung’s reminiscence not solely matches Micron’s supercharged GDDR6X chips, however surpasses them.

There isn’t any devoted press launch, weblog submit, or perhaps a flex on social media (that we’re conscious of) from Samsung that brings consideration to its speedy chips. Nevertheless, the brand new half (K4ZAF325GC-SC24) has been added to Samsung’s GDDR6 product specs web page, the place Samsung quietly confirms its “Pattern” product standing.

Samsung’s additionally sampling 20Gbps GDDR6 reminiscence (K4ZAF325BC-SC20), as outlined on the identical product catalog web page with the identical standing. That primarily means the components will not be but being mass produced, however Samsung is actively sending out precise chips to purchasers, which doubtlessly contains AMD and/or NVIDIA for next-generation graphics merchandise.

Samsung GDDR6 Product Specifications Chart
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The pace bump is fascinating as a result of, at minimal, it provides NVIDIA another choice to think about for its Ada Lovelace GPUs, that are anticipated to energy its eventual GeForce RTX 40 sequence. As issues at the moment stand, NVIDIA employs 19.5Gbps GDDR6X reminiscence on its GeForce RTX 3090, and 19Gbps GDDR6X on its GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, GeForce RTX 3080, and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3060 each use GDDR6.
Samsung’s 24Gbps and 20Gbps GDDR6 chips each leverage 180-pin FBGA packages like the remainder of its GDDR6 lineup, so a minimum of in that regard, it could be straightforward to implement on next-gen graphics merchandise. It’s extra a matter of whether or not the Ada Lovelace and AMD’s RDNA 3 (Radeon RX 7000 sequence) components will assist the quicker knowledge charges, and at what value.
It additionally stays to be seen what upgrades Micron will make to its GDDR6X stack. Despite the fact that it simply obtained surpassed by GDDR6, it isn’t far behind—GDDR6X at the moment ranges from 19-21Gbps per pin. And by the way, rumor has it NVIDIA will launch a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti with 21Gbps GDDR6X subsequent month.
Samsung’s 24Gbps GDDR6 might additionally find yourself elsewhere, as it isn’t solely shopper GPUs that connect them sells to this type of reminiscence. We in all probability will not know till (A) Samsung makes a proper announcement, or (B) next-gen graphics merchandise truly arrive.

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