Short Bytes: Faster and efficient NVIDIA graphic cards are going to be the future, thanks to SK Hynix. The company announced that it has started to mass produce GDDR6 DRAM chips for graphic cards, which are twice as fast as the previous generation standard and also utilize less power. These chips will be present in NVIDIA Volta graphic cards in 2018.When NVIDIA introduced its 16nm FinFET-based Pascal architecture, the efficiency and ‘performance per watt’ ratio of the graphic processors based on Pascal was so great that they could find their place in gaming laptops without altering their specifications and core clocks considerably. However, they still feature GDDR5 and GDDR5X standard memory, limiting the total bandwidth.
Fortunately, the time isn’t far off when you will be able to experience the company’s Volta architecture, which is said to arrive in early 2018 and will be featuring the industry’s latest and greatest GDDR6 DRAM chips. These chips are going to be mass produced by none other than SK Hynix, and if you want to learn more about the memory bandwidth height that it will be able to scale, that has been detailed in the press release given below.
“SK Hynix Inc. (or ‘the Company’, www.skhynix.com) today introduced the world’s fastest 2Znm 8Gb(Gigabit) GDDR6(Graphics DDR6) DRAM. The product operates with an I/O data rate of 16Gbps (Gigabits per second) per pin, which is the industry’s fastest. With a forthcoming high-end graphics card of 384-bit I/Os, this DRAM processes up to 768GB(Gigabytes) of graphics data per second. SK Hynix has been planning to mass produce the product for a client to release high-end graphics card by early 2018 equipped with high-performance GDDR6 DRAMs.”
These new memory chips powering GPUs based on NVIDIA’s upcoming architecture will be replacing the GDDR5 standard as well as the GDDR5X, resulting in all-around better performance in extremely demanding games. One other advantage of having GDDR6 chips in a GPU is that they will be running at a lower voltage, resulting in lowered power consumption.
According to the company, GDDR6 will be twice as fast as GDDR5 while having 10 percent lesser operating voltage, which is terrific news for gamers wanting to play upcoming titles in 4K graphics.
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Combining the advanced architecture and new standard memory chips, this also means that gamers on a tight budget will be able to enjoy the benefits of spending fewer amounts of money on a GPU. Not everyone has the financial room to spend a tiny fortune of high-end graphic cards, so this news is definitely a sign of good things to come.
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