SK Hynix's newest GDDR6 modules will power future GPUs with 20 Gbps speeds
Faster 18 Gbps and 20 Gbps GDDR6 memory modules from SK Hynix are coming
Published: 27th January 2022 | Source: SK Hynix |
SK Hynix has faster GDDR6 memory modules on the horizon
Most of today's latest graphics cards use GDDR6 memory, with most of them offering 14 Gbps or 16 Gbps speeds. For modern gaming and workstation graphics products, memory bandwidth can be a critical factor, creating the need for faster memory solutions with each successive generation of graphics cards.
The good news today is that SK Hynix has confirmed that they are now sampling faster GDDR6 memory modules, offering their customers 18 Gbps and 20 Gbps GDDR6 memory chips with 1GB (8Gb) and 2GB (16Gb) capacities. When compared to standard 16 Gbps GDDR6 memory modules, these 18 Gbps and 20 Gbps offer customers a 12.5% and 25% bandwidth boosts respectively.
With these new GDDR6 memory chips, SK Hynix will be giving GDDR6X memory a run for its money. Beyond that, last year we confirmed that Samsung has even faster GDDR6 memory chips in the works, listing modules with speeds of up to 24 Gbps (link).
Faster memory solutions will help GPU manufacturers to create their next generation of products, enabling increased memory bandwidth without architectural tweaks on the GPU-side or high-end caching technologies like AMD's Infinity Cache solution. Bandwidth matters, and the availability of faster GDDR6 memory chips will allow manufacturers to create higher bandwidth graphics cards without requiring larger memory bus sizes and higher BOM costs.
Right now, SK Hynix lists their higher-speed GDDR6 modules as having a product status of "CS", which typically means that they are Sampling their products to Clients. These higher speed GDDR6 modules have not entered Mass Production (MP), which means that we should not expect to see these new memory chips in soon-to-be released graphics cards.
With both Samsung and SK Hynix manufacturing faster GDDR6 memory modules, we can expect next-generation graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia to offer more memory bandwidth than their predecessors. Beyond that, mass production high-speed GDDR6 memory modules may soon be faster then Micron's GDDR6X memory, which currently maxes our at 21 Gbps.