GDDR6 introduction could trace at a 2018 launch for the Nvidia Volta client playing cards

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Hynix GDDR6 graphics memory

Graphics reminiscence maestros, SK Hynix, have introduced the introduction of the brand new GDDR6 memory standard “for a client to release high-end graphics card by early 2018.” That’s bought to imply a client variant of the upcoming Nvidia Volta GPU, or am I simply means off base right here?

It’s a GPU battle royale proper now, with new releases coming thick and quick, however if you wish to know the best graphics card to purchase as we speak you recognize the place to come back.

The new reminiscence normal has been designed to interchange the prevailing GDDR5 and GDDR5X reminiscence arrays used for as we speak’s high-end graphics playing cards, providing a knowledge charge of 16Gbps in contrast with the 10Gbps and 14Gbps of GDDR5 and GDDR5X respectively. As properly as providing the next information charge the brand new reminiscence normal may even supply decrease operational voltages as properly with Hynix claiming a 10% discount.

The first GDDR6 reminiscence chips will likely be on the 20nm stage with density of 8Gb, that may imply capacities of 1GB of GDDR6 per die.

The press launch repeatedly mentions collaboration with a ‘core graphics chipset client’ in an effort to get the mass manufacturing of the brand new reminiscence normal to marketplace for early subsequent yr and goes on to say its significance to rising industries “such as AI(Artificial Intelligence), VR(Virtual Reality), self-driving cars, and high-definition displays over 4K.” Now positive, AMD are now going big on AI and VR, however solely Nvidia are prone to be talked about with regard to self-driving vehicles and graphics playing cards.

Nvidia Titan Xp

To me would appear to substantiate Nvidia will likely be aiming to launch client variations of the Volta GPU structure in early 2018 sporting the brand new GDDR6 reminiscence normal. Hynix additionally particularly point out the reminiscence bandwidth efficiency of GDDR6 operating on an aggregated 384-bit reminiscence bus for a forthcoming high-end card. They declare bandwidth of as much as 768GB/s which, in contrast with the 548GB/s bandwidth of the brand new Nvidia GTX Titan Xp and its 12GB GDDR5X array, is a reasonably hefty increase.

If they’re speaking about that being the efficiency of a possible GTX 2080 card that’s greater than double the reminiscence bandwidth of both the unique GTX 1080 or the up to date model with the quicker reminiscence.

We’ve been anticipating the top-end Volta GPUs to run utilizing HBM2, with these professional-level chips prone to be unveiled at GTC subsequent month and launched later this yr. We already know the Oak Ridge Summit supercomputer will likely be operating a number of Volta GPUs utilizing the NVLink interconnect, however we don’t count on the gaming-focused client variations to go together with such excessive reminiscence tech for his or her body buffers, preferring to make use of the cheaper GDDR6 design to enhance margins.

So, for those who have been hoping for a Volta graphics card going head-to-head in a GPU deathmatch with AMD’s Vega this yr, I’m afraid your silicon bloodlust is unfortunately prone to go unsated.