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Samsung begins mass production of GDDR6 memory

By Greg S · 14 replies
Jan 18, 2018
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  1. Graphics cards may be in short supply but that is not stopping Samsung Electronics from pushing forward with the next generation of memory products. The South Korean giant has begun mass production of 16Gb GDDR6.

    Samsung's new memory is built on a 10nm class process that allows for double the density of its previous generation 8Gb GDDR5 built on a 20nm process. Producing the 10nm memory also brings a 30 percent boost to manufacturing productivity due to the reduced process size.

    Each pin on the chip is capable of 18 Gbps while the entire piece of memory can push through 72 GB/s. Another large improvement over the previous generation is a reduction in voltage. GDDR5 from Samsung runs at 1.55V compared to only 1.35V on new GDDR6 memory. Power consumption is reduced by approximately 35 percent as a result.

    Having 18Gbps 16Gb GDDR6 memory provides significant advantages over HBM2 (which is currently running at 2.4Gbps on 8GB chips) although extra-wide memory bus widths can make up for lower memory speed. Virtual reality, 8K video processing and artificial intelligence applications can all greatly benefit from the increase in high-speed memory.

    Consequently, certain cryptocurrencies that are memory-intensive to mine may also benefit but cost-to-performance ratios may prevent miners from scooping up available supplies.

    In terms of real-world availability, there is no word from AMD or Nvidia about next generation graphics cards. Nvidia's Volta gaming GPUs or Ampere could appear at any time but don't expect GDDR6 to be available on budget-friendly cards. AMD's Navi could also appear in 2018 but there is a chance that more Vega cards could surface as well.

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  2. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 320   +138

    Good stuff, but sometimes you stumble upon crap like intel atom line a few years ago which was an abomination pushing the state of the art back to the '90s. Yeah, talking from experience, had a tablet and the famous gpd win with top cpus from the intel atom range. They barely crawl with windows 10 on them ...
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,169   +2,609

    So the latest Titan V is no longer the cutting edge :) Looking forward to new video cards that will make use of this new memory.
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,167   +1,609

    True, but HMB2 with a 4096-bit memory bus (like on the Tesla V100) is still faster than GDDR6 with a 384-bit bus.
    And at CES Samsung also announced HBM2 ‘Aquabolt’ capable of achieving 2.4 Gbps @1.2v.
    Reehahs, Burty117 and VitalyT like this.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,027   +4,749

    Mining is a plague, that should be labeled malware. The only one really benefiting is the one over the massive bot-net (yes this is what I believe). You can call it a block-chain all you want. I call it a botnet of malware.
  6. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 898   +623

  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,167   +1,609

    I disagree. It benefited me quite well. You just didn't jump on the chance to make a quick buck.
  8. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 832   +339

    Or they could have put all that time and effort into manufacturing more DDR4 and you know stabilizing the market price, but nah lets switch parts of production to a new standard that prob won't see shelves until 2019-2020.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,027   +4,749

    I seriously doubt you made a profit, with the cost of hardware and services being what they are.

    ANTEATER TS Rookie

    They were atom-"bombs".....and they were not the good type of "bomb"...
  11. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,167   +1,609

    who said anything about me buying the hardware in 2017? :D
  12. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Maniac Posts: 350   +224

    DDR5 and GDDR6...now that's what's for dinner
  13. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,167   +1,609

    HBM3 too
  14. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Posts: 160   +10

    I wish more people will buy 4 monitor and get into 4k gaming so they start to bring out better video cards to go with new memory.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,027   +4,749

    I don't need 4k gaming. Lack of story-line, and mystery ruins a game and 4k resolution does not make up the difference.

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