Samsung has announced that its new GDDR6 RAM, which runs at a faster speed of 24Gbps, is now being ‘sampling’, which means being tested and run by partners.
On a press statement (opens in new tab), the company boasted that the new 24Gbps memory modules will be 30% faster than its predecessor, which was the GDDR6 that ran at 18Gbps. The new RAM is capable of transferring 1.1TB of data per second (and as Samsung points out, 1.1TB is equivalent to 275 movies in Full HD resolution).
The new GDDR6 RAM is built on Samsung’s 3rd generation 10nm process using EUV and is designed for high-end graphics cards including “next-gen GPU platforms”, with, of course, meaning entry-level RTX 4000 and RDNA products. 3 later this year (memory will also be used in game consoles, high-performance computing systems, and more).
This new GDDR6 lineup will also come with low power options for laptops. These will benefit from DVS technology, or dynamic voltage switching which changes the applied voltage based on the requirements of what the hardware is currently doing, allowing the memory to drop to 1.1V compared to 1.35V with memory modules. current RAM and therefore giving something in the line of 20% better power efficiency.
Analysis: Which high-end graphics cards will this RAM turbocharge?
The last point on laptops is pretty exciting news as it will extend battery life and therefore allow more juice for easier gaming on the go.
This is equally exciting on the desktop GPU front, of course, with news that Nvidia and AMD’s next-gen graphics cards – Lovelace and RDNA 3, respectively – will be able to benefit from faster VRAM. And indeed, this confirms a rumor we heard a few months ago about Nvidia employing 24Gbps video memory in conjunction with its high-end AD102 Lovelace chip (the one that will power the RTX 4090 and cards above that).
The question is when can we see this new VRAM on high-end GPUs? It’s likely to be on premium graphics cards initially, as we’re guessing the memory will veer to the expensive side, especially right off the bat. Which would point to models like the RTX 4090 – which, after all, is rumored to be the first Lovelace graphics card that Nvidia is set to release – assuming the 24Gbps RAM is out of test and ready to go in bulk. (or at least some commercial volume) coming soon.
Mind you, the RTX 4090 could drop in September, going through some of the new stuff, which is just a few months away. On the other hand, other conversations point to Nvidia trying to delay the launch of RTX 4000 products – perhaps until the end of the year – due to an excess of RTX 3000 stock that needs to be released.
If it turns out it might be too much of a rush to get that faster GDDR6 VRAM on the first few next-gen products – for AMD too, which is aiming for a similar release time to Nvidia – the memory could show up in later models, maybe next year . We’ll see staggered releases of multiple RTX 4000 and RX 7000 GPUs either way, as well as the inevitable upgrades like Nvidia’s Ti models, so it could be these later products that will be graced with the 24Gbps good thing.
Another point that remains up in the air is exactly how much it will cost to use that Samsung memory, which will have to be evaluated by AMD and Nvidia in terms of which graphics cards will be used. it’s seriously expensive, it won’t make much sense away from high-end cards.