Hot in the heels of Samsung’s 16-gigabit GDDR6 announcement last night, SK Hynix has also begun listing its own GDDR6 memory modules as ‘available’. We’ve known for a while that SK Hynix has been working on GDDR6 with a 2018 roll out date in mind, though these chips won’t be quite as fast as the Samsung equivalent we saw yesterday.
In the latest product databook from SK Hynix, GDDR6 is now listed as available, which means customers like Nvidia and AMD can begin sampling and working to implement the memory with future GPUs. While Samsung aimed for higher 16-gigabit density, SK Hynix’s current GDDR6 modules top out at 8 gigabits, with various speeds.
At the top of the pile, SK Hynix’s 8Gb GDDR6 memory can reach speeds of 14Gbps at 1.35V. In terms of energy efficiency, it matches Samsung’s GDDR6, though it doesn’t quite match when it comes to density and speed. SK Hynix will also have 12Gbps and 10Gbps variants running at 1.35V and 1.25V respectively.
That’s all the information we have for now. The memory makers are doing their part, we just have to wait for GPU makers to begin adopting this new standard and putting it to good use.
KitGuru Says: It looks like we may see the first GDDR6 graphics cards at some point this year. Are any of you currently waiting on new GPUs to launch before upgrading? Will you be holding out for something sporting GDDR6? Or are you hoping to see more HBM options?