GDDR6 Under Development By Micron And Expected In 2016
When AMD finally launched HBM powered GPUs this year, a lot of eager Team Red fans were a bit disappointed. The performance boost thanks to the new memory bandwidth was good but it wasn’t great or as great as everyone was expecting it to be. The upcoming HBM2 set for 2016, aims to change that by further improving and adding more flexibility, however only for flagship GPUs. So what about those people who can only afford mid-tier graphics cards?
Well if these rumors are true, even those people also have something to look forward to in 2016, thanks to Micron. According to Fudzilla, GDDR5 which is currently the standard for most GPUs will soon be retired (for next generation GPUs) and will be replaced by GDDR6 memory sometime in the next year.
However, this report should be taken with a grain of salt due to a number of reasons, one of them being reports of GDDR6 being in development as far back as 2012. Another disparity is the fact that Fudzilla claims GDDR6 is being developed by Micron when actually GDDR itself is a JEDEC standard. It is however possible that what is being considered as GDDR6 might actually be the GDDR5X which Micron had been working on for some time.
Ever since its introduction in 2007, GDDR5 has evolved from 60nm to 20nm manufacturing which shows that given the state it is in, most mid-tier GPUs don’t even need that extra bandwidth and GDDR5 should be sufficient. However, having double the amount in the form of GDDR5X wouldn’t hurt.