Micron Confirms GDDR5X Sampling for Next-Gen Graphics Cards
It has been confirmed that Micron is indeed in the process of sampling GDDR5X memory to its clientele.
We came across several rumours earlier this year stating that Micron was developing GDDR6 memory which would release for mid-end graphics cards sometime in 2016.
However, Micron was quick enough to debunk the said rumours and confirmed that new memory advancements coming from Micron in 2016 would be called GDDR5X and not GDDR6:
The new memory advancements coming from Micron in 2016 are going to be called GDDR5X, not GDDR6. GDDR5X and GDDR6 are not the same product and Micron has not announced any plans involving GDDR6.
The sampling essentially means that Micron is in the final stages of finalizing everything and we can be sure to see the new graphics advancements i.e. GDDR5X being implemented in a graphics card sooner rather than later.
For the sake of comparison, the new memory increases the data rate somewhere between 10GB/s to 14GB/s which is almost twice than what GDDR5 is capable of. However, due to the fact that the architecture widely remains the same, there is not much hassle to begin with!
Lastly, it is expected that graphics cards ranging from entry-level to mid-range will probably make use of the new memory advancements. While there is no concrete release window, it is expected to roll out sometime during this year.