We all know that NVIDIA recently announced its new GeForce RTX series of graphics cards, but do you know who makes the GDDR6 memory being used on those cards? The NVIDIA RTX series is the first to have real world ray tracing and to use Micron GDDR6 memory. This morning Micron put up a blog post discussing their contribution to the technology and the importance of GDDR6 for the future of graphics memory. GDDR6 memory operates at 14 Gbps with data transfers of 56 GB/s, which represents a 75 percent increase over ‘standard’ 8Gb GDDR5 running at 8Gbps pin speed. Micron’s 8Gb GDDR6 memory chips operate at just 1.35V, which is lower than the 1.5V used by most GDDR5 memory solutions.
“From the Micron perspective, we see markets and applications adopting the capability and value which NVIDIA and Micron have created leading to the adoption and deployment beyond graphics,” replied Ralf Ebert, Director of Graphics segment for Micron compute and networking business unit. “The capability of our joint effort to bring to market the next generation gaming solutions has created a demand. When gamers see what the new GeForce RTX GPUs will do for gaming, there will be many astounded users!”
Micron 8Gb GDDR6 memory is used on the GeForce RTX series, whereas Samsung 16GB GDDR6 memory powers the latest NVIDIA Quadro series cards. Micron is clearly NVIDIA’s launch partner for the GeForce RTX 20-series cards, but we suspect that other memory companies will be used by the board partners down the road. We can’t wait to benchmark the GeForce RTX series (2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti) and see how Micron 8Gb GDDR6 memory performs at both stock and overclocked speeds!