Samsung teases future memory standards

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The world of PC hardware never stands still. At Samsung’s recent 2021 Tech Day, the company showcased some of the technologies that will be coming to gaming PCs in the next few years.

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DDR5 is barely making a ripple in the market thanks to much non-existent supply, yet Samsung is already well into the development of desktop DDR6 and LPDDR6 for mobile applications. Although JEDEC is the body that defines the memory standards and the actual specification is yet to be defined, much of the underlying work is already underway.

as reported by computer baseOf course, Samsung believes DDR6 should hit around 12800 MT/s, which is more than twice the current high end DDR5 memory’s 6400 MT/s. With the passage of time, Samsung expects to be able to hit overclocked speeds of 17000 MT/s or more. Didn’t talk about latency, but if there are any indicators of DDR5, the DDR6-12800 kit may end up with a CL of 100. This is only speculation though, as DDR6 is several years away from launch.

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Samsung also talked a little bit about GDDR7 memory, which you can expect to use with future graphics cards. It is set to hit upwards of 32Gbps throughput. This compares to the current fast GDDR6X at 21 Gbps. However, it appears that GDDR7 is still years away from making its debut, as Samsung is working on GDDR6+ in the interim. It is expected that GDDR6+ will be capable of operating up to 27 Gbps. It’s highly likely that GDDR6+ will make its debut alongside Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace and AMD’s RDNA3 high end graphics cards, if we don’t see them on professional cards first.

On the subject of professional cards, future examples are likely to be equipped with HBM3 memory. Samsung is working on 24Gb chips with 6.4Gt/s transfer rate. Though the expense and complexity of the HBM3 mean you’re unlikely to see it on your next-generation gaming GPU.

There won’t be any GDDR6 memory or GDDR7 graphics cards on sale on Black Friday, but you may be able to snag a sweet deal on a set of DDR4, even if a DDR5 deal is unlikely. If you’re looking for bargains, check out our constantly updated Black Friday deals page.

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