Micron has announced the production of its 16 gigabit (Gb) GDDR6X memory chips and claims to be the only memory maker which will now supply the GDDR6X chips in great volumes. This is definitely noteworthy considering that the capacity is going to be doubled. On top of this, Micron claims that this new 16 gigabit (Gb) GDDR6X memory chip will offer 15% better performance as compared to the previous 8 GB version.
These memory chips are the same that NVIDIA has been using on the newly released GeForce RTX 3090 Ti which is the latest consumer flagship from the Ampere family. The major difference between the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and its non-TI counterpart is the upgraded memory. Both models have a GDDR6X memory of 24 GB spread across a 384-bit bus but what sets the Ti model apart is the use of the 21 Gbps memory chips. The non-Ti model uses 19.5 Gbps on the other hand. This represents a memory bandwidth of 1 TB/s as opposed to 936.2 GB/s on the last flagship.
There is no doubt that the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is the fastest ever consumer graphics card that NVIDIA has ever built. Thanks to the upgraded memory without which this wouldn’t have been possible. Alongside the upgraded memory, it also features more CUDA cores and a higher TGP which contributes to an increase in gaming performance. Interestingly, there have been rumors that the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti with its 12-pin PCIe connector could probably be a test vehicle for NVIDIA’s next gen GeForce RTX 40 series based on Ada Lovelace. If this holds any truth, it won’t be wrong to say that this is merely a test run for future GDDR6X memory chips which will be ever faster and built with more capacity.