Micron Says GDDR7 Will Give Gaming GPUs A Huge 30% FPS Performance Boost

As GPU enthusiasts anticipate the next generation, VRAM advancements are a major source of excitement. Micron, a leading memory manufacturer, is promoting the enhanced performance of GDDR7. Reportedly, GDDR7 could deliver up to a 30% increase in frames per second, making this a thrilling development for gamers and tech enthusiasts.

Micron claims this performance boost applies to both ray tracing and rasterization workloads, in comparison to GDDR6 and GDDR6X. This improvement is expected across all resolutions, including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Higher resolution games, which are often the most demanding, will particularly benefit from the increased VRAM capacity. Ray tracing technology, which requires fast VRAM and higher textures, will also see significant advantages.

Micron also highlights that generative AI applications, such as Large Language Models (LLMs), will benefit from GDDR7, with performance improvements of up to 20%. This boost is attributed to higher system bandwidth and other advancements in GDDR7 technology.

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NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce RTX 50 series Blackwell GPUs are expected to feature this new GDDR7 memory when they launch next year. Although GDDR7 can achieve speeds of up to 32Gbps, gaming products will likely utilize speeds around 28Gbps.

In addition to higher bandwidth, GDDR7 offers a 20% improvement in power efficiency. This enhancement addresses heat and thermal challenges, crucial for high-end GPUs requiring effective cooling solutions. Thermal resistance is reduced by 70%, and GDDR7 operates at lower voltages compared to GDDR6X.

These improvements provide more thermal headroom, enabling potentially higher performance, making Micron’s claim of a 30% uplift seem feasible. User Harukaze5719 on X shared a Micron image suggesting that GDDR7 VRAM bandwidth could exceed 1.5 TB/s across the system.
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As modern games demand increasing amounts of VRAM, both its speed and capacity will be pivotal for the next generation of GPUs.