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    Post AMD official press release on employing GDDR5

    AMD (NYSE:AMD - News) today announced the first commercial implementation of Graphics Double Data Rate, version 5 (GDDR5) memory in its forthcoming next generation of ATI Radeonâ„¢ graphics card products. The high-speed, high-bandwidth GDDR5 technology is expected to become the new memory standard in the industry, and that same performance and bandwidth is a key enabler of The Ultimate Visual Experienceâ„¢, unlocking new GPU capabilities. AMD is working with a number of leading memory providers, including Samsung, Hynix and Qimonda, to bring GDDR5 to market.

    Today’s GPU performance is limited by the rate at which data can be moved on and off the graphics chip, which in turn is limited by the memory interface width and die size. The higher data rates supported by GDDR5 – up to 5x that of GDDR3 and 4x that of GDDR4 – enable more bandwidth over a narrower memory interface, which can translate into superior performance delivered from smaller, more cost-effective chips.1 AMD’s senior engineers worked closely with industry standards body JEDEC in developing the new memory technology and defining the GDDR5 spec.

    “The days of monolithic mega-chips are gone. Being first to market with GDDR in our next-generation architecture, AMD is able to deliver incredible performance using more cost-effective GPUs,” said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Graphics Product Group, AMD. “AMD believes that GDDR5 is the optimal way to drive performance gains while being mindful of power consumption. We’re excited about the potential GDDR5 brings to the table for innovative game development and even more exciting game play.”

    The introduction of GDDR5-based GPU offerings marks the continued tradition of technology leadership in graphics for AMD. Most recently, AMD has been first to bring a unified shader architecture to market, the first to support Microsoft DirectX® 10.1 gaming, first to lower process nodes like 55nm, the first with integrated HDMI with audio, and the first with double-precision floating point calculation support.

    AMD expects that PC graphics will benefit from the increase in memory bandwidth for a variety of intensive applications. PC gamers will have the potential to play at high resolutions and image quality settings, with superb overall gaming performance. PC applications will have the potential to benefit from fast load times, with superior responsiveness and multi-tasking.

    “Qimonda has worked closely with AMD to ensure that GDDR5 is available in volume to best support AMD’s next-generation graphics products,” said Thomas Seifert, Chief Operating Officer of Qimonda AG. “Qimonda’s ability to quickly ramp production is a further milestone in our successful GDDR5 roadmap and underlines our predominant position as innovator and leader in the graphics DRAM market.”

    GDDR5 for Stream Processing

    In addition to the potential for improved gaming and PC application performance, GDDR5 also holds a number of benefits for stream processing, where GPUs are applied to address complex, massively parallel calculations. Such calculations are prevalent in high-performance computing, financial and academic segments among others. AMD expects that the increased bandwidth of GDDR5 will greatly benefit certain classes of stream computations.

    New error detection mechanisms in GDDR5 can also help increase the accuracy of calculations by indentifying errors and re-issuing commands to get valid data. This capability is a level of reliability not available with other GDDR-based memory solutions today.

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    Nice, 4Gbps GDDR5, thats HUGE

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    Quote Originally Posted by newzhunter View Post
    “The days of monolithic mega-chips are gone."

    That's what they say.....

    And if nVidia comes out with such a monolithic mega-chip and also use GDDR5.... ATI gets its ass kicked 7 ways to Sunday once again.

    Let's face it. They NEED a powerful GPU to compete and stay ahead. Eventually, the competition will also employ the same memory and they'll be a step behind again.


    When will they learn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenny_naboo View Post
    That's what they say.....

    And if nVidia comes out with such a monolithic mega-chip and also use GDDR5.... ATI gets its ass kicked 7 ways to Sunday once again.

    Let's face it. They NEED a powerful GPU to compete and stay ahead. Eventually, the competition will also employ the same memory and they'll be a step behind again.


    When will they learn?
    Nvidia GPU like GT 280 might not have the technology to support GDDR5 yet.

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    Indeed, for now, we just wait for benchmark. ^^

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    Don't even bother, just check the bandwidth throughput specs on the nV and AMD, they have parity.

    I do like that AMD is doing something about the ridiculous amount of traces and cost of the PCB.

    Ironically this will allow AMD to bump up their buswidth and get insane bandwidth (for all their hype about reduced buswidth )

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    Hmmm.. honestly, does GDDR4 or even GDDR5 make any differenece? On paper it sounds nice and right now, for me, I personally feel that with though Nvidia still uses GDDR3, their cards are still performing better than AMD's...Really like no point...