NVIDIA Announces 1080Ti, Powered by Micron’s Next-Gen 11Gb/s GDDR5X Memory

By Floyd GoodrichMay 9, 2017

Just before the end of day two at Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 in San Francisco in March, NVIDIA, a global leader in premium quality graphics processing units (GPUs) for the gaming market, unveiled their new high-end graphics card – The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

The new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, developed on the Pascal architecture, is undisputedly the world’s fastest gaming GPU till date. The gaming GPU comes in collaboration with memory and storage solutions innovator Micron, powered by the next-generation quad data rate G5X and 11GB of GDDR5X memory.

Micron’s GDDR5X memory packs more punch than its predecessor GDDR5 with a faster memory bus and broader memory functions that read and writes more data per clock from the DRAM. The GDDR5X memory steps in between the comparatively slow GDDR5, and the relatively pricey HBM2, dramatically improving the memory bandwidth previously available with the GDDR5.

NVIDIA, being a consistent Micron customer, had no second thoughts in putting their faith in Micron’s GDDR5X memory while arch-rival AMD continued to focus on GDDR5 and HBM2 for their Polaris and Vega. This makes NVIDIA the first GPU designer in the gaming market to reap the feature-rich benefits of the GDDR5X memory configuration.

Initially, NVIDIA used Micron’s first generation GDDR5X memory to feed its GTX 1080, however, before the launch of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti both the technology companies decided to crank up the memory power in the new gaming GPU - leading to the creation of Micron’s second generation GDDR5X memory. The state-of-the-art second-generation GDDR5X memory, a result of Micron’s industry-leading R&D, facilitates the seamless integration of 11 GB/s memory into NVIDIA cards.

Micron’s power-packed second generation GDDR5X memory, with a 10% year-over-year improvement, ramps the speed and performance of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with a wider GP102 memory bus, enabling the new gaming GPU to record more than 50% enhanced performance capabilities over its predecessor the GTX 1080 with 480GB/sec of memory bandwidth. 

Micron optimized the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in their second generation of GDDR5X memory, a plus for NVIDIA. A member of the NVIDIA design team said, “We [NVIDIA] have it easy, we only have to design the memory controller. It’s Micron that has it hard, they have to actually make the memory that can run at those speeds!”

Micron engineers have worked day in and day out under the hood of its second generation GDDR5X memory to give NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti a leading-edge in the competitive market. The global memory and storage solution provider has made substantial improvements in its second generation GDDR5X memory that has led to enhancements in speed, performance, and reliability along with noise reduction, equalization, and clean eye.

Both NVIDIA and Micron seem to be satisfied with the way the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has been performing. NVIDIA firmly believes that Micron’s second generation 11 GB/s GDDR5X memory will place the GTX 1080 Ti way ahead of the competition as the consoles available in the market at this moment feature only 8GB of RAM.

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