Are you excited for NVIDIA's latest and greatest GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080? If so, imagine how the hard-working engineers at Micron feel, as their GDDR5X memory has become part of what makes NVIDIA's new Pascal-based cards perform at such a high level.
As NVIDIA's co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said at his company's launch event last week, "This memory is so fast. It is so fast... G5X, the fastest GDDR memory in the world." That might sound a bit redundant, but Huang wanted to drive the point home that Micron's cooperation with NVIDIA has helped its latest product become so impressive.
At the same time, Micron is very pleased to have NVIDIA as a partner, because with the Pascal launch, the company has been able to put GDDR5X into mass production. As Micron sees it, this faster memory won't just benefit regular gaming, but can become imperative for VR, which doesn't just render at a high resolution when both eyes are combined, but needs to process algorithms to keep the experience as enjoyable as possible.
Micron notes that the 8GB of GDDR5X found on the GTX 1080 hits speeds of 10Gb/s and cranks out a total of 320GB/s bandwidth. It's fast, and there's enough of it on-board to make your worry of exceeding the VRAM at 4K or higher less of one.
If you're wondering whether or not the GeForce GTX 1080 is all that it's cracked up to be, you'll be able to find out in the very near future. Stay tuned.