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VRAM prices increase over 30% in August alone

Samsung and SK Hynix hike VRAM prices by 30% in August... what's next?

@anthony256
Anthony Garreffa
Published Thu, Aug 17 2017 1:32 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

AMD might have just launched their next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics cards with HBM2 in tow, but it looks like SK Hynix and Samsung might be ruining the high-end/enthusiast graphics card market with increases in VRAM pricing.

VRAM prices increase over 30% in August alone | TweakTown.com

DigiTimes is reporting that the market prices for graphics memory from both Samsung and SK Hynix rose by over 30% in August, with the blame being placed on both DRAM manufacturers "repurposing part of their VRAM production capacities for server and smartphone memories instead", reports AnandTech.

We should expect VRAM pricing to continue to increase according to DigiTimes' sources, with PC DRAM chips to continue getting more expensive through to 2018. Both Micron and SK Hynix have announced GDDR6 recently, with NVIDIA set to use the new standard on their Volta-based GeForce graphics cards in early 2018.

We don't know if Micron's super-fast GDDR5X memory that's used on GTX 1080, GTX 1080 11Gbps, GTX 1080 Ti, and TITAN Xp will increase - but we should see this in the coming weeks if it happens.

NEWS SOURCE:anandtech.com

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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