SK hynix GDDR7 memory expected to enter mass production in Q1 2025, behind GDDR7 competitors

GDDR7 will power NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce RTX 50 series GPUs, and while SK hynix has been dominating HBM, it won't have GDDR7 until Q1 2025.

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SK hynix is far ahead of its HBM competitors, but they're simultaneously behind their GDDR7 memory competitors, where the South Korean memory giant won't have GDDR7 memory ready until Q1 2024.

SK hynix GDDR6 vs GDDR7 at Computex 2024 (source: Wccftech)

SK hynix GDDR6 vs GDDR7 at Computex 2024 (source: Wccftech)

The last time we heard about SK hynix's GDDR7 memory was back at NVIDIA's GTC 2024 event (GPU Technology Conference) where we saw GDDR7 modules at 16-24Gb, up to 40Gbps speeds, and up to 160GB/sec memory bandwidth per module. The baseline of GDDR7 memory is 32Gbps and 128GB/sec bandwidth per module, so SK hynix has a rather nice 25% bandwidth improvement for future variations of GDDR7 memory.

Last week at Computex 2024, SK hynix said that its GDDR7 memory will enter mass production in Q1 2025, which should be after NVIDIA launches its GeForce RTX 5090 and GeForce RTX 5080 graphics cards. If mass production is coming in Q1 2025, then we should expect that SK hynix is already sampling customers (namely NVIDIA) right now.

NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce RTX 50 series "Blackwell" gaming graphics cards will use the new ultra-fast GDDR7 memory standard, while we could see AMD use GDDR7 on its next-gen RDNA 4-based Radeon RX 8000 series GPUs when they launch.

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