Patient folks who have been holding out hope for 8GB variants of the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 may see their effort rewarded soon, with Samsung set to ramp up production of 8GB GDDR5 memory in the first quarter of 2015.
At the moment 8GB VRAM seems to be a bit of a rarity, but in the next few months they should become a lot more commonplace, opening the door for the aforementioned graphics cards from Nvidia. Of course AMD has been utilising 8GB GDDR5 on its Radeon R9 290X range for a while now, but chose to use 4GB chips and doubled up, while Nvidia has held for 8Gb integrated circuits.
The news of Samsungs move into 8GB VRAM comes courtesy of an intercepted Samsung document, indicating mass productions is commencing soon. Samsung is one of the world’s largest providers of memory, so this could prove a huge boon for Nvidia’s efforts.
With production beginning imminently, it’s likely that we could begin to see 8GB GTX 980s and 970s crop up within Q2 of this year, while it looks likely that the eventual GeForce GTX 980 Ti will ship with 8GB and 12GB options.
For many 8GB RAM might be surplus to requirements, but we’ve seen recent titles really begin to push the boundaries when it comes to VRAM, not least the likes of Shadow of Mordor and Assassin’s Creed Unity. Ultimately though it’s the high-resolution gamers that are going to benefit the most, and that extra memory could come in extremely handy for some 4K gaming.
Have you been holding out for an 8GB GTX 980 before making the leap? Is 8GB VRAM becoming much sought-after sooner than you thought? Let us know!