Samsung begins mass production of high-bandwidth HBM2 for next-gen video cards

samsung mass producing hbm2
Although we’ve been promised a lot from Nvidia concerning its next-generation Pascal GPU, and from AMD concerning its Polaris GPU, part of that will come down to the benefits of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) and its sequel, HBM2. As we saw with AMD’s Fury cards though, insufficient stock of the new standard can lead to GPU shortages, and that’s why it’s good news to hear that Samsung is ramping up HBM 2 manufacturing.

Samsung is now mass producing 4GB HBM2 chips, which will be vitally important for the next generation of GPUs from both big-name makers. The 20nm process each of them employs will stack as many as four 8Gb core dies together, each providing as much as 256Gbps of bandwidth — more than five times what’s offered by similar dies of GDDR5 (as per TechReport).

That’s how much of a performance leap this new memory standard offers.

And that’s why it’s so important that production is high enough to cater to the expected high demand. Both Nvidia and AMD have been hyping the new-generation GPUs as game changers, with explosive performance and much better energy efficiency.

This tech isn’t the end of the road though. Samsung is also talking up possible 8GB chips of HBM2 by the end of the year, which would open up graphics cards with much more memory than even the entire system has to hand. It will also mean much smaller graphics cards, with those modules offering as much as a 95-percent space savings compared to the GDDR5 standard.

Of course it’s not just graphics cards which stand to benefit from the new memory chips. Supercomputers, servers, and data centers could all see big speed boosts and energy efficiency improvements thanks to the new standard.

Considering all of the space savings, it seems very likely that it won’t be long before HBM2 shows up in smartphones and tablets too, making for some very interesting new hardware developments.

Product Review

The Asus ZenBook 14 is a tiny notebook that gets lost in the crowd

The ZenBook 14 aims to be the smallest 14-inch notebook around, and it succeeds thanks to some tiny bezels. Performance and battery life are good, but the notebook lacks a standout feature other than size.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.

How do Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X compare to each other? We find out

The Nintendo Switch is innovative enough to stand apart from traditional consoles, but could it become your primary gaming system? How does the Switch stack up against the Xbox One?

Intel's dedicated GPU is not far off -- here's what we know

Did you hear? Intel is working on a dedicated graphics card. It's called Arctic Sound and though we don't know a lot about it, we know that Intel has some ex-AMD Radeon graphics engineers developing it.

The best MacBook deals for December 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.

How to connect AirPods to your MacBook

If you have new AirPods, you may be looking forward to pairing them with your MacBook. Our guide will show you exactly how to connect AirPods to MacBook, what to do if they are already paired with a device, and more.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Hitting ‘Check for updates’ in Windows 10 opts you into beta releases

Users who are careful about keeping their system updated should watch out -- Microsoft revealed this week that clicking the Check for updates button in Windows can opt you in to testing beta code.

Secure your Excel documents with a password by following these quick steps

Excel documents are used by people and businesses all over the world. Given how often they contain sensitive information, it makes sense to keep them from the wrong eyes. Thankfully, it's easy to secure them with a password.

Which Macs are compatible with MacOS Mojave?

Is your computer ready for Apple's big Mojave update? Here's what you need to know about MacOS Mojave compatibility, what Macs can successful download Mojave, and the requirements you need to know about.

Change your mouse cursor in Windows with these quick tips

The standard mouse cursor is boring, so change it! With this guide on how to change your mouse cursor in Windows, you can choose to use one of Microsoft's pre-installed cursors or download something a bit more extravagant.

The DualShock 4 is one of the best controllers ever, and you can use it with a PC

Sony's new DualShock 4 controller has become a fan favorite, and some people want to use it with a PC. Here's how to connect your DualShock 4 and start using it, either with an official adapter, or unofficial software.

MacBook Pro battery replacement: Everything you need to know

Looking for a new battery for your MacBook Pro? It's important you know what to look for, what model you have, and what options Apple gives you! We'll cover everything you need to know about Apple MacBook Pro battery replacement.

Lost your router? Here's how to find its IP address to help track it down

Changing the login information for your router isn't always easy, that's why so many have that little card on the back. But in order to use it, you need to know where to go. Here's how to find the IP address of your router.