GDDR6 does not look significantly more expensive than GDDR5

Posted on Friday, Jul 13 2018 @ 12:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Pricing obtained via Digikey backs up the claims that GDDR6 will not be significantly more expensive than the currently used GDDR5. Of course, these prices need to be taken with a grain of salt, as the cost paid by those who order in large volumes will be significantly lower than the prices quoted below.

PC Games Hardware reports GDDR6 chips with a capacity of 1GB can be obtained via Digikey for 20.78EUR (12Gbps), 21.64EUR (13Gbps) and 22.51EUR (14Gbps).

This compares to 20.01EUR for a 1GB GDDR5 chip clocked at 8Gbps, and 18.88EUR for a 7Gbps version. Basically, the difference between 7Gbps GDDR5 and 14Gbps GDDR6 appears to be just 20 percent at the retailer level, while there's not even a five percent difference between 8Gbps GDDR5 and 12Gbps GDDR6.

How much video card makers pay for these chips is a mystery, but this is an indication that cost will not be a problem for widespread GDDR6 adoption.

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