HIGHBANDWIDTH MEMORY DEMYSTIFIED
by HBM has the potential to pave the way for 4K gaming and bandwidth-hungry applications. What is it though and why is it a huge improvement over traditional GDDR type memory?
If you've kept up with developments in PC hardware lately, you might have heard that AMD recently released two new flagship cards – the Radeon R9 Fury and Fury X – equipped with a new-fangled memory type called High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).
HBM turns much of the conventional wisdom about video memory on its head. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X came with 12GB of GDDR5 memory, which makes the 4GB of HBM on AMD's Fury series look scarily inadequate for cards of their stature. However, less is actually more with HBM, and here's why.