HIGHBANDWIDTH MEM­ORY DE­MYS­TI­FIED

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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.

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