Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Nov 2009 21:29 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Over the past few years, there have been persistent rumours that NVIDIA, the graphics chip maker, was working on an x86 chip to compete with Intel and AMD. Recently, these rumours gained some traction, but NVIDIA's CEO just shot them down, and denied the company will enter the x86 processor market.
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RE[3]: a no go
by kryogenix on Wed 11th Nov 2009 16:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: a no go"
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Anyhow where does this myth come from that you need a graphics card accelerating the GUI otherwise it degrades performance horribly? ... unless your app is using software 3d acceleration or heavily relying on the graphics card to help it with additional processing (Adobe CS4) any CPU in the last 6 years can do at least 1280x1024 any application degradation that you are likely to notice.

Don't think GUI acceleration, think OpenCL and parallel processing. A bad ass video card coupled with a nice quad-core CPU is like having a Cray on your desk.

The GPU ain't going anywhere. Even my integrated shared memory 9400M in my Macbook is useful with OpenCL.

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RE[4]: a no go
by Brendan on Fri 13th Nov 2009 07:10 in reply to "RE[3]: a no go"
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The GPU ain't going anywhere.

While I mostly agree with what you're saying, the GPU *is* going somewhere. If you look at both AMD and Intel roadmaps, the GPU is going in the same chip as the CPU. To start with it'll be just low-end and/or low-power systems, but that's just a start.

With the memory controller built into Intel and AMD's CPUs now, there's a major performance advantage putting the GPU "on-chip" too; and if NVidia isn't careful it could end up with no way to compete - too slow to compete with "on-chip GPUs" in high-end systems, too expensive for budget systems and taking up too much space on ultra-portable motherboards.


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