Multiple Core Graphics Cards, When Will We See Them?

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jtm55 Posted: Thu, Dec 13 2007 9:04 PM

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Why aren't the Graphics Card Manufacturers more focused on Multiple Core Graphics Cards. I'm no engineer, but it seems to me that is the way to go if you want increased performance. SLI & Crossfire seem so problematic, some Games scale well while others don't. Cost of ownership  which is not restricted to the Cards themselves but the Power Supply needed to run a multiple card system.  Lets not forget how it's going to affect your Light bill. Have either Nvidia or ATI/AMD started any type of research in Multiple Core Graphics?

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Just think... someday we may need a 1.21 gigawatt PSU to power all our insane hardware!!!

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BTW ~ I'd also like to know when multi core GPUs will start to hit the market?

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jtm55 replied on Thu, Dec 13 2007 10:27 PM

 Hi All,

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Marco C replied on Fri, Dec 14 2007 1:10 AM

You should check out the conversation going on here:

http://www.hothardware.com/News/Nextgen_Radeons_to_be_Multicore

Here's my response from that thread:

"Well, we here this kind of stuff from time to time, and it's not REALLY clear as to what's happening.

We have already seen two GPUs on one card - Rage Fury Maxx, Voodoo 5, GeForce 7950 GX2, and the upcoming Radeon HD 3870 X2 come to mind.

Also, keep in mind, that the scalable GPUs of today are already "multi-core". The 2900 XT for example has 320 stream processors, the 2600 XT has 120. Each of those steam processors is basically a 'core'. ATI adds or subtracts cores as necessary to build the product stack.

Lots of so-called tech journalists don't seem to understand this fact.

Now what we haven't seen yet is multi-chip-packages with GPUs, ala Intel's Kentsfield and Yorkfield. If NVIDIA and ATI eventually go that route, and the performance is determined by actual hardware an not a combination of hardware and software like CrossFire and SLI, that would be interesting. But if it turns out that high-end cards with say four 'cores' don't work at 100% performance with new games until driver updates incorporate profiles for those new games, that's going to stink. Go check out my Radeon HD 3870 article and see what happens to ETQW and Crysis in CrossFire mode. If that's going to happen to every new game after shelling out $500 for a high-end card, consumers are going to be in for some annoying times.

I can see it now! Crysis 2 goes gold in November 2009! To arrive on store shelves in February 2010 to coincide with drivers that'll run the game properly on today's multi-core GPUs!
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jtm55 replied on Fri, Dec 14 2007 8:39 AM

Hi All,

Thank you for pointing me to that conversation & your explanation of Multicore cards. I didn't know that Stream Processors were a core. In addition, you pointed out that what we haven't seen were Multi Chip packages with GPUs & how performance is determed by the Hardware instead of the combination of Hardware & Software that SLI & Crossfire implement.

Again, My Thanks to You Marco for explaining it all to me.

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