Originally Posted by born2bwild;13441840
Are you telling me that a hardware breakthrough like the 3D tri-gate processors is less interesting than some Open Source adjustments to the BIOS?
3D TriGate transistors let us OC a bit higher until we probably hit the multiplier limit, this lets us get bug-free BIOS' that can OC better, handle newer chips, features, etc and boot faster.
Originally Posted by Fletcherea;13442779
So this doesn't really affect the end user(me) really at all right?
Faster boots, more unofficial BIOS/UEFI builds that may let you say, OC higher, adjust more settings, etc.
Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if someone made a BIOS that let us use the IGP in 990GX boards with an nVidia GPU, could be useful for those of us with multiple screens, etc.
Originally Posted by nagle3092;13443435
Obviously yes IME should get credit for the tech as well (after all they did develop it) BUT if no company can bring it to consumer level products its pointless to us. The modification to the process cant be that easy because otherwise GF would have jumped on this as well.
GF is probably concentrating on other stuff right now, they're getting that New York fab up and running and have to do half-nodes as well as full-nodes.
Originally Posted by rusky1;13443633
Both have their pluses. What makes me wonder is will this whole tri-gate business give you about as much of a performance boost as tri channel ram gives over dual channel. If so then yes I'll opt for open HW management as well.
Tri Channel RAM does about as much as having a third nipple does for 99% of users and applications.
Tri-Gate will mainly increase power efficiency. (iirc)
This means while it could indirectly increase performance due to Intel being able to do more within the same envelope of power, I doubt it'd increase performance much on its own.
Originally Posted by DarthShader;13444509
Wonder if SLi will be possible with this.
From the benefits page: "100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!"
It should be, actually, someone could find where the thing that says "We're paying nVidia royalties to use SLI on this board" and just put it into a BIOS of a board that doesn't have that.
Originally Posted by DarthShader;13444880
I am aware of that. My rhetorical question was in that context, I am guessing it will require a more traditional BIOS/EFI solution to do SLi. How else are you going to put a propietary code snipet in an open source program...
I think this is more like booting a Linux-based BIOS implementation than a UEFI/BIOS replacement, you'd still boot from UEFI/BIOS but you could boot into this Linux thing to change settings (In around 3 seconds), the main improvements would come from being able to change more than just what the hardware vendor lets you.
That's how I understand it to work anyway...I wonder if any 24/7 Linux users like me could use it to boot Linux off ultra fast? Have a 512MB flash chip on board for it, make it boot as much as you can so it starts ultra fast.