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Originally Posted by kyle2194 View Post
This might not be a cache, with stacked memory all the vram could be on package, with the interposer allowing a very wide memory bus.
What is VRAM other than a lower level cache? Yeah, that terminology fits as well.

The new GPU will probably be L1->L2->onboard VRAM-> external VRAM.
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Is it just me, or does SA not load sometimes? At all? I can't load SA articles from home or at work...
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post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by Malcolm View Post
Could've sworn I've seen a few oooooold VGAs with upgradeable VRAM. I forget which ones or if it was ever very common, but I know they've existed before.
Kinda reminds me of this:

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Far. Future. Prototype. Hmm. Those three words tell me that this is all very iffy business.
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post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by derickwm View Post
Far. Future. Prototype. Hmm. Those three words tell me that this is all very iffy business.
You don't just fabricate a GPU just for fun... That means:
1) This is an existing GPU and AMD hacked on the additional stuff
2) This an upcoming GPU that complete at least first tape out (which means it would have to be a HD7xxx).
3) This is a future GPU that AMD is investing a LOT of money and wants no risks.


Again, GPU prototyping is done virtually on server farms. GPUs are not fabricated until they are being finalized. The only company capable of producing physical prototypes of complex chips is probably Intel (huge R&D budgets and their own fabs).
Edited by DuckieHo - 10/27/11 at 12:47pm
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post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by Malcolm View Post
Could've sworn I've seen a few oooooold VGAs with upgradeable VRAM. I forget which ones or if it was ever very common, but I know they've existed before.
I have a matrox PCI vga board sitting right in front of me with a dimm slot on it.

http://www.txcesssurplus.com/servlet...PCI-VGA/Detail
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post #29 of 31
If it is for VRAM, it doesn't seem like something that AMD hasn't done before:



It's the Radeon E4690 with 512MB onboard GDDR3 for embedded applications.
    
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post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
3) This is a future GPU that AMD is investing a LOT of money and wants no risks.
This or custom 6xxx/7xxx variant for the embedded market.

They might also be trying out a new very different architecture similar to BD and fine-tuning it in house alongside 7xxx until it's ready for prime time.
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