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Why can't we install a gpu chip like we install a cpu chip into a motherboard?

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this is just a question that popped up in my head a few moments ago.

why does the gpu chip have to go on a card and not in a similar looking cpu slot?
post #2 of 6
It would require much larger motherboards. Also, each gpu requires it's own specific parts and wiring, while one may need only a couple voltage regs, a stronger one would need more and higher quality ones. I'm sure there are many more reasons especially along licensing lines, but that's best of my knowledge.
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It could be done in theory. The manufacturers would just have to agree on a standard socket/memory/power regulation configuration. I'm guessing that they don't for 2 reasons: 1. Money. They can sell a whole card instead of just a chip. 2. Rate of advancement. Having to make everything compatible with 1 or 2 sockets, or going through the process of developing a new socket, would drastically slow down the current rate of GPU advancement.
 
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adding to what others have said, the mobo manufacturers would have to increase thier mobo line ups, have a different mobo for different series gpus adding to the number of mobos models that would have to be produced.. smile.gif
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post #5 of 6
Yup, they've basically stated it all...

It would be awesome though, wouldn't it!
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And to add to the list, current generation PCI-E slots already transmit data fast enough to not warrant a drastic design change for this purpose.
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