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For what it's actually worth, AMD made a smart move. Piggybacking off one of the best card makers in the entire world and market for revenue, isn't such a bad idea during the investment portion of R&D for their new multi-core chipsets. When the moguls gather again for their mortal combat, AMD can at least outshine Intel with the fact that their video cards come from their newly acquired development team, and that due to that, the cards have improved somehow.

I hope the fact that AMD bought the video and commercial/non-commercial application technology company ATI doesn't stray the devout followers of ATI card buyers away from that particular market. The R600, and any other that comes of breakthroughs and epiphanies, may be a stronger chip if AMD lends a hand to it. Hell, there could even be a possibility that they drop a couple of their market socket chipsets in for an LPE series card that could start a unifying trend on CPU/GPU frequency tie-ins, and how they utilize what stage set RAM is in the PC and on the card.

There's always something new about a computer that makes someone want something more. Physics engines that take the brunt of vector, graphics, and trig/geo calculations and push them to the limit, commercially available home based sound cards with RAM for more voice and synth counts than ever before, hardware rails for new technologies and applications, or the actual chips that become our wettest dream in gaming or processing. Graphics and processors will always be in need of improvement, at least to some small facet in detail or design. We like the looks hot. We love the performance size big. Now, let's just get them home without breaking the bank.
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I envision a day where we have one whole half of the mobo for our 4 CPU's, 2 GPU's and 1 PPU and the cooling would involve one large slab of copper covering it with just the Memory, cable slots, and back end plugs hanging out.
More like a PC would just be one pig chunk of copper with cables running out of it... that thing is going to be heavy.
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Well we're seeing unbelievable speeds on CPU's right now with passive cooling. Who knows maybe in the future chips will become much cooler.
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post #14 of 16
it's probably for people that would buy graphics integrated on the Mobo. so now, it's integrated into the processor. saves space maybe? and it's probably faster.
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Quote:
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Well we're seeing unbelievable speeds on CPU's right now with passive cooling. Who knows maybe in the future chips will become much cooler.
That would mean they'd build them to last. Why would a company build a chip that didn't need replaced or outmoded as soon as it was built? That'd be like an honest politician, a dependable car, and a rock band that still rocks 60 years later rolled all into one.

And besides, the thinner the materials making the part means less and less resistance to electrical wear and tear. Unless they make them more durable, prices will stay the same, and users will get the same performance, no matter how much they try to stabilize or analyze what's actually being done under the hood.
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Its a trivial technology with an even more trivial future. Workstations, Cheaper Basic Work Machines, Servers, The like, It will work for. Enthusiast? Short Answer: No. A high end CPU/GPU solution might shave a few watts off in the end, but it would be far too expensive at this time, and by far very impractical. Intel has a better chance of taking off with a technology like this because they will already have 45nm down before 2009. With that, they're pretty much holding a piece of the puzzle for making something like this happen. Keep in mind im not biased on this, it IS an opinion, but take a moment to consider that AMD hasn't gotten comfortable with 65nm yet, let alone released 65nm parts, so they don't seem to be at much of a point to really start this kind of project, even in 2009. It'll have its issues in the beginning, as every initial release does, but it might come out to be beneficial in the more mainstream markets, just not enthusiast.
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