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Wow Thats a Big move. Lets hope it just makes things better for us :

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THE ATI R600 will represent the last of it's breed, the monolithic GPU.
It will be replaced by a cluster of smaller GPUs with the R700 generation. This is the biggest change in the paradigm since 3Dfx came out with SLI, oh so many years ago.

Basically, if you look at the architecture of any modern GPU, R5xx/6xx or G80, it comprises pretty modular units connected by a big interconnect. Imagine if the interconnect was more distributed like say an Opteron and HT, you could have four small chips instead of one big one.

This would have massive advantages on design time, you need to make a chip of quarter the size or less, and just place many of them on the PCB. If you want a low-end board, use one, mid-range use four, pimped out edition, 16. You get the idea, Lego.
More here :http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35818
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I've been waiting for multi-core GPU's
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Is this not what the 7950GX2 did, just better?
    
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Is this not what the 7950GX2 did, just better?
The 7950GX2 was just two 7900gtx's (much lower clocks) working together. They were not actually on the same PCB, nor could they share ram.
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Its a really good idea.

All the 7950GX2 is, is two cards that plug into the same pci-e slot basically.

This sounds like they will just design one chip, then put a few of them on the board depending on how much you want to spend on the board.
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Its more of a redesign. The GX2 was just a 2 core idea, it didn't really span out into high-level parallelism. This is talking about adding cores as needed.
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