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Kinda interesting to see how powerful it is compared to a regular computer and how much it costs.
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You're making incorrect assumptions about game developers. There's a good chance that they know more about game development than you.
Food for thought.
Why does everyone say "devs" this and devs that? Don't they only do as their publisher/time/money allows?

Developers generally have some influence on the publisher. The publisher isn't an expert in the development part of the game, they're the business experts, they're concentrating on when to release, how much to release, what the prices should be, what platforms they would prefer to launch on, etc. They coordinate with the developer and negotiate between the ideal (what they want), and the reality (what they can get). In the end the developer is restricted by the publisher by things like release dates, and more. The developers and publishers will make the best game they can given a budget that they've decided upon, and what kind of profits they're aiming for. Because profits are desired (it's a business, after all), developers aren't going to go out of their way to make the game utilize the 4x of the highest GPU around at the time in SLI, when the game launches, because that will benefit about 0.1% of their customers and that time is better spent on things like fixing bugs or making the game run more smoothly for the other 99.9%.
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The computer is powered by GPUs? How many?

Also, can it run Crysis?
     
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The computer is powered by GPUs? How many?

Also, can it run Crysis?

Over 18,000 GPUs. And no, it cannot run Crysis.
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While we upgrade our CPUs from i3's to i5's to i7's the real geeks are upgrading by the petaflops.

This is where allot of BD based Opterons went.

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The computer is powered by GPUs? How many?
Also, can it run Crysis?

It also has 200,000+ Opteron CPUs
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hmm they said we need a huge supercomputer. stanford said screw that we will convince people to spend the money and equipment cost for us instead
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