Originally Posted by Skeegle
Wait I don't understand fully. How can a GPU have hundreds of cores? The Kentsfield is still $1200 because it has four...so how can a $600 GPU have multiples upon multiples of cores? I don't think I understand what they are saying. And if the 8800GTX has this capability, why isn't it getting hundreds of thousands of points in 3dmark06?
This is a pretty complicated issue. The term "core" is not used in the same context as a core as we all know it - CPU. They mean that a core can process one thread at a time. In the G80, there are 8 "tiles" of hardware. Each "tile" as two groups of eight "cores." Therefore, there are a total of 128 of these "cores" that can each process a thread. However, each thread that the GPU processes is different and not as complex as regular CPU threads, so it can't be compared apples to apples.
Each green square represents one of these cores.
Source and further reading into the G80 architecure here
and more here