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i was just helping a kid find a cheap gamable laptop for school, and I got to thinking;

this new a10 8750 coming out is an interesting little laptop chip. It's sup[posed to do asymmetric CF better than before, but what is the GPU it would crossfire best with? Another 8750D. You'd get 7850ish level performance in a low wattage, fairly cool machine. Good laptop idea, but what would you p[ut in a desktop?

The same thing! All mITX have a x16 pcie slot. it's not often used thoguh because tey're put in pancake boxes where nothing will fit.

This thing is low wattage, and it's small. Do a half height mini singel slot video card. There's only one card in the whole fricken box, so you got room on both sides to play with for the cooler. It could be effectively two slot width as long as the card was in the middle instead of on the side.

it would make a FANfreakintastic steam machine, and it could be fairly cheap. the fab is done, and the manufacturing is ramped, so the fixed manufacturing costs are probably not that high. The chip may sell for a pile separately, but you'll want to solder it to the board, so it's not like folks can upgrade their laptops with it. You can cheap out on the ram by using ddr3 which you would need to do anyway because the APU is using it. Get it out the door for $150-$200 a pop retail. it will be more expensive than equivalent performing full height cards, but that won't matter, because the people that want one can't use a big card.

People who want to make an HTPC will love the heck out of the thing because it will actually fit in their case, so you've got a ready install base, even if it's not that big. The i3 owners will buy em too, and because they won't CF with their iGPU they still won;t work quite as well as they do in an AMD machine.

i don;t know if it's actually feasible, but it's an interesting idea anyway.
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New gaming rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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