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Are PCI-E CPU's possible?

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Is it or will it ever be possible to add a CPU to a PCI-E slot? Instead of upgrading your main CPU, for more cores, I think a great option would be to add one to a PCI-E slot, the same way people increase their power with more GPUs.

I'm sure this would be great for hardware manufacturers because it would be another thing people could spend money on...options are always nice.


Would love a nice, sleek one, to add in for an extra core, like this:
Edited by TheBloodEagle - 3/27/14 at 11:01pm
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Its called a GPU
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You do realize that a GPU is actually a processor and can be in theory used in the way you are talking about, right? And I'm pretty sure this is actually the purpose nVidia Teslas and Xeon Phis are made for.
Edited by byteninja2 - 3/27/14 at 10:42pm
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You can render videos with OpenCL or CUDA on graphics cards from either vendor (AMD/NVIDIA). In fact, this is done pretty frequently to save time... the parallelism helps out a lot. There are pricey workstation cards designed for this sort of thing as well, with good double-precision performance, ECC RAM, and other serious computing features.
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You do realize that a GPU is actually a processor and can be in theory used in the way you are talking about, right? And I'm pretty sure this is actually the purpose nVidia Teslas and Xeon Phis are made for.

Oh yeah of course, but I was under the impression that for encoding, Premiere used the CPU, which can still even take over an hour or more, just for a small video. The GPU was just helping for effects, etc, placed on the timeline & scrubbing through it. Even with the Mercury playback engine. I could be wrong, I'm still thinking CS 5.5, even though 6 and CC is out.
Edited by TheBloodEagle - 3/27/14 at 10:55pm
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Thats what GPGPU processing is for. Ever since OpenCL became a reality it was possible to offload a number of tasks to the GPU for hardware acceleration.
The closest i personally know of having a general purpose x86 compatible addon card is Xeon Phi, and those are beyond horrendously expensive.
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The closest i personally know of having a general purpose x86 compatible addon card is Xeon Phi, and those are beyond horrendously expensive.

Just checked them out now...woahhh. Would love a budget version of those. Exactly what I'm asking for!
Instead of 57 cores for $1650, I'd settle for 2 cores! biggrin.gif

http://www.pugetsystems.com/blog/2013/10/07/Intel-Xeon-Phi-with-Windows-510/


http://ark.intel.com/products/75798/Intel-Xeon-Phi-Coprocessor-3120P-6GB-1_100-GHz-57-core
Edited by TheBloodEagle - 3/27/14 at 11:19pm
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Did you know CPU's used to come on daughter boards back in the day.
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Did you know CPU's used to come on daughter boards back in the day.

Did not know! Way cool Arakasi. Doing quick Google searches now. The closest I heard before was those multi-socket motherboards.

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