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post #31 of 40
Hopefully more competition will lead to better products and price.
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Originally Posted by highwhey View Post
It would be too slow. Aren't GPU's more powerful than cpu's? That's why they fold so nicely.
he means in terms of the C2D coming out of nowhere and poundin the crap outta the competition. If they pull off a GPU version of C2D, it'll just be way out of nowhere and kick everyone's butt.
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post #33 of 40
I feel needing a GPU for Vista forced them to do this... Not really forced but it will make them more money.
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post #34 of 40
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Didn't Intel attempt discrete graphics before and failed bad?

I thought Intel said they were going for entry level cards.... $300 isn't so entry....
Yes they did. It was the i740, and was available only from a single vendor, Real3D. It was one of the first AGP chips made, and was intel's attempt at trying to get AGP off the ground (much like the PS3 and Blu-Ray), since they were the ones that made up AGP as well.

I wouldn't say it outright failed, but it definitely wasn't popular, with the hot cards being the Voodoo Banshee and Voodoo 2 (and also the Riva128). The 3dfx cards' image quality was crap compared to the i740. They were only capable of rendering textures with a resolution of only 256x256. The i740 could work with 1024x1024 textures. For comparison, the GeForce 8 series can use up to 8192x8192 resolution textures. So the graphics were much nicer and sharper than the Voodoos, but they ran too slow (the chip was clocked at only 100 MHz and didn't have enough fill rate to run high res textures at a really good framerate), and framerate was the only thing that mattered back then. It just cost too much for how slowly it performed.

I have the pci version, which is one of my prized pieces of gfx card history. The pci version was pretty unique. Since the i740 was exclusively an AGP chip, Real3D made a special bridge chip that converted it to work on the pci bus, and also implemented an interesting setup incorperating some onboard "AGP memory". It is much like the bridge chip on the AGP Geforce 6/7 series cards.

http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...ml#post1940493

Scroll up a few posts for a link to some benchmark scores to get an idea of how badly it got owned!
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It would be too slow. Aren't GPU's more powerful than cpu's? That's why they fold so nicely.
What I meant was something that is similarly stronger than its competition. If Intel can create as big of a gap between itself and nvidia as it did with AMD in the CPU market, I'll be all over it.
 
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post #36 of 40
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Didn't Intel attempt discrete graphics before and failed bad?

I thought Intel said they were going for entry level cards.... $300 isn't so entry....
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Intel will aim for the mid-range market in the initial stages
come on duckie... read..
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Wouldn't it be sweet to have conroe GPUs? lol!
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No.

Run 3dmark06 and when it gets the the CPU test you'll see why not.
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Originally Posted by sladesurfer View Post
more competion means greater innovation and lower price
Yea since AMD/ATI arn't competition! Man I had hope for them too.
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just imagine the buzz if intel were to kick nvidia's A§§ in the GPU catagory!..wow that will be brilliant,then we will have some real 'GPU WARS'!
hehehe.lol.
    
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