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Just imagine a 16-core graphics card in action


Enlarge pictureIntel's multi-core graphics chip, also known as Larrabee will be capable of running games. The chip is one of the boldest graphics projects in the world and will reportedly offer full compatibility with Microsoft's DirectX technology, as well as with the OpenGL API.

As previously reported, the Larrabee graphics chip will come with no less than 16 pre-integrated graphics cores. When it finally arrives on the market, the chip will be able to deliver much more graphics horsepower than its already existing competitors on the market.

The Larrabee is more than a graphics chip: apart from the impressive number of 16 graphic-oriented cores, the chip will also be capable to process the entire x86 instruction set that comes implemented into modern processor architectures.

Imagine a graphics card that comes with 16 integrated graphics cores, that can easily reach working frequencies of 2 GHz. Things don't stop here, as the chip's modular structure allows the company to easily scale it up to a few thousand cores.

According to Pat Gelsinger, the company's senior vice president, Intel will pitch the Larrabee chip as a graphics card, with an impressive computing power that reaches more than one teraflop.

At the moment, it is unknown whether Intel will release a gaming driver along with its Larrabee chip, given the additional headache that usually occurs with such software, but recent rumors claim that Intel has already assigned between 800 and 1,200 engineers to the project, in order to take care of the chip's hardware and software aspects.

The retail version of the Larrabee silicon is expected to arrive on the market in the first half of the next year

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i really don't see the point in this, if most apps now don't support or use the power of all 4 cores.
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i really don't see the point in this, if most apps now don't support or use the power of all 4 cores.
Graphics card, not CPU. Intel is trying to basically make 8xGX2 on 1 GPU.
    
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Graphics card, not CPU. Intel is trying to basically make 8xGX2 on 1 GPU.
These are basically x86 cores with some more instructions.Not the traditional GPU core in the GX2. I wouldn't use that comparison.
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These are basically x86 cores with some more instructions.Not the traditional GPU core in the GX2. I wouldn't use that comparison.
I was just trying to use a very simple comparison. It sounded like he thought the article was talking about CPU's not GPU's.

But yes, this kind of scaling and capability has very few comparables these days.
    
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i really don't see the point in this, if most apps now don't support or use the power of all 4 cores.
I think its supposed to be a graphics card, and not a processor, or maybe it does both like AMD's Fusion....

Either way I hope this larrabee thing fails... hard.
Because if it succeeds both Nvidia and AMD are ****ed, and that means intel will pretty much own 100% of the market share in every computer component segment, which will not be good for prices, or for innovation.

We really don't want to see a Microsoft equivalent on the hardware side of PCs...
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I think it would be really funny if intel came out of nowhere and released a graphics card that tore up anything being offered from ATI and nvidia. I mean, here ati and nvidia are, fighting for the top spot for all these years, and then sneaking up from behind intel releases a graphics card that leaves them both up *****s creek without a paddle.

Of course intel may get in trouble for being a monopoly, they are dominating the CPU industry, and now are trying to hijack the graphics and physics as well.
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I think the whole multi-core thing is getting a little ridiculous. I mean I'm all for increasing technology, but they're talking about a 16-core card right now that could 'easily scale up to a few thousand cores.' If its so easy then why aren't they doing it now? I know that's kinda a stupid question, but sometimes stupid questions need to be asked.

Plus more cores might mean better performance, but part of me worries that the emphasis manufacturers put on more cores will eventually just result in having 1,000 sub-par cores. 'So what if this core sucks, we're gonna stick another 900 right next to it' kinda situation. Or even worse, you'll have a card with 1,000 perfect cores on it that will cost more than your whole computer does now; and since the technology will be out there game designers will design to those specs and those of us who can't afford that **** won't be able to keep up. Somewhat of a worse case scenario, but no one else seems to be thinking about that, so I thought I'd be the guinea pig.
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They need years of experince in order to even come close to ATi and nvidia. Come one Intel only did a good job with CD2 thats it. Last i remeber they were not the best. There current GX suck. They cant just make a card from scrach and actully make it powerfull enough to work with curent games.
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kinda like when the playstation came out and killed sega? and seriously dented nintendo?
    
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