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Not sure if this should be in the hardware section. Found it interesting.

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Antwerp (Belgium) - Recent advances in general purpose GPU computing are beginning to shift perceptions in supercomputing applications. Belgian researchers have assembled a relatively simple enthusiast PC with an emphasis on graphics processing capability, which beats a multi-million dollar supercomputer in its target application.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/PC-...uter,5513.html
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DANG! Im also surprised that the $5K PC only gets 12,603 in 3dmark06 with 4x 9800GX2s and a Phenom?
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DANG! Im also surprised that the $5K PC only gets 12,603 in 3dmark06 with 4x 9800GX2s and a Phenom?
Since the cards aren't in SLI.. only one would be benching.
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DANG! Im also surprised that the $5K PC only gets 12,603 in 3dmark06 with 4x 9800GX2s and a Phenom?
LOL--well, to be fair, the gfx cards are not in SLI since they're on a crossfire motherboard (also, I don't know if oct. SLI is even a glimmer in someone's eye at this point...).
    
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damn i want that PC in my house, 4 x 9800GX2, how you think it runs crysis?
    
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DANG! Im also surprised that the $5K PC only gets 12,603 in 3dmark06 with 4x 9800GX2s and a Phenom?
What's the point of 4x 9800GX2s? You can only SLI two of them...

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damn i want that PC in my house, 4 x 9800GX2, how you think it runs crysis?
since they werent in SLI probably ok, but imagine in SLI
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damn i want that PC in my house, 4 x 9800GX2, how you think it runs crysis?
Probably ****ty...LOL

On the other hand, I wonder how difficult it would be to get something like video encoding to properly work on a graphics card. I'd go for a multi-GPU setup just for that sake...
    
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since they werent in SLI probably ok, but imagine in SLI
i think it would be the end of the world.....(of warcraft)
    
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target application.
what application is that? If it's a game or 3dmark06, then yes the gaming PC should definitely win. If it's something like CnC or whatever a graphics-emphasized workstation is for, the gaming rig will lose flat out. That's the reason we have workstation video cards in the first place.

reading now to see what application they're talking about.
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