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By the end of 2007, we might see another improvement to the multi-GPU arena. Intel will be introducing a chip that manages multi-GPU setups (up to 4 GPUs) vs putting all that work on the CPU. The chip sounds like it will be placed on a card that will probably connect to either external or internal GPUs. Considering the specialization chip count is now on a rise, I would think putting as much chips on the outside is the best idea considering motherboards can only get so big. Here is the link.

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More chips eh? I rather not have any more internal or external. This seems more like a chipset add-on rather than another chip. Something like this would probebly be added to the northbridge of a motherboard.

Hmmmm... after reading it, it looks like they are making a chip. But I bet you later on, it will be built onto the northbridge or another chipset. It just seems too expensive to just add another chip.

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It could be, but didn't Leadtek get out of the motherboard industry a long time ago. The three companies mentioned do still make cards though. Then again, the chip may be placed both on motherboards (for value editions) and cards (for enthusiast editions).

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Originally posted by: Aggressor Prime
It could be, but didn't Leadtek get out of the motherboard industry a long time ago. The three companies mention do still make cards though. Then again, the chip may be placed both on motherboards (for value editions) and cards (for enthusiast editions).



What is the point of the chip anyway? I mean the CPU can't be that stressed or be stressed at all with Multi GPU's. It's basically 2 or more cards working together to make it seem like theres one card running 2 or more faster. I really don't see how the CPU is involved.

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Originally posted by: Unknown The chip acts like a hub connecting the main processor to the multiple graphics processors, serving as a traffic cop.


Why would the CPU be a traffic cop? That would bottleneck the whole computer having signals travel to the cpu and back. This whole theory doesn't make sense. You would think Nvidia or ATI already implemented a Traffic chip within the GPU.

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Here's the original article for anyone interested... The VR zone blurb has a lot of details wrong.

http://www.eetimes.eu/semi/192500635

Also... It's not made by Intel. This is just another startup that has a nifty idea that they're trying to make happen. Maybe it'll work out... maybe not. What this is reminding me of more is the deal with physics processors which I was skeptical about nearly right from the start thinking the functionality would be borged into the CPU in some way before it ever had a chance to really take off.

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Originally posted by: FrozenSteel
Hmmmm... after reading it, it looks like they are making a chip. But I bet you later on, it will be built onto the northbridge or another chipset. It just seems too expensive to just add another chip.



You get a gold star.



The system already has a "traffic cop". In fact, it has two of them. The northbridge, and the southbridge. Starting from there rather than reinventing the wheel sounds like a much better idea to me also. However, if they went that route, then this little startup would become one more company in the chipset market where nearly everyone is a whole lot bigger than they are.

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Originally posted by: Mime
The system already has a "traffic cop". In fact, it has two of them. The northbridge, and the southbridge. Starting from there rather than reinventing the wheel sounds like a much better idea to me also. However, if they went that route, then this little startup would become one more company in the chipset market where nearly everyone is a whole lot bigger than they are.



Yay, someone else for nVidia to buy out!!!

Seems like an interesting idea though...

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Originally posted by: Aggressor Prime
Considering the specialization chip count is now on a rise, I would think putting as much chips on the outside is the best idea considering motherboards can only get so big.


thats why they shrink the process and it becomes smaller and more efficient thus more transisitors for new things such as this.

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