nVIDIA: "Anywhere there's a pixel, that's where we want to be"

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  1. Shrek macrumors 65816

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    http://nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=IO_20010528_5898
    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.07/Nvidia.html
    http://nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=IO_20020715_4484

    Those are some words from nVIDIA's website. :cool:

    Those are the words of Jen-Hsun Huang (Co-Founder, President and CEO of nVIDIA Corporation, "the worldwide leader in graphics processors and media and communications devices"). :cool:



    Man, if nFORCE2 packs features like that I would love to see it come to the PPC Platform. Imagine what would happen if IBM/Motorola made processors for PPC's and nVIDIA supplied the motherboards or vice-versa. That would bring unprecedented performance and features to the PPC Platform! :eek: :D

    Since nVIDIA wants to be "anywhere there's a pixel," then why not bring nFORCE2 to the Mac? Macs are well-known for their superiority in working with graphics and videos, so this just makes a lot of sense! :D

    September? Isn't that when IBM plans to release it's 64-bit Power4 PPC processors? Um, yes. Maybe this means nFORCE2 technology will come with it! :D :eek: :D :eek: :D

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  2. Beej macrumors 68020

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    Heh, yeah, One of the three most important - Mac, Windows and Linux! :D
     
  3. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    It's not like you could just slap an nForce onto a Power Mac motherboard and be done with it. The nForce is a chipset for x86 systems only - actually, AMD's x86 chips only. Why would you want crappy integrated GF4MX graphics anyway? This is a chipset designed for cheap PCs and embedded x86 devices.


    Yeah... just like the dual GHz Mac offers "Pentium 4 crushing performance"! :)
     
  4. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just because their for x86 only right now doesn't mean that nVIDIA can't make a PPC version of it. Just like nVIDIA said, "Anywhere there's a pixel, that's where we want to be." :cool: And who ever said anything about nVIDIA's chips being cheap. There the thing of the future, man! These guys wanna make the CPU obsolete! :p

    Performance is one thing, and features (like 6 USB ports and three firewire ports) is something entirely different. And you still get Pentium "silicon crushing" performance, BTW.
     
  5. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    A PPC version of the nForce 2 would not be trivial; it would require a complete redesign of the "SPP" component as nVidia calls it. Making the CPU obsolete is great and all, but this isn't the chipset that's going to do it - this is strictly a chipset for low-end / low-cost / low-power / miniature PCs, and embedded devices.
    The onboard USB and Firewire ports are trivial, and this chipset would not deliver "Pentium-crushing" performance as it is not a CPU. At best, a PPC version of this would be as fast as its x86 counterpart, but the fact that Mac hardware tends to stagnate means that any performance advantages it might bring to the table would be fleeting and quickly eclipsed by the faster-moving PC market.

    This is all hypthetically speaking though, as there is not and never will be a version of the nForce 2 for the Mac. :) I believe it is in Apple's best interest to keep its core logic design in-house and not rely on third parties - this brings the advantages of chipsets perfectly tailored to the systems for which they are intended.

    Alex
     

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