Whatever happened to Dual Core graphics cards?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by combatcolin, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. combatcolin macrumors 68020

    combatcolin

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    I was chatting to a tech friend of mine the other day, and he reminded me about a comment i made last year - i reckoned that by 2007 we would start to see Dual Core graphic cards on the market.

    So, did i get it totally wrong or will we see a dual core powerhouse from nVidia or ATI sometime?
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i don't think we'll be seeing the need for dual core graphics cards just yet. since they're made for a very specific task, they're highly specialized and i don't think they've reached the point where they have no other way to grow and juice more power out of them yet. i'd say maybe 5-7 years down the line we'd see them.
     
  3. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    They are still clocking pretty low compared to CPUs, and due to their specialized use they are more efficient. I think they'll stay single-core for some time.
     
  4. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    GPUs have always been multi-core...check this out, particularly the diagram at the top. Each of those little green boxes is a processing unit. Yes, all 128 of them. Makes the 8-core Mac Pro seem anemic by comparison, eh? ;) If you mean dual-chip, it's more efficient just to keep adding more processing units to a single chip, though as you can see by the other pics there, the chips are starting to get a bit big. But with heat/energy consumption issues as they are already, I don't see adding additional monster chips like that being feasible.

    --Eric
     

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