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Originally Posted by EK-MDiI wonder how long it will be until we achieve the required 450 million ray segs per second to achieve raytracing...
...I'm guessing just a few more years ;).
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854Not sure if thats sarcastic or whatnot, but if a single core P4 3.2 can do 100 million, then a quad core core 2 duo should be able to hit the 400 million easily considering how much higher a performance it has over the P4 line with lower clock speeds and a much higher FSB
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Originally Posted by PookeyheadSurely if it were that simple, and linear in scaling, someone with a 4 processor opteron board, with dual cores in each would be showing off their real time raytracing by now? It's not as if we've got to sit around waiting for Kentsfield for quad cores. There are systems out there available now, that can have 8 cores. There's more to a game than the 3d, and raytracing is not the only physics calc going on either. Then there's the AI etc... oh, and sound, and interfacing, and whole loads of other stuff... Nah... I'm going to be the sceptic in this thread, and sit here like a great big party pooper, and say "Bah Humbug" a great deal... I think it's gonna be some times before this happens.
I've just heard too many predictions go horribly wrong in IT. For all the great changes since my first ever PC... a Pentium 200MMX, a great deal has also not changed. Conroe and Kentsfield are good, but they're not revolutionary, and it's not as if there aren't quad core alternatives that have been available for some time. Maybe having four physical chips is not as efficient as having them on the same die, but surely Kentfield will not be THAT much faster than four fast opterons on the same board? Am I missing something about parallelism here?
I'll just sit back and watch. I'm assuming Conroe and Kentsfield will be interchangable anyway, so it's not as if it's a big deal to see what happens when it's released, and people can jump on the core2duo bandwagon now, and upgrade later hopefully.
4 cores tho!! Even with the new Intels having lower power requirements, I'm starting to shudder at the thought of how much power these rigs will consume.
Great article though: Well written and amusing.
Originally Posted by Kipman725If raytracing kicks off in a big way am I right in thinking Nvidia will no longer have a market for it's graphics cards as the CPU will do all the calculations?
Originally Posted by ZayfodAnyway, there is going to be a huge legacy market considering how long fans keep playing their favourite games. Though it could get interesting, should the changeover happen in some Twilight Zone-esk overnight conspiracy of silence fashion. "Open-GL and Direct 3D compatible cards? I'm not certain what your talking about sir, but might I be able to interest you in this new Nvidia RayForce 6000"
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