Discussion in 'CellPerformance@B3D' started by MrCarrefour, Aug 19, 2009.
[ http://forum.beyond3d.com:80/showthread.php?p=1415133 ] .
I'm curious why doesn't Sony offer a $200 Cell PCI board, sort of like a GPU. I'm sure the cell and 512mb memory are dirt cheap and they could sell the PCI cards at a profit. This way enthusiasts just get a card. Sort of like the GigaAccel 180 card but not at the 5k price which is ridiculous.
Presumably because the market just isn't there. For 'Cell' to get into PCs, it'll likely be through SPURSEngine. Leadtek have a board, but I don't think there's anything at a consumer-level pricepoint.
I guess it makes more sense to abandon the Cell and go CUDA then? That's where the tech seems to be heading, I just wish we could get rid of the CPU altogether. I'd rather see 16 fast/lightweight cores than a 4-core i7 on the same size die.
OpenCL, not CUDA, please make that distinction
And the graphic card is no replacement for the central processing unit. Honestly, the CPU is handling many more processes and calls from the operating system.