Will there be 300W Discrete GPUs in 5 years? 10?

Discussion in 'Architecture and Products' started by Jawed, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Entropy


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    Cost/benefit, I guess. I reckon that they assume that desktop users interested in better performing Graphics will opt for an add-in card rather than pay heavily for what is comparatively modest performance.
    It is interesting that in Intels official list of processors, there are no Iris Pro products at all. http://ark.intel.com/products/codename/42174/Haswell#@All
    I honestly don't know how to interpret this, it may be that those processors are only made available on request by corporate customers. These processors aren't found at online retailers either. Intel has made no sign that they will take any alternative path with Skylake, and since Cannonlake is supposed to be largely a process shrink of Skylake, this is how they intend to go forward until roughly mid 2018, if 10nm by beginning of 2017 was an accurate statement.
    I guess their product stack is determined in discussions with their large customers influenced by their own long-term strategy.

    Regardless, this opens a market window for AMD if non-upgradeable memory is acceptable, which it should be by many consumers, particularly given the benefits.
  2. Xmas

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    Feb 6, 2002
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    If we're talking about several gigabytes of stacked HBM with external memory as an option (and some APUs might not offer that option at all, dropping the additional memory controller and I/O pins) I would expect them to be exposed as separate physical address ranges which the OS would manage transparently. The OS could provide allocation functions with explicit priority level, and treat ordinary allocations as medium priority which would be placed in HBM as long as there is space (but move them to external memory if there is a higher priority allocation, e.g. from the graphics driver).

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