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Old 05-16-10, 10:14 PM   #1
Intel17
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Default What's the catch?

Okay, so help me understand this:

If a top end, $1000 Intel CPU can only do, say, 100 GFLOPS but a $500 nVidia or AMD graphics board can do >500 GFLOPS (in dp) and >1TFLOP (in sp), why is anything computationally expensive (compression, physics simulation, CADD, etc.) done on a CPU any more? What is the catch? Why haven't GPUs basically taken over with CPUs doing minimal work?
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