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Asus ESC 1000 Powered By 960 Nvidia Cores

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A new Asus supercomputer uses 960 Nvidia cores.

Talk about crazy: try building a supercomputer consisting of 960 Nvidia processing cores. That's what the madmen of Asus has done, a Frankenstein of the computer industry squashed into a desktop-sized form. In the end, Nvidia and Asus managed to squeeze out speeds of up to 1.1 teraflops--that's enough juice to run Crysis at its highest setting.

Will it be used for gaming? Probably after work hours, as the supercomputer is ideal for medical image manipulation, engineering, scientific research and other process-hogging applications. Under the hood, Asus' ESC 1000 uses Intel's LDA1366 Xeon W3580 microprocessor running at 3.33 GHz. Nvidia's 960 processing cores comprise of three Tesla c1060 computing processors and one Quadro FX 5800.

Additionally, the Asus supercomputer is housed in a 445-mm x 217.5-mm x 545-mm chassis. Other components include 24 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz DRAM, a 500 GB SATA II HDD, and a 1100W power supply. According to PC Advisor, the ESC 1000 will cost around $14,512 over a five-year period; the company would not provide pricing for individual units.

Asus said that the ESC 1000 will be available globally, and that the computers are now ready to ship.

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    Anonymous , October 27, 2009 9:14 PM
    But can it run Windows?
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    Chipi , October 27, 2009 9:21 PM
    Why do you have to mislead readers with this "960 Nvidia Cores" BS?
    It's not like it has 960 GPUs!
    A GPU shader or "thread processor" is in no way the equivalent of the term "core" used for CPUs
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    xnem3s1sx , October 27, 2009 9:31 PM
    Isn't one 4870 capable of 1.2 Teraflops, and the new 5870 of 2.4?
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    HansVonOhain , October 27, 2009 8:58 PM
    Damn, at a desktop size, that is incredible.

    After all this time, we finally conquer Crysis?
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    iLLz , October 27, 2009 9:01 PM
    Each of those Nvidia cards (4) has four GB of RAM. Three Tesla cards and the Quadro. So that's 16 GB of RAM on cards alone and 24 GB of RAM for the system. That is insane.

    This is going to be one hell of SuperPC for folding! I want one so bad now just to play around with and experiment.
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    kyeana , October 27, 2009 9:02 PM
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    that's enough juice to run Crysis at its highest setting.


    So no "can it play crysis?" then? :o 
  • 9 Hide
    LATTEH , October 27, 2009 9:06 PM
    I NEED BENCHMARKS.... MY HANDS THERE SHAKING
  • 15 Hide
    scook9 , October 27, 2009 9:11 PM
    Crysis has been conquered since the 5870's came out :) 

    3 of them will beat any game at MAX settings
  • 34 Hide
    Anonymous , October 27, 2009 9:14 PM
    But can it run Windows?
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    Anonymous , October 27, 2009 9:14 PM
    Just think, in another year or two, they'll have assembled another system which will be twice as powerful if not more so, in the same sized package!
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    Chipi , October 27, 2009 9:21 PM
    Why do you have to mislead readers with this "960 Nvidia Cores" BS?
    It's not like it has 960 GPUs!
    A GPU shader or "thread processor" is in no way the equivalent of the term "core" used for CPUs
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    eklipz330 , October 27, 2009 9:23 PM
    uhh... do you mean 960 SP's?
  • 21 Hide
    xnem3s1sx , October 27, 2009 9:31 PM
    Isn't one 4870 capable of 1.2 Teraflops, and the new 5870 of 2.4?
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    endorphines , October 27, 2009 9:33 PM
    considering how much juice it pulls, those numbers are not anything to be impressed by... a 5870 has about 2.5flops, this machine has 4 cards and 1tflop
    that's pretty stupendously craptacular if you ask me.
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    sublifer , October 27, 2009 9:46 PM
    960 cores = (3) GTX 280 class cards... whoop de doo. A single HD4870 can put out what? 1.2 Teraflops
    And people should be surprised that 3 GTX 280's can play Crysis on high?
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    apache_lives , October 27, 2009 9:47 PM
    ill just wait for a single card to blow all those cards out of the water - with video cards going the way there going it wont be long :D 
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    mrddr6 , October 27, 2009 9:48 PM
    geminireaperno...thats flops..not teraflops


    http://techreport.com/articles.x/14990

    "In fact, this is the first teraflop-capable GPU, with a theoretical peak of a cool one teraflops in the Radeon HD 4850 and up to 1.2 teraflops in the Radeon HD 4870."
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    Anonymous , October 27, 2009 9:57 PM
    mrddr6 let me put it this way. Can it run crysis in dx10 on all very high at 2560 x 1600 with 16xQ AA and still score an average of 60 fps or higher? They are talking about a system that can pull 60 fps on ANY settings with even the largest size monitors we have. Although his math is way off, it's 3.3 TF not 1.1, check your math. Although I find it silly to talk about crysis on a system like this, one that is clearly designed for professional/business use not gaming. Why would you use tesla and quadro for gaming! You should be using this as a render farm/simulator (physics, ray tracing, etc.).
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    IronRyan21 , October 27, 2009 10:09 PM
    ProDigit80But can it run Windows?


    LOL @ ProDigit80, you mean windows Vista? :) 
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    krazynutz , October 27, 2009 10:13 PM
    ProDigit80But can it run Windows?

    :D  Best post.
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    Shadow703793 , October 27, 2009 10:24 PM
    ProDigit80But can it run Windows?

    LOL EPIC POST! :lol: 

    FYI: Yes, after all it has a Xeon Nehalem which is x86-64. No Mac for this tho. :p 
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