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QOTD: Do You Want Nvidia to Make CPUs?

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Things in life change, and so do things in the IT industry. The previous three or four years around the early 2000's, was somewhat slow in growth. But in the last two years, things have really picked up again.

This leads us to CPUs. Even in the CPU landscape, things are rapidly changing. Architectures are getting increasingly more efficient, clock for clock. But CPUs themselves aside, even manufacturers are changing. Just this year, AMD decided to spin-off its manufacturing arms into what's now known as Globalfoundries.

However, there's one quaint company, called Nvidia, that's been promoting how powerful its GPUs are for more than just graphics. But don't think of Nvidia's products as the traditional GPU anymore like they once were. With such things as CUDA, Nvidia represents a very powerful option for the future. Although Nvidia has denied much about creating a full-fledged CPU, I can tell you now that it's very possible. That said:

The question of the day is: Do you want Nvidia to make CPUs to compete with Intel and AMD?

There's no doubt, that this is a very hot topic.

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  • 27 Hide
    ZeroTech , March 26, 2009 5:59 PM
    YES, competition is great for consumers.
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    cruiseoveride , March 26, 2009 6:00 PM
    YES

    No Intel monopolies please.
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    xyzionz , March 26, 2009 6:04 PM
    Competition leads to technology advancement and innovation , why not ?
    GOOOOO nVidia
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  • 27 Hide
    ZeroTech , March 26, 2009 5:59 PM
    YES, competition is great for consumers.
  • 21 Hide
    cruiseoveride , March 26, 2009 6:00 PM
    YES

    No Intel monopolies please.
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    A Stoner , March 26, 2009 6:01 PM
    Sweet if they do. I just hope that does not cause Intel to decide to crush them out of existance.
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    xyzionz , March 26, 2009 6:04 PM
    Competition leads to technology advancement and innovation , why not ?
    GOOOOO nVidia
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    deltatux , March 26, 2009 6:04 PM
    Yes, the more competition the merrier for the industry and for consumers. In the end, we win!
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    NuclearShadow , March 26, 2009 6:05 PM
    I think it would be good if they did. Sure their CPU's at first may not be amazing but if they offered them at a lower price and if they could make them the best bang for the buck then they could end up being a popular choice. This would also be great for us as the prices would lower and more selection is always a good thing.
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    scarpa , March 26, 2009 6:05 PM
    Of course, the more companies the better, competition is the best for everybody.
  • 14 Hide
    smartel7070 , March 26, 2009 6:08 PM
    Like most posters said competition is great for the consumers so why not !
  • 4 Hide
    spanspace , March 26, 2009 6:10 PM
    I smell an ATI FanBoy. I am pretty sure Nvidia compete enough to stay alive in the CPU game.
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    KyleSTL , March 26, 2009 6:11 PM
    I like how nVidia went from being the bad guy for their failing bumps (Geforce 8600 products) and unethical naming schemes (8800/9800/240, among others), to the good guy because they'll challenge Intel. I still think they're a borderline unethical company lead by a clinical psycho with a big mouth. That being said, competition is always a good thing, so long as Intel and the courts allow them to enter the competition.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2009 6:12 PM
    Is the Intel (x86/64) so embedded that a New Type of processor, probably more effecient with a whole new instruction set, that Intel can't be controller of come along? Or is it like Windows, and just have to live with it? Or is the x86/64 the most effiencent we can have?

    If nVidia is looking to just copy the x86/64's don't think I would really care one way or the other.
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    HermDawg , March 26, 2009 6:14 PM
    Yes, why not? And I hope Nvidia does well at it just to show Intel what's up. I think Nvidia making CPUs will help introduce innovation industry wide especially in the category the Atom processors are in just like AMD's 64 bit processors did with mainstream processors.
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    A Stoner , March 26, 2009 6:16 PM
    Compition is great, but the final straw that will determine if nVidia is successful is going to be the people it hires and places in charge of executing the business plan. That along with whether Intel decides it has had enough of nVidia the puny and uses it's new GPU to crush nVidia on the GPU side of things. It has potential to do this, if it's GPU is really as powerfull as everyone thinks it is going to be. I do not think that nVidia could compete if it does not have a strong GPU position to absorb the initial loses required to do all the Research and Developement of making a competitive product as well as the initial low prices that will likely be required to obtain some market share, and more importantly, along with that market share, respect.
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    jstrode , March 26, 2009 6:17 PM
    I work at Intel, I want to make that clear. 1. Everyone wants a company to grow, to expand, and to make shareholders rich. When they get too big, everyone jumps on the wagon insisting they are too big. Microsoft is being investigated because they include Internet exploder as an integral part of their OS. No one complains when MAC does this with Safari, or Opera, because they are not large enough to pose a threat. Intel is being investigated by EU, and the New York attorney generals office about price fixing and paying resellers when they sell more Intel CPU's than AMD. (I actually think that is good business) - the New York case is significent, because guess what, that is where AMD has a fab, and New York granted numerous incentives for AMD to come there. New York loses if Intel continues to grow market share over AMD, as AMD has less money for taxes. This is all about money. Yes, I do think Nvidia should enter the market, not for competition, or because they have a better product, but because their entry will push intel to create better, faster, and more watt / cost effective CPU's, which is a good think. NOT because Intel is a monopoly.
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    theuerkorn , March 26, 2009 6:17 PM
    Sure, why not. However, if nVidia basically produces me-too cpus with minor distinction, it may be too much of a distraction for nVidia with too little return. On the other hand, if they go radically different, needed software support might be the "Achilles heel".
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    FrozenGpu , March 26, 2009 6:21 PM
    I only want Nvidia CPU's if they are rebadged G92 cores.
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    falchard , March 26, 2009 6:25 PM
    If they enter the CPU market, I would imagine they would need to partner with another company like VIA, SUN, IBM, or AMD to get the initial groundwork and the patents to make a processor usable on most consumer machines.
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    captaincharisma , March 26, 2009 6:25 PM
    NVidia can have an advantage with CPU's. just use one of there GPU's and slap some x86 and AMD64 instruction sets in there and sell it as a gaming CPU
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