While many of us are running either an ATI or Nvidia GPU in our systems, the world’s largest maker of graphics chips is Intel.
Thanks to its integrated graphics, Intel’s GPUs are the most common ones on the market. They are, however, chosen for their cost and integration rather than performance. Intel is looking to change that with Larrabee, which will also be a GPGPU.
Intel spoke at the at the opening of Saarland University's Visual Computing Institute and revealed that Larrabee uses 32 processor cores and mates each of these with its own vector math unit, according to Guru3D.
German site PCGamesHardware also has a blurry picture of the Larrabee die, which shows each of the processor cores along with cache memory and a memory interface.
Guru3D noted in its story that Intel's Joseph Schultz said Larrabee was pushed back from its original target, but we spoke to Intel to get the full story.
“There is no delay. We always said it would launch in the 2009/2010 timeframe,” an Intel representative told Tom’s Hardware. “We are narrowing that timeframe to the 1st half of 2010.”
“Larrabee is healthy and in our labs right now,” added the representative. “There will be multiple versions of Larrabee over time. We are not releasing additional details at this time.”
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Sure, but can it play Crysis?Reply
I just love the full in-depth news coverage here. More like a press release. Snore.Reply
Any have any thoughts (or better yet, facts) about the average price Larrabee's gonna be at in 2011-ish? I mean like, is it high end like Intel SSD's (way over-priced) or will it be around the same price as the GTX/48XX's right now?Reply
Now the real question comes to price. If it will be more expensive and harder to integrate with existing apps, will it catch on with the integrated market. My guess is that for the market Intel is going for, cost effectiveness is key.Reply
>> harder to integrate with existing appsReply
I believe it will support openGL & DirectX. you can search on google for this.
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slickuser>> harder to integrate with existing appsI believe it will support openGL & DirectX. you can search on google for this.But unlike modern GPUs that have the commands stored on the chip, the lazybee will need a library to translate regular x86 into DirectX/OpenGL commands. Mad overhead if you ask me.Reply
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I will be building my new system around this timeframe, bad news is that things like this will have me waiting for a couple of more months for better hardware.Reply
Btw I think that unless Intel lunches this first generation of GPUs at a low price is not going to be accepted too well.