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I remember ~10 years ago talk of cpus being moved to add-on cards...

so i was just thinking...

IF, drivers get alot better-

AMD has good GPU tech in their APU's and the next gen apus should have DDR4 support, ~65W tdp's and are SOC's

what do you think of the idea being able to put several cards of an APU with ddr4 as crossfired gpus?

the draw backs i'd see are


2.i doubt the main apu will have enough pcie lanes to support more than 1 or 2 of these unless

---- they could supplement each one added to move the data around.

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AsRock kinda dabbled in this concept with the 939Dual motherboard. This was around 05'ish.


The conventional cpu plug was 939. However, a separate board with an AM2 plug could be attached to the mainboard by way of a special slot. The extra board also had its own DDR2 slots, while the mainboard had DDR1. It's pretty damn cool if you think about it, if in a weird, sorta useless way.

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This is a industry standard current card much like Blade Servers but for use in the telco industry and other industry specific vertical markets. Not cheap and while allows a very dense system as the box usually has 10 to 20 PCIE 16x card slots they also have a specialty slot to support and allow coworking of multiple cards.

Over all not price reasonable in todays current disposable market with price leaders going so cheap.

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It'd only really appeal to enthusiasts and even then, just a subsect. Perhaps 10 years ago when software still outpaced hardware, the concept would make more sense. But nowadays, even a Core i3/Pentium or AMD A-Series will have power to spare for years for applications that don't involve rendering graphics or CAD's. If that power is needed, that's what easily-upgradeable GPU's are typically for.

Plus with the PCIx16 and SATA-3 bus' nowhere close to being saturated by even SSD's or GPU's, you can buy a board and decent CPU and hang onto them for 5 years. Having an upgradable CPU port doesn't make much sense when it'd likely be cheaper to purchase a new mobo/cpu several years down the line anyways.

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Personally best to just buy a workstation system that has the dual or quad core CPU's on the motherboard. You can get a heck of a deal from DELL on a Quad Core, Dual CPU workstation.

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