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Intel: GeForce GTX 280 is only 14x faster than Core i7-960

By Matthew ยท 26 replies
Jun 24, 2010
  1. In a peculiar attempt to dismiss claims made by Nvidia, Intel yesterday argued that its CPU technology is only 14 times slower than the graphics company's GPUs. The unusual admission comes as the Santa Clara-based chipmaker looks to downplay Nvidia's claims that its GPUs outperform the conventional Intel processor by a factor of 100.

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  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 6,908   +10

    Only ? Picky Picky
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,110   +1,586

    Obviously the only resolution to this is have representatives from nVidia and Intel duke it out in a cage match with a fight to the death! ;)
  4. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    I think I would pay to see that :D
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    Only because intel's attempt at discreet graphics failed and is currently pending...
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    Well then lets roll out them Nvidia CPU's!
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    LOL I can only imagine what a sad display that would be. They'd have to air the fight on Comedy Central.
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,450   +454

    Somehow, I'm picturing the fight to the death scene on Vulcan between Spock and Kirk, only with 2 supernerds who can barely lift the weapons, wheezing and stumbling around trying to hit each other... Even have the dramatic music from the scene playing in my brain as they flail around...

    Thanks, TomSEA... I may need therapy or hypnosis or something to get this scene out of my head!
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Well in certain circumstances, I drive faster than Lewis Hamilton. (Namingly while he sleeps.) But I'm not going to run out and publish that, or did I?
  10. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I'm sure lewis hamilton drives faster than you in his dreams. Maybe you mean in your dreams? :p
  11. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,267

    ...until supernerd1.0 arbitrarily decides that the testing enviroment is flawed and presents his argument ALL IN CAPS that the setting should take place in a virtual Battlestar Galactica episode. Tantrums and hilarity ensue over who's futuristic space opera of super-advanced technology that still requires manually aimed small-arms is the dominant form.
    Pilot to air on Fox in the new season.
  12. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 648   +58

    Actually, I picture the Kirk vs Gorn fight! * Way more dramatic! High speed action intensive scenes! - end sarcasm*
  13. Vicbowling

    Vicbowling Banned

    Oh, Oh I just but a core i7 machine. Does this mean I made the wrong choice (again) *sigh* I can't win at this stuff.
  14. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Booster Posts: 206   +11

    I don't get it, how can you possibly compare a graphic processor vs. a... data processor?
  15. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,380   +53

    Because they get paid trash loads of money to do it, not you, that's why you can't see it.
  16. O yea baby
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    Is this the STOS battle over Spock's Vulcan Trollop Fiance....?

    "Jim...if you don't get him to Vulcan he'll die"! Why Bones"?

    After dealing with that b****, you'd think the next line would be, "oh death, where is thy sting"?

    Do Nvidia GPUs allow PS/2 mouse and keyboard, or are they USB only...?
    OK then, it is logical to assume by this you mean, that if any one of us was paid identical money, that would improve our vision...? :rolleyes:
  18. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,380   +53

    I guess if we were paid by nvidia to be more specific. And yes if we were paid identical moneys from the respective company we may feel compelled to feel the same way.
  19. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Booster Posts: 206   +11

    I don't get captain... Sorry, my english is not that good to get practical jokes or ironies... if that's what you intented to do...

    What's the point of the discussion if one processor cannot work without the other, and i don't mean these 2 processors, i mean the logical (or whatever is its name) processor is useless without a graphic processor and vice versa, who cares which one is more powerful?

    Pointless publication...
  20. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,267

    The article isn't dealing with CPU versus grahics processor. It means CPU versus GPGPU. In essence using the parallel nature of graphics processing (cores/shaders) to do the same type of computation that is undertaken traditionally by the CPU alone.
    A primer here.
    While CPU's and GPGPU's exist in tandem, both are optimized for their own particular branch of coding. Parallel computation tasks (like Folding@Home, SETI@Home, Milkyway@Home etc.)lends itself well to the many "cored" GPGPU which would bog down a 2,3,4,6 cored CPU.

    As for who cares which one is powerful....it's more a case of utilising both to increase productivity

    BTW : 2.98 Petaflops means that the system is theoretically capable of undertaking 2,980,000,000,000,000 FLoating point Operations (calculations) Per Second
  21. I smell a new cpu coming to the market soon :D, only problem is it uses 375 watts
  22. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,267

    Sounds frightening!

    Since Intel's new chips are already slated for 65w & 95w, nVidia doesn't have a x86 license and IBM's new Power7 has already been released it doesn't leave a whole lot of players left in the market
  23. Vicbowling, You made a horrible decision give me your whole i7 system and I will trade for a GTX280.

    Now you will be able to run Windows 7 14x faster.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    I would be careful with this. If Windows runs 14X faster, it may also crash in 1 /14 the time.
  25. Deathstar17

    Deathstar17 TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Exactly! This is such a ridiculous argument, if you need the power get a graphics card, but Intel isn't doing that bad of a job.
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