Originally Posted by Xzibit
Like I said I think its a happy medium in the price for those with no or minimal DP workload.
True enough to a degree, but then there is a reason that Nvidia command 80+% of the pro market- namely a better and more evolved professional driver and software environment. The toolkits offered by AMD aren't even close to that offered Tesla and Quadro (SceniX
, or the CUDA SDK
for example in relation to AMD's APP
(ex-Stream) SDK). If hardware were the only criteria involved then AMD wouldn't be in the present situation regarding workstation and HPC GPGPU.
Originally Posted by repman244
But another thing to consider is that this is the first time Tesla uses a chip that wasn't in the consumer counterpart first, which can be an indication that it was built for only Tesla in mind.
But that's just my guessing, only time will tell what exactly is the chip meant for
Ryan Smith (Anandtech) seems to think a Quadro variant will eventuate (2nd page of the comments in the link below). Bearing in mind that ORNL were the lead customer and Nvidia seem to have their hands full satisfying Tesla demand...
...it would seem that Nvidia are fulfilling HPC contracts first.
What would you expect Nvidia to do with the full 15SMX GPU's and other GPU's that are likely to fall outside of server power budget? It would seem you either fuse off perfectly good blocks for 15SMX parts, or throw away high leakage GPU's that could be utilized in a 250+W consumer card- and gain some PR into the bargain. Looking at Nvidia's past record, I'm pretty certain which course of action they would likely take.