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Xeon Phi what is it?

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It's a co-processor used for computing similar to how a cpu and gpu works together.

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Parallel processing 

 

Its an alternative to something like Nvidia Tesla GPU

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Power.

 

That's what it is.

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Power.

 

That's what it is.

 

No, I promise you that thing can't max out BF4... or anything at all.

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No, I promise you that thing can't max out BF4... or anything at all.

 

That's not even close to the only definition of power...

 

This is like a "helping" CPU in your PCIe socket. It has to be programmed for very specific tasks, so is not something general consumers should even think about. For example, a service like YouTube could buy these and develop a compression algorithm that can use them. Or Pixar could use them for rendering.

 

For extreme rendering tasks, imagine a cluster array with something like 128 nodes (computers, essentially) linked up all working on one task with 128/ 256 CPUs and 3x Xeon Phis in each. Note that I don't know of any phis being used like this, it's only an example for context.

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That's not even close to the only definition of power...

 

I know what it is and what it is for however most people around here are gamers and measure power in "fps". Other people might measure it in "hash" or others could measure it in clock speeds.

 

But anyway back on topic overall I always was under the impression these were here really only to have a foothold in the workstation/rendering market but overall they were not quite as good as Nvidia or AMD's linup in the workstation market. Although I very well could be wrong on that.

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I know what it is and what it is for however most people around here are gamers and measure power in "fps". Other people might measure it in "hash" or others could measure it in clock speeds.

It could also be interpreted as power consumption.

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No, I promise you that thing can't max out BF4... or anything at all.

 

Is that what I said it could do? I know what a Xeon Phi is.

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It could also be interpreted as power consumption.

 

Well people don't measure horsepower by fuel consumption so I wouldn't measure a processor's power in it's power consumption :P

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It's a bunch of Ivy Bridge cores on a card. When you write a multithreaded program, you don't have to change the way you program, unlike with GPUs where you have to use a library. The extra threads can be serviced by the Xeon Phi cores.

 

Here's a build with a Xeon Phi from Teksyndicate

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I wonder if its  good for bitcoin mining :P

 

 

EDIT:Actually that would be a good linustech episode :P

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