Re: Single die vs plugin card
"Sure *gamers* will upgrade their GPU - but the really *big* market for GPUs is not processing graphics!"
Well, nVidia disagree with you there.
2019 Q1 results (Jan 2018 - Mar 2018)
Growth is change from smae period last year.
Gaming revenue: $1.7B, 68% growth
Datacenter: $700M, 71% growth
Professional visualisation: $250M, 22% growth
Automotive: $145M, 4% growth
Crypto miners: $290M.
So roughly two thirds of nVidia revenue (not just GPUs) is *only* processing graphics. Automotive is also processing graphics, but doing other stuff too, same as data centre. So counting dual use as not doing graphics, the majority use case is still crunching numbers for graphics.
"Once standard desktop software needs a GPU to perform well"
Did I miss something? Isn't that ALREADY the case, which is why CPUs have had a GPU on them for a decade or more?
The majority of GPUs I own are not used for graphics. But I'm a pretty odd case, and most of my usage of them doesn't need a lot of grunt from the rest of the system, as they are being run on hardware several generations behind (2Ghz Xeons, DDR3, x4 PCIe2 slots) since they get the same performance on shiny new kit as the bottleneck is still on the card itself.