Why Don't Hobbyists Use Cell Processors?

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Why Don't Hobbyists Use Cell Processors?

Post by ktriebol » Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:48 am

I have heard the stories saying that the Cell processor is supposed to be so good and all. The thought then occurred to me that no home PC builders that I know of use them in their system. It is basically Intel or AMD. Why is this? Here are some possible reasons that come to mind, but I don't know if they are legitimate:
1. Cost.
2. Availability.
3. No operating system available for it (I suppose because it is not x86).
4. No ATX-style motherboards are available for it.

Is any of the above true? Are there other reasons why Cell processors are not used in home systems?

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Re: Why Don't Hobbyists Use Cell Processors?

Post by nutball » Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:54 am

ktriebol wrote:Is any of the above true?
All of the above are true (and they're all interlinked of course).

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Post by sjschwinn » Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:41 pm

Cell has a PowerPC uProc core, with SPEs that use a proprietary ISA, so you're limited in the OS's you can run. For most everone, it would be a customized version of Linux. Since the PS3 allows/encourages you to load/run a different OS, there may be something available to run on the PS3 hardware in the future.

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Post by floffe » Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:57 pm

The current linux flavours for PS3 only see the main processor though, and can't use the other (7?) cores as it stands now.

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