View Full Version : CPU+GPU

08-07-2007, 01:58 PM
I've been studying gpu programming and I had an idea. Why not write a software engine and use the gpu for doing calculations. Because the gpu lacks good programming operations that a cpu has. This way it is still hardware accelerated. And you can customise stuff with cpu for great graphics
Is this a good idea?
Is the gpu faster than a cpu?
Also with this you won't need the latest card that supports shader model 3 with branching and procedures etc. Coz even on a GeForce Fx5500 you can do some good calcs, cool stuff like texture lookups and topological info can be gathered from ram by cpu.

08-07-2007, 03:35 PM
as always a good google and you will see that the world is allready a few steps ahead of you.
And yes the GPU is way more powerful, but it is more restricted in what it can do compared to a CPU so not all things run faster on a GPU