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The difference would be a pretty sustantial jump in performance with more SP's.
They are essentially data pipelines that allow the gpu to perform "parallel" computing. Meaning the gpu can handle many instructions at once. It is what makes gpu's so much more powerful than even a top of the line cpu of today. An example I can give is this: I have a Core i7 920 running at 3.4 Ghz. It has 4 physical cores, as well as hyperthreading, which creates another 4 virtual cores. So 8 cores means 8 threads. I also have a GTX-260 with a speed of only 626 Mhz, not Ghz. That gpu has 216 SP's. When I run Folding at home, I give both the cpu and gpu the same size work unit, and I start them at the same time. The gpu will finish 6 work units in the time it takes the cpu to finish one work unit, which is about 12 hours. Thanks to all the sp's on the gpu, it easily mops the floor with the cpu.
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