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What about performance benefits on crappy hardware like Atom? Or even regular systems (something whose cpu doesn't cost more than a typical laptop)?
For low power/low end systems it wouldn't give much speed, however in mid range if only gpu has enough processing units it could quite well accelerate vector and matrix based calculations however those won't normally happen if you are using your notebook/desktop for standard office/internet/multimedia except gaming where it won't matter because games are already using the gpu acceleration.
It will matter mostly for servers and computing workstations.
Oh and btw - @Michael, if you have this dual quad-core opteron system, would you be that nice and check out if this new magic can speed up some mesa software rasterization on cpu's? Maybe it's a bit silly to do this but it would do a nice proof of concept if this can be used for accelerating some system specific tasks.