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    That will all change next week. On August 12, Nvidia will release new graphics drivers that will allow owners of most GeForce 8, GeForce 9, and GeForce GTX 200-series cards to use PhysX acceleration without spending a dime. Along with the drivers will come a downloadable PhysX software pack containing free Unreal Tournament 3 maps, the full version of NetDevil's Warmonger, a couple of Nvidia demos, and sneak peeks at Object Software's Metal Knight Zero and Nurien Software's Nurien social-networking service. Nvidia provided us with early access to the pack, and we've been testing it over the past couple of days.
    The downside of all this ought to be obvious to most folks with a red graphics card. PhysX currently doesn't work on AMD GPUs, which is a shame considering the excellent performance of the firm's new Radeon HD 4000-series products. We wouldn't be surprised to see Radeons gain physics support one way or another, though. Nvidia claims to be supporting an independent developer who wants to port PhysX to AMD cards, and truly widespread use of advanced physics effects may hinge on whether hardware from both companies supports the technology.

    With all that said, we probably wouldn't recommend basing a graphics card purchase on PhysX support. At least not until the dust settles and more PhysX-enabled games come out.

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    Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

    If your really brave it looks like you can get the leaked version already:

    http://en.expreview.com/2008/08/05/d...-80718-driver/

    I had a long crappy experience yesterday just trying to update my Nvidia drivers to official ones, even using DriverSweeper, so I think I will pass.

    And I'm still crashing from the new drivers. :icon11:

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      Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

      Very interesting, though kind of ironic considering I JUST uninstalled PhysX from my computer a couple of days ago. Pirates of the Burning Sea used it, and I played the game all of a couple of weeks, and am not aware of any other games that use it...
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        Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

        Ghost recon advanced warfighter series uses it.

        This is good news though and should allow for some great physics development.
        Last edited by Vulcan; 08-06-2008, 04:01 PM.


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          Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

          So now we have physics. How long until we all get integrated chemistry? :p
          Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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            Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

            Well it is out.
            Link:

            NVIDIA enables PhysX and CUDA support for GeForce 8 and higher GPUs with free downloads

            Nvidia trying to steal some of the limelight from AMD/ATI on the X2 release day.

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              Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

              Just spent some time on the official Nvidia site. Cool stuff you play with and watch.

              http://www.nvidia.com/content/forcewithin/us/index.html

              I am mostly interested in the Cuda part right now and hope to get around to trying the media encoder out. Lets you convert video super fast for things like your PSP or Ipod, etc.

              Not ready to try the 177.83 drivers yet after problems with the last 2.

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                Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

                Good so far with the new drivers. I played my usual COD4 and BF2 POE with no problems <knock on wood>

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                  Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

                  Some very interesting news out this morning about this.
                  Looks like the whole thing is very CPU dependent, and this pretty much goes against everything Nvidia had been saying. For those that don't know, Nvidia and Intel have been at each other's throats in the press, with Nvidia saying their GPUs will make the CPU obsolete, and Intel saying they will soon have so much power in their CPUs with many cores that a GPU will be unnecessary.

                  Here are the articles, kind of part 1 and 2:

                  http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...=8859&Itemid=1


                  http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...=8862&Itemid=1

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                    Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

                    Where is the 177.83 driver download?

                    Every time I go to NV's site and search for drivers for my 8800GT, it only shows the 175.19 drivers.
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                      Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

                      Get it by clicking around at the link I posted above:

                      http://www.nvidia.com/content/forcewithin/us/index.html


                      Edit:
                      Kind of interesting while on the same subject is this just posted article:
                      51-card NVIDIA folding rig can crank out 265,200 points / day

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                        Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

                        Originally posted by Bamboo View Post
                        Some very interesting news out this morning about this.
                        Looks like the whole thing is very CPU dependent, and this pretty much goes against everything Nvidia had been saying. For those that don't know, Nvidia and Intel have been at each other's throats in the press, with Nvidia saying their GPUs will make the CPU obsolete, and Intel saying they will soon have so much power in their CPUs with many cores that a GPU will be unnecessary.

                        Here are the articles, kind of part 1 and 2:

                        http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...=8859&Itemid=1


                        http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...=8862&Itemid=1


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                          Re: A first look at Nvidia's GPU physics

                          nVidia just proved that Intel and nV are dependent on each other, no matter how they deny it. :p
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