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  • is a PhysX card worth it?

    Just as the title is a PhysX card worth it for improved frame rates? Everything I have seen is that the only thing that it does is make the very few games made for it have a more non game elements in game.

    That haveing been said is there a way to add a PhysX card to a dual 4870 setup?

    Information seems old and hard to find mostly.
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    Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

    To my knowledge, very few games support it. Most developers let the video card and the processor handle everything in games. IMO its not worth it.

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      Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

      It was sold to Nvidia, so if you want PhysX you need an nvidia card. Though ATI is about to give a lot more details about their version like next week at the Game Dev. Conference.

      If you are talking about buying a separate card, then def. not worth it.

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        Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

        I read an article where they had 2 rigs; one had a PhysX card and one was the "control". They had a group of gamers "blind test" both machines across multiple games to see if they could tell which machine was running with the card, and the test subjects either noticed no difference, or guessed wrong.

        I really doubt it's worth the investment.


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          Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

          Plus if you have an Nvidia card with Physx stuff integrated (8800 and newer i think) you can use it for some physx effects in game such as Mirror's Edge.


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            Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

            In mirrors edge it made more non game elements that were eye candy but slowed FPS when one was used for PhysX.
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              Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

              physx cards are a waste

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              • #8
                Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

                Originally posted by Thesleeper01 View Post
                In mirrors edge it made more non game elements that were eye candy but slowed FPS when one was used for PhysX.
                not saying it was necessary to the game, just saying it's possible.


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                  Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

                  It seems the feed back confirmed what I found that for now they suck.
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                    Re: is a PhysX card worth it?

                    Note that this doesn't mean the idea is bad, just that no games implemented it effectively. Offloading physics from the main CPU means better physics, like rag doll animations that aren't pre-scripted, and destroyable environments that don't require that the break points be in specific places.

                    It's like when sound cards first came out (mid 80's?) and every card was different and required special support by specific games.

                    It's also like games written for Linux. Linux might be a great OS, but few write games for it, because few game buyers have Linux. Similarly, why write a game that uses a physics card if no one owns one?
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