Batman: Arkham City NVIDIA PhysX Trailer May Sell Some Video Cards

I don’t know how many of you are running NVIDIA PhysX on your PC, but those of you who aren’t may not want to watch this video. Why not? Well, unless you’ve got some upgrade money lying around, this video may make you sad at just how much you’re going to miss in the PC version of Batman: Arkham City. The GeForce 8800GT is the video card listed as the minimum required card.

The left half of this video shows off Arkham City running on a GeForce 8800GT (the minimum required video card) without PhysX. The game looks quite nice, but then your eyes wander over to the right panel. This side features the game running on a GeForce GTX 560 with PhysX. The difference between the two could hardly be more startling.

If you want some of that PhysX action, you can grab a GTX 560 for about $240 on Batman: Arkham City hits PC on Nov. 15th.

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7 Comments on Batman: Arkham City NVIDIA PhysX Trailer May Sell Some Video Cards


On October 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

Nice. Glad I went with NVidia on my last upgrade!


On October 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Just so you know the 8800 has a physx card on it that is a marketing gimmick. They have had them for a while.


On October 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Yeah, any Nvidia video card made starting with the the 8800 series up until the present can do PhysX in hardware (some PhysX calculations can be offloaded to the CPU too). The video seems to imply that an 8800GT can’t do PhysX, when in fact it can. Now, whether it can maintain a nice framerate with it enabled is another thing entirely. Probably why they are using it as their baseline in the comparison. It’s more a comparison of what effects you can get in the game while maintaining a decent framerate.

A GTX560 is 2 generations ahead of an 8800. So it’s like comparing a Ferrari to a VW Beetle.

If the PhysX effects in this are just like the first game, then it’s nothing to write home about. The novelty of paper flying around wears off fast.


On October 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm

DX11 Tesselation is going to be far more impressive than the PhysX stuff. A 500 series will get you both. Now all we need are benchmarks.


On October 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

I know they have done physX for a long time now but I always turn it off. It causes more gameplay issues and lag than the pretty visuals it makes. Unless you have a dedicated card just for physX, forget it. I’ll take 50-60fps over a little more particles any day.


On October 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

My 460gtx plays the first Arkham Asylum with PhysX no prob. No stutters or anything I don’t even overclock on that particular game. PhysX makes a big difference on that game, well worth any framerate drop that I can’t see.


On December 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

You DO NOT NEED AN NVIDIA CARD for the Physx effects in Arkham City!!!

I run at 35fps which is extremely playable with no stutter with the Physx in the Normal setting.

I have an i7 2600k and an HD 4870. So as long as you have a high end processor you can offload it to the CPU.

ALSO, if you already upgraded to an HD card recently you can buy a GTX 260 for $85 and dedicate it to PhysX while keeping your main card an AMD card (or if you already have a decent Nvidia card lying around, throw it in to dedicate it, no matter what your main card is).,2764-8.html

There are more ways to do it than that. Google is your friend.