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#1 12 years ago

Im planning on buying an Alienware computer, but right now im not really sure if I wanna spend all that money when I already have a decent rig.

So heres the deal, I really wanna buy an Ageia PhysX but im not sure if it can go to my motherboard,

My motherboard is a "ASUS A8N-SLI Premium" and I got Dual 6600GT's, can the Ageia PhysX fit in my motherboard? Please reply.




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#2 12 years ago

I think alienware offers to put that card in for you, also I think you need an available pci-e slot for the physics card




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#3 12 years ago
deathwarderI think you need an available pci-e slot for the physics card

Nop thank god it dosent Instead it uses a regular PCI slot but the price of a ppu can end up being as much as a nice video card.




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#4 12 years ago

oh, thats interesting, does pci have enough bandwidth?




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#6 12 years ago

looks like I wont get one until I upgrade my graphics card in late 07




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#7 12 years ago

There are only two reasons to buy a PhysX card right now: having more money than brains, or enjoying spending money on things you don't need.

It's fantastic that the card's out, but there isn't enough reason (read: performance and eye candy benefits) to buy one just yet. One of the biggest problems is that while running under software mode (without the card installed) settings are forced to "low quality" physics. With the card installed, that's kicked up to "high quality" physics (and you have no option to change either), which in several cases results in worse performance, if a prettier picture.




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#8 12 years ago

The only bad thing I can see is that there aint much games supporting it yet. Else its completely awesome, CellFactor: Combat Training just got me hooked.




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#9 12 years ago

Open your eyes, then. With the card installed, you must use high quality physics, which is just like cranking up AA/AF: you take a massive performance hit. However, unlike AA/AF you cannot turn off or even lower the detail level.

So you're spending $350 to effectively lower your performance in exchange for prettier eye candy. While the latter is always a noble goal, the former should never be sacrificed in its favour, unless the hit is so miniscule as to be largely indiscernible.

Hopefully by next year what I've just said will no longer by true.




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#10 12 years ago

I just have the software installed. I admit its nice eye candy but I really don't need to know that I can blow up a bunch of boxes "uniquely!" each time.




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