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#1 12 years ago

I've heard about these before, and while I was picking the configuration of my brother's new computer, I saw the option to add a PyhsX to the config for another $100-$200. I've also heard that games like Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfare use this kind of card. What exactly does it do? As far as I understand, the Physics card just takes some of the burden off the PC's processor concerning physics. There's an example of one here. It seems kind of pricey for something only a handful of games utilize, but do you think it'll become more commonly used in the future?




marvinmatthew

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#2 12 years ago

Maybe in the next two-or-three years, 80% of new games will utilize it. But for the time being, it's just a waste of money. Most games wouldn't even utilize it.




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#3 12 years ago

20 Game Titles Announced for AGEIA PhysX in 2006:

  • Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
  • Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
  • Bet on Soldier: Blood Sport
  • Cell Factor
  • City of Villains
  • Unreal Tournament 2007
  • Gunship Apocalypse
  • Sacred II
  • Loki
  • Dogtag
  • Fallen Earth
  • Crazy Machines 2
  • Arena Online
  • Diabolique
  • Warhammer MMORPG
  • Eye of the Storm
  • KARMA
  • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
  • Alpha Prime

Those are the ones currently announced that'll use it. There'll be more as the card gets cheaper priced and more availible to the customer, but as of now, I wouldn't bother with it.




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#4 12 years ago

Does it cause any noticeable slowdown if you don't have one? I'm guessing it's not a really needed requirement, but just helps. And I'm assuming later on, if it becomes common, they'll probably merge graphics and physics cards together.




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#5 12 years ago
-Ghost-Does it cause any noticeable slowdown if you don't have one? I'm guessing it's not a really needed requirement, but just helps. And I'm assuming later on, if it becomes common, they'll probably merge graphics and physics cards together.

Well, it depends on what processor you have. A higher end processor, (like a conroe) wouldn't slow down much at all, but the opisite would be true for a slower processor.

I think that it's more likely that in the next two or three years, that we'll see a single processor core (in a chip that has eight or sixteen cores) dedicated to doing all the phyisics work for the computer.




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#6 12 years ago

SLOWER it takes take the load off the CPU if any it should make games run smoother it is liek waht the video card was 10 years ago new expensive, but it is designed to: 1. make better explotions. By doing the trajectories calculations of more objects 2. taking it off the CPU to this card will free up some of ur CPU for more GAME!




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#7 12 years ago

Don't buy a PhysX card. Both nVidia and ATI have said that they will be working with Havok, Physix's rival, in making a new physics card. Since nVidia and ATI are the graphics heavyweights, it means that this Havok card is almost certainly going to be utilised by most new games in the next few years.

Also, the Source engine uses Havok's physics processing sometimes, and a lot of games are being developed on it to be released soon so... wait.




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#8 12 years ago

mah i wait till there test "truly test"




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#9 12 years ago

Youre better off buying a second video card! soon ATI is coming out theire own physics cards witch are half price and alot more powerful than the ones on the market.




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#10 12 years ago
-Ghost-Does it cause any noticeable slowdown if you don't have one?

It can/will cause a slowdown if you do have one though. It may free up the cpu load a bit, but it taxes the video card with more data to render.

I think it's a novel idea, but I doubt it will ever become mainstream to have a seperate physx card. It seems silly to waste another expansion slot for it. If it becomes commonplace at all, it should be implemented somewhere else (on the motherboard, on the gpu, etc.).