Nvidia Soon to Release WHQL Certified PhysX Drivers

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kingtiger01

Im glad there finally Enabling Physx for GPU's. ive been waiting ever since they Acquired AGEIA, so its long awaited for me. but, i have a 8800 GTS, so given its a benifit. Not Everyone does though, so given, i think they should Code a wrapper for G70 Series GPU support. makes more sense to me.

 

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whisp

 This is awesome, but I'll wait to see if games come out that actually use it, and by use it I mean more then a few additional dust particles (see ghost recon side by side comparison)

 atm physx is equivelant to dx10 in the sense that it's a good step forward but to date, nothing worth upgrading for.

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billysundays

actually, there's already an extensive list of games using PhysX. "Cell Factor: Revolution" might be a poorly designed game, but as a game specifically made to utilize ageia's PPU with physics effects that crippled CPUs, it would be the perfect game to benchmark the physics-accelerating capabilities of nvidia's GPUs as soon as its PhysX drivers are released, which is what i hope MaxPC will be doing soon enough. they could even compare the difference in framerates with and without the PhysX drivers on a game like UT3 for conclusive results, and if those results are positive it would mean that nvidia would undeniably have the best physics solution around, the only hardware accelerated physics solution, featured on all its future generation videocards. if that's the case, why wouldn't there be wide spread adoption of PhysX in the game development industry.

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Humpfester

Here in the driver mod world , we're having a ball 'cause Nvidia ain't helping with driver releases at this point. 'bout time is all I say. Nividia get off your lazy ^#@!!!!

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billysundays

if the videocards, with physx drivers, can pull off that flowing, destructable cloth trick found in "Cell Factor: Revolution" at reasonable framerates than i'll be thoroughly impressed and enthused about what's to come. it was ageia's best trick to demonstrate the neccessity for a dedicated physx card, so doing it using videocards would prove that that was bullsh*t, and that we can expect to see more impressive physics than what Havoc and intel's multiprocs can do.

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BeVar

Don't miss the point on this.... Nvidia developed software to use on their processors (regardless of GPU or CPU) called CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture). Intel is having a cow over this, just not broadcasting it. The Nvidia processors in the G200 series have nearly 3 times the power the Core (Intel) processors have.

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StealthSilver

The drivers that allow the GTX 200 series cards to operate physics can be modified work with any G92-and-up card.  This includes the 8800GT.

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Nuxes

The problem with PhysX used to be that <1% of gamers had a dedicated PhysX card, so developers didn't have much of an incentive to make games that take advantage of it.  According to the Valve survey, about 15% of people have an 8-series or better and would be capable of running a PhysX enhanced game.

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Talcum X

 We would need wide spread PhysX supportive games to choose one card from another.  Besides, I would need an entire rebuild to upgrade my aged P4 AGP setup.  But it runs just fine with a 7600 GT.  No plans on upgrading until I get the other bills taken care of next year, and I get the wife's new rig built. But she doesnt play "real" games (Bejeweled) so her rig may be rather cheap compared to what I will build for myself.

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Haipyng

Bejeweled...is that a wife thing? Mine loves that game...and several other Popcap games. Likewise has no interest in what I play.

I generally believe in giving her my hand me downs (which she doesn't like) even though they generally run circles around the bargain boxes you can buy.  

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Cache

Yeah, but how much more work is the P4 really going to put out, especially as games continue to push graphics higher and higher?  Sure, you might be able to play some games at 20 frames a second with everything at its lowest setting, but for how much longer?

 Besides, this is more about taking a future direction, for good or ill, and it's refreshing to have a major videocard manufacturer taking a new approach in what their cards can do versus the 'faster, more processors 'approach. Don't get me wrong--I love a faster card--but this is kind of the icing on the cake.

IF, of course, it works as advertised and has widespread industry support. 

 

 

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