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Hello all, new to nVidia completely. (Oh joy rolleyes.gif)
I read a thread on Overclockers about how to use an ATi/AMD card at the same time as an nVidia card, using the nVidia card for PhysX.

It's both a little project for myself and to see if it results in much, if any performance increase.

Doing it seems easy enough (using multiple/modified drivers and such, that's all downloaded and ready).
The hard part for me is choosing the right PhysX card. I have read the PhysX FAQ to see what kind of cards support PhysX.

I was looking to find a quiet, low power consumption, and inexpensive graphics card to perform PhysX and/or folding, and have narrowed it down to the following list:

GeForce GT 520
GeForce GT 440
GeForce GT 430
GeForce GT 420
Also was thinking of a GTS 450 1GB, it uses 129 watts under max load, but it fits my price range (up to £100/ $163)

Feel free to mention any more that will be better PhysX cards taking into account power consumption, heat, price, and loudness. Will anything on this list even be powerful enough to make a difference?

Preferred price: No more than £100 ($163)
Preferred power usage: No more than 130 Watts
Preferred loudness: So long as it'd not annoying/is drowned out by other fans

Seen people mentioning 9600GT and 8800GT in other places (yes, I did Google before hassling everyone at Overclockers!) but from what I've heard they use a little more power and have louder fans, correct me if I'm wrong about this.

Will using a PhysX GPU improve performance in some PhysX compatible or 'maths intensive' kind of games (such as GTAIV, Mafia 2), with the kind of rig I have (in sig)?

Any help is appreciated
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As far as noticing a performance bump in Physx games and such you will notice a good increase in fps, but the game choices are few and far between.

If you plan on folding I would highly recommend the 450 as you can put down ~10 ppd easy...

I notice a good difference with just my 8800, so any card will make a good difference.
 
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OK, thanks for the advice, +rep for you. Does it only apply for PhysX or anything that involves number crunching?
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I think it's only Physx that will allow it to be fully utilized in that respect. I'm sure you can program something to crunch numbers on it, but it's primary use is in game development.
 
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OK, thanks anyway.
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