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8800GTS 320MB -- Can it handle PhysX?

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Hey There,

I donated a couple 320MB 8800 GTSs to a friend of mine who no longer needs them (he upgraded to a couple 1GB GTS 450s). I recently consolidated my video cards to a single a GTX 480, so I was thinking of putting one of those 8880s back into my rig just for powering PhysX.

Mind you, it's the 320MB version, so I'm not sure if I should even bother with it.

Thoughts?

Thanks,
-Rob
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Im not absolutely sure about how physx works with SLI, but if you can get both of them doing a sort of shared physx with 640mb vram over the both, you should be fine.
    
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Not worth it mate, would likely slow down performance if anything. Linustechtips did an episode on it, want me to find you a link?
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it would probably slow the game down, I wouldn't use it smile.gif
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That's what I figured. Thanks for the quick input guys. Not sure what do with them, then, other than greener pastures. Anybody want them?
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It might just bottleneck your 480, youre better off using just the 480.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Warhaven;15216444 
That's what I figured. Thanks for the quick input guys. Not sure what do with them, then, other than greener pastures. Anybody want them?

Put them up in the freebies section or try to sell them.

Entirely up to you, just putting it out there.
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Granted that your 8800GTS 320MB has 96 shaders only and is considered by many as the entry level Physx card, nonetheless it should provide benefit to assist your GTX480 for Physx.

This is based on my experience with a 8800GTX helping a GTX570.

Also, brettjv has demonstrated a single 8800GT helps his GTX470 and GTX470 SLI setups.
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/1039480-how-8800gts-512mb-physx.html

And lastly, see pic below for a general idea of how a Physx card can help out a GTX480. The actual numbers are not as important as the relative help shown among various levels of Physx cards.
(The GT240 also has 96 shaders and so your 8800GTS should give similar framerate improvement.)

So, if you do play Physx games, then install the card and you will reap some benefit.
Edited by windfire - 10/7/11 at 5:04pm
post #9 of 10
GTX 480 is powerful by it self... you can use physx on GTX 480 w/o any problem...
i'm still maxing all games on 19" non wide monitor... with GTX 460 1gb ...
i use max settings in all games with 32x AA enabled... and never under 60fps...
don't use any 8800GTS's on your rig ... don't ever use any physx card on GTX 480 ... cos it will hold you back... you'll think it will increase fps ... but not...
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KusH;13842730 
I have also tested Mafia 2, and my fps went down by about 10% with using my 9800gtx+ as my physx card.

you see, even 9800GTX+ doesn't helps to GTX 480 as physx card...
final conclusion -> you don't need any physx card... !!!
    
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