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Greetings all. I want to put a 8500GT for physx with my sig rig...would that make sense? Is is even possible? If yes, what would I need?
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It would bottleneck your other card believe it or not. A gts 450 or 250 would be good enough to not bottleneck your system. Maybe a gt240 even. Just not any older geforce cards.
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Greetings all. I want to put a 8500GT for physx with my sig rig...would that make sense? Is is even possible? If yes, what would I need?
Doesn't hurt to do it and you can just mess around with it. Just put your 8500gt in another pcie card and set it up through NVIDIA desktop manager

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Greetings all. I want to put a 8500GT for physx with my sig rig...would that make sense? Is is even possible? If yes, what would I need?
Its not possible with that card. You need at least a 8600gt for a dedicated physx card and that is even useless as a physx card. Something like a 8800gt or higher is what you want for a dedicated physx card.
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Which graphics cards can accelerate NVIDIA PhysX?

All GeForce 8 series graphics cards and above with at least 256MB of local onboard graphics memory and at least 32 cores will be able to accelerate NVIDIA PhysX. If you intend to use an NVIDIA supported graphics card as a dedicated Physx card, the other graphics cards in the system must also use an NVIDIA GPU.
FAQ link:http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/Technologies/physx/faq

A typical 8500GT has only 16 and so it cannot be used as a Physx card.

The min figure of 32, IMHO, would only work if your main card is a rather old card like a 8800GT. To be a meaningful Physx card working well with a fairly modern main card like your GTX460, I recommend a card with at least 96 shaders. The chart below is a good comparison of cards with various amount of shaders.

Edited by windfire - 10/26/11 at 6:01pm
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Windfire gave you the answer needed.
I would recommend adding a second GTX460 SE in SLI with PhysX enabled.
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Darn! Oh well!
Just for the sake of knowing, assuming it would have worked, what would I have needed to do?
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Darn! Oh well!
Just for the sake of knowing, assuming it would have worked, what would I have needed to do?
See my edited post above.
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This usually isn't even worth it, i had a GTX 260 core-216 that was noticeably bottlenecked by a 9600 GSO. Alot of games usually don't even have Physx.

although, if you do want to do this, make sure that your board can support x16/x16, or even x16/x8, but not x8/x8 because if you put that card in there, it will slow your other card down to let the physx card work.
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Buy a 460 to sli with, way better than PhysX.
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