Originally Posted by Maxxa
I wouldn't even bother.
The restricted/shared air flow, extra power consumption, hardly noticeable performance increase and lack of title support makes it simply not worth giving nvidia and their counter parts any more money.
Also unless you have 3+ PCI-E slots the physx card will pull down the bandwidth on the rest of the GPU slots.
I used a 220 with a 470 and a 480 for a while and it was pointless. Your CPU and your other 2 GPUs can do the calculations just fine.
This. There is no point in buying a dedicated physx card. Period. If you have an extra nvidia card laying around, sure it's fun to try out, but once you do, you will find out how absolutely pointless it is.
It was fun reading you guys argue, don't get me wrong, but I'm surprised the thread made it 4 pages before somebody said what had to be on everyone's mind.
There are maybe 3 games worth playing, I can only think of 1, that have physx enabled, and even then with physx enabled it really doesn't add much to the gameplay. Oh look, there's a piece of paper moving on the ground, yey. I'm sure that was worth $100+ to see.
I've tested both a gtx470, and gt240 as a physx card just for fun, and found them to be entirely useless. The gt240 actually did slow down overall FPS, I don't care what Johnny Doe says.
OP, if you feel you must buy a physx card, at least fold on it when you're not playing physx games, that way you'll at least get some use out of it.