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Asus announces board with support for NVIDIA's physics card

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http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/09..._nvidia_beans/

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While announcing their newest motherboard, the P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP, Asus accidentally explained the reason behind three PCI Express slots: an NVIDIA physics card. Both ATI and NVIDIA have been working for some time with Havok studios in search of a physics rendering solution. Havok is well known for creating physics engines for games like Half Life 2. The Asus board is designed to run a physics card alongside with Quad-SLI, and was built with the NVIDIA Nforce 590 chipset. The board is compatible with Core 2 Duo and has 4 DIMM slots for DDR2 533/667/800.
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Confused...

I thought nVidia was touting their plan to do physics calculations on their video cards...i.e., no dedicated physics card required. This seems contradictory to that, no?
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Hm yes... I'm not entirely convinced of The Regs interpreation of Asus statement.

"Nvidia's upcoming Physics card"

Was all ASUS said... which might be a lazy way of saying they support 3 gfx cards of which the 3rd graphics card is used for Physics...

"Asus accidentally explained the reason behind three PCI Express slots"

I mean... all what's needed from the mobo side is a 3rd "PCI-E x16" regardless of it's a gfx card or a dedicated physics processor... so it would make kinda sense to say we added the 3rd one to support nvidia physics.(but worded it poorly and the reg jumped all over it)

Furthermore Ageia PhysX is actually PCI... now if nvidia made a dedicated physics card wouldn't it make sense to make both PCI and PCI-E versions? And in that case ASUS wouldn't need the 3rd PCI-E x16 to support nvidias upcomming physics platform...
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The Nvidia vicepresident just demented it.
http://golem.de/0609/47972.html

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Dabei handelt es sich aber offenbar um ein Missverständnis. Im Interview mit Golem.de sagte Nvidia-Vizepräsident und Kommunikations-Chef Michael Hara: "Das wird keine eigene Physik-Karte sein. Vielmehr ist es etwas, in das wir langsam hineinwachsen. Mit der nächsten GeForce-Generation und den dann folgenden werden die Möglichkeiten für Physik-Berechnungen sehr gut sein." Hara spielte damit auf den bisher nur unter dem Codenamen "G80" bekannten GeForce-Chip der achten Generation an, der nach unbestätigten Angaben noch 2006 vorgestellt werden soll.
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It however obviously concerns a misunderstanding. In the interview with Golem.de Nvidia vice-president and communication boss said Michael Hara: "that will be no own physics card. Rather it is something, into which we grow slowly. With the next GeForce generation and the then following the possibilities for physics computations will be very good." Hara alluded thereby to so far only the GeForce chip of the respected generation well-known under the code name "G80", to which according to unconfirmed data still 2006 were to be introduced.
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post #5 of 6
I love babelfish....LOL, that translation made my head hurt


Physics card? Who cares, did someone overclock that 590 and see if it's worth the plastic it's stamped on? Be interesting to see what ASUS did to the 590......
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I think this is just an attempt to copy ATIs Triple Play. SLI plus a lower-end GPU for physics.
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