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I've never mixed AMD with Nvidia and am curious about the result. What benefits will I see in adding a GTX 480 for physx? Is this overkill? Is there another Nvidia gpu that would make more sense to complement my 7970? Other than crossfiring it.
    
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from what I have read and tested you could get away with a gts 240, so Yes a 480 is extreme overkill.

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That is for sure overkill and a bad choice of a card IMO(power consumption, heat, noise)
I would go for something like this> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121661
Quite cool and cheap.
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Its overkill for sure but it will work with no issues, also can use it for h264 encoding if thats your thing.
Myself i would sell it or trade it for a lesser Nvidia GPU for PhysX and cash or goodies, dont get anything less than a GTS250 or 8800GTX.
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Well the gtx 480 wouldn't load like how it would if it was the main renderer. Using it for PhysX would use little power. If you have the card, try it out and see. Tell us later if it was a good idea or not.
    
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Realistically though PhysX isn't a huge deal. There is a small list of games that actually support Nvidia PhysX.

Here's the list from Nvidia, but I believe this is outdated.

https://developer.nvidia.com/physx-games

Alot of game engines though, such as Cry Engine 3, has a built in physics engine that will run on both architectures (Nvidia / AMD).
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Originally Posted by bdenpaka View Post

Realistically though PhysX isn't a huge deal. There is a small list of games that actually support Nvidia PhysX.

Here's the list from Nvidia, but I believe this is outdated.

https://developer.nvidia.com/physx-games

Alot of game engines though, such as Cry Engine 3, has a built in physics engine that will run on both architectures (Nvidia / AMD).
He obviously wants it for games or he would not have made this thread.
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I've read where people have used AMD for primary and Nvidia for physx. Actually I just replaced my GTX 590 with a 7970. Both of those would definately be overkill! LMAO! Both are watercooled. If I added a card for physx, I would want it in my loop. Just looking for a little added bling. So what would be suggested? GTS(X)? 260 to get most performance out of combo? Looking to pick one up used with water block. I do want it for gaming and play Just Cause 2 a lot. Can't wait for 3 to come out!

P.S. Tooshort, you have one sick system. Selling some of my stuff and looking to do a x79 build myself.
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