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Dedicated PhysX and onboard/sound card benchmark with Metro Last Light

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First off --- 5 runs each test - all at the very max the LL benchmark offers
Equipment is what is listed for my rig.

Each of these tests came after a fresh boot and a 3dmark vantage Performance pass as a warmup

680 SLI @ 1176 core 3348 memory x16/x16 PCI-E 3.0, onboard sound, no dedicated physx

Best of 5 resulted in 47.01 Avg // 152.56 Max // 11.64 minimum

680 SLI @ 1176 core 3348 memory x16/x16 PCI-E 3.0, sound blaster Zx, no dedicated PhysX

Best of 5 resulted in 48.91 Avg // 153.11 Max // 11.58 minimum

680 SLI @ 1176 core 3348 memory x16/x8 PCI-E 3.0, Sound blaster Zx, EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC @ 1110 core 2898 memory /x8 PCI-E 2.0

Best of 5 resulted in 52.72 Avg // 151.51 Max // 11.78 minimum


I juggled reviews and threads and reviews and stories and beliefs and reviews and more threads about reviews and beliefs about if a dedicated PhysX and good sound card make a difference in performance that I finally got tired of the back and forth nonsense and checked it myself.

Point of this thread is if you are debating on whether or not to bother with a dedicated PhysX card and if you should bother with getting rid of your onboard sound. My 2c is a big Yes. While the sound card is obviously minimal, it does help, and of course the sound quality and customizability is far beyond onboard. Most definitely a dedicated PhysX of the proper caliber will also be of help.

Clearly from these results a dedicated PhysX will not necessarily give you a higher FPS. But who cares? 153fps is beyond what my monitor can show me. Its the overall smoothness of gameplay that we are after in-game. I gained an avg of 5.71fps between the 2 upgrades. That is more than 10% at the level of 2 680's in PCI-E 3.0 lanes.

And those of you with boards that can support a sound card, the dedicated PhysX card, and a pair of cards in SLI @ x16/x16 all at once, you may get even more performance overall. Since it appears I lost approx. 2fps Max when my cards went x16/x8, maybe that will translate into an fps or 2 Avg at x16/x16.

Conclusion: If you get the opportunity to pick up a good sound card and a GTX 650Ti or higher for cheap, do it. I'm sure this topic has been beat to death but maybe this thread will help a few decide.

FYI those minimum frames are void imho. The Metro LL benchmark has a lot of stuttering issues I notice that the game itself does not have.

Hope this helps.
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post #2 of 5
Not bad.

If you have time, can you do more benchmarks with having soundcard and not with other games?

Quite interesting.

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I'll do it when I get some time. Unfortunately I'm 1 of the lucky few who have such a fast boot up, my keyboards can't initialize fast enough to hit Del to get
Into bios. I'm forced to CMOS reset if I need to get into bios.
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G.Skill 2133mhz 9-11-9-28-2 1.65v 8GB (4GBx2) Intel 520 Series 240gb SSD Sony Lightscribe 24x Corsair H100 
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I have similar results showing dedicated PhysX card helps. But I didn't know using a real sound card would help as well. Interesting.

The real problem here is too few games support PhysX, and it seems less and less will do in the future. Batman, Metro and Boardlands and....what else....rolleyes.gif
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I'm not sure of PhysX future. It's a sound technology that should be used MORE. It's a huge gameplay difference. Hopefully more games will use it.

Yes the actual sound card does improve fps but its small. If you are looking for nothing more than FPS increase then just upgrading your gpu is the better route. But imo an actual sound card is lightyears beyond onboard sound as far as quality and control goes. If you are looking for added sound quality then a slight fps increase will be a side benefit.
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G.Skill 2133mhz 9-11-9-28-2 1.65v 8GB (4GBx2) Intel 520 Series 240gb SSD Sony Lightscribe 24x Corsair H100 
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Windows 7 Home Premium LG 32LE5300 32" LED TV Acer HN274H 27" 3D 120hz Monitor Thermaltake eSports Gaming Keyboard Pro 
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