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Buliding a new base, and wanted to do this:

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8GB Ram

I have an EVGA 760 and a BFG 260 Maxcore 55 at my disposal. Now I know the Z87-C can't so SLI, but can I still use the 260 as a dedicated PhysX card? I have 3-5 games that uses it.

As a secondary question, if I used both would my 600watt PSU be enough?

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
It will work. I think GTX 260 consumes nearly 250 (that's maybe a system load) watts under load, and GTX 760 uses less.... Only on that alone I would not recommend running 260 for PhysX. You want to test if 260 actually adds FPS to those games or makes no difference/makes it worse before using it. Good 600W PSU would barely be enough if that's correct.

Ok after a bit more searching it consumes around ~140W, so a good 600W PSU is definitely enough, but it's probably not worth it.
Edited by DeXel - 3/23/14 at 12:08pm
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Even if you do get an increase (which i doubt, it might even slow your 760 down)it will be less than 10%. which is hardly worth the extra power usage. On top of that with your current GPU it might possibly limit your ability to overclock the gtx 760.
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It will work. I think GTX 260 consumes nearly 250 (that's maybe a system load) watts under load, and GTX 760 uses less.... Only on that alone I would not recommend running 260 for PhysX. You want to test if 260 actually adds FPS to those games or makes no difference/makes it worse before using it. Good 600W PSU would barely be enough if that's correct.

Ok after a bit more searching it consumes around ~140W, so a good 600W PSU is definitely enough, but it's probably not worth it.

Gotcha, thanks. Yeah, I am not looking for an FPS increase, rather taking some of the load off the 760 to keep things stable in more PhysX intense areas of games (like Borderlands 2).
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That's exactly what I meant by FPS increase... A week ago I tested my GTX 460 with GTX 780 in Batman Arkham City. There was roughly 10 FPS difference. GTX 260 is not that fast though, but 760 is not as fast as my 780 either.
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run some benchmarks and measure in-game fps with and without the 260 as the dedicated physX card.

 

whichever runs better, you can go with that setup.

 

 

 

wont hurt to try right?

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run some benchmarks and measure in-game fps with and without the 260 as the dedicated physX card.

whichever runs better, you can go with that setup.



wont hurt to try right?

True, but I am trying to buy a new z87 motherboard and if it does work I have to be careful that I get one that allows 2 double wide cards and still has a PCI port uncovered for my TV tuner smile.gif
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How much do you want to spend?

This will do it.
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