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1 8800GTX = $500
2 8600GTS + PhysX Card = $500

Where's your logic?
Try less than $400.

2 8600GT + PhysX card= $390 give or take a few
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I see this as both an interesting and an inevitable trend/product.

Initially, video cards were display-only (or desktop-display-only products) and 3d was a pipe dream. Wolfenstein turned into Doom which brought Quake and, later, Unreal. Somewhere therein, they began coding both "true 3d" after which they began coding "lifelike physics" to raise the bar and provide a more realistic gaming experience.

Somewhere in there, all of the processing required to render the 3d world was forcefully offloaded to 3d-specific/capable card which resided on the PCI bus (later AGP, still later, PCIe). These display cards have been growing; so has the programmers' abilities to code more complex games and game worlds.

Enter a new card which offloads the physics from a graphics card which once offloaded the 3d from the CPU.

It seems like a natural progression (to me). I may be completely wrong, too.

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