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A couple years ago physics cards where all the rage, are they still worth it? Do they make any difference at all?
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Nothing. It just adds pretty effects to the games that support it.

It's definitely not worth buying one now since current graphics cards do their own physics and stuff
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the effects aren't actually pretty either, they just add little black shrapnel to explosions.
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Not worth it imho.
    
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newer cards can handle the phisics just fine now.
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post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by BURNS331 View Post
A couple years ago physics cards where all the rage, are they still worth it? Do they make any difference at all?
There was only ONE physics card by Ageia. NVIDIA and ATI both wanted to do something similar with their GPUs. However, Intel killed that by buying Havoc. However, NVIDIA recently acquired Ageia and all 8-series cards onward will support physics. How well and the kind of support is unknown at this time.

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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
newer cards can handle the phisics just fine now.
What newer cards? Handle physics where?
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post #7 of 10
They were all the rage, ever? AGEIA did a lot of marketing and a lot of reviewers thought this idea was the bee's knees - consumers didn't.

The only company to ever make PPU add-in cards were AGEIA. They were bought by Nvidia, the PhysX hardware acceleration is now being ported to CUDA, so that it'll run on Nvidia unified shader architecture graphics cards. It's open to ATI as well, and Intel has their Havok FX which will probably run on both their processors and Larrabee when that arrives..

The PPU was stillborn - the GPU is going to do its job instead one way or the other. Well, either that or someone will use a few of the cores we have handy on the CPUs now.
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Physics card (atm) = Overclocking a modem. Pointless and often painful
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post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
newer cards can handle the phisics just fine now.
ROFL. Kthx. Go play UT3 with the CTF-Lighthouse map without physx (either by nvidia gpu or separate card) and report back on the performance you get.
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i have seen the physics cards latley for kind of chep compared to what they used to be. the new graphics cards from nvidia i guess are including physics on board. i wouldnt waste your money atm.
    
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