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Can I run a deticated physx card with a GTX 580 or 570?

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Can I run a deticated physx card with a GTX 580 or 570? And which is the highest GPU I can run with it?

I've never run this combo and am thinking of switching my current graphics cards still under refund time for better performance.

Is it as simple as just plugging both in with no configuration? And if it needs to be configured.....how?

If I'm running the 580 with deticated physx how many watts will this pull full load from my PSU?

If I'm running the 570 with deticated physx how many watts will this pull full load from my PSU?
     
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You can choose any card you want for PhysX, you could even add another GTX 580 just dedicated for PhysX even though it would be a huge waste of money but you could use the two 580 in SLI for games without PhysX. There are too few games for me with PhysX to even think about investing in a dedicated card but I'd guess a GTX 260 or GTX 450 would be a good PhysX card.
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Is it in the software that you dedicate the physx on the second card? From what I'm gathering you don't really need a dedicated card if Nvidia single card already does a good job of rendering the physx.
     
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Yes, it is in the Nvidia control panel, I do believe.

If you're running a high res and newer games like Mafia 2, I'd go for it. Don't take my word for it, but a 8800 or newer should do you just fine. That might be a good idea, since Mafia 2 with a 580 and a 250 for Physx benchmark got just under 40 fps.
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i recommend a GTS450.....best bang per buck physX card......900+MHz on the core, 192 Shader Processors.......it is as simple as going into nVidia control panel, going to physX config, and choosing it as a dedicated physX processor......GTX580 with GTS450 would be my pick......and don't worry about power consumption.......you have PLENTY
    
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Thanks everyone. I made my refund RMA on the AMD and now the proud owner and king of the hill Nvidia GTX 580 SC single card solution. No longer dealing with ATI buggy drivers.
     
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