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Well I currently have a 9600gt for physx and to be honest, I don't see any difference in the games I play (JC2, GTA EFLC, Metro 2033, Prototype, Gothic 4) in terms of fps/smoothness/quality, etc.

Considering my power bill has steadily gone up with every last payment, should I just leave the 9600gt inside my rig (I think it consumes around about 95 watts) or should I remove the card in a vague hope I save a couple of dollars every month?
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You'll save a buck or two per month, maybe. A 9600GT really doesn't consume much power. I want to say right around 75w or so.
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To be honest - as you run a GTX580, I wouldnt think you need a second Physx card!

Have you tried with and without the card enabled to make a better judgement?
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post #4 of 17
Basically to remove your physx card, do the following:
  1. Turn off your pc
  2. ground yourself to prevent sadface
  3. Gently remove the 9600gt
  4. Win!

Joking aside, just uninstall nvidia drivers, rip the card out, and reboot.

Also, it's about 1 dollar a month. 10 dollars a year. that's 24/7. Check for kids who leave the TV on, hang clothes out on the line, use Gas ovens instead of electric, the list goes on.
post #5 of 17
If your concerned about a couple dollars a month, you should look into putting things on power strips and turning them off at night and when your not using them... I read somewhere also that unplugging your cell phone chargers when not in use can save you a couple dollars a month. but anyways, I would ditch the dedicated physx
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Mitche01 View Post
To be honest - as you run a GTX580, I wouldnt think you need a second Physx card!

Have you tried with and without the card enabled to make a better judgement?
I think I agree with Mitche.
GTX 580 is already powerful enough to handle it alone.
GeForce 9600GT TDP is around 110 Watts.
I don't think PhysX will use significant amount of power. Maybe just like when your GPU handle GPU acceleration in video decoding.
Personally, I will remove the 9600GT because it waste the power and also generates more heat inside the case.
    
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post #7 of 17
People claim that only a few cards might help a 580, a 9600 is not one of them. I have seen in a few forums where people did bench test where the extra card hurt the 580. I would ditch it. My guess is that the 9600 exhaust all of its heat right into the case, thus making the 580 work harder.

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post #8 of 17
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Okay I removed it. I did some benches in 3dmark08, gta iv, jc2, etc with/without the physx card and it doesn't seem to make much of a difference in fps.

Since its taken out, I might as well give the spare pc in the lounge a nice little upgrade with it.
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Originally Posted by N3C14R View Post
Okay I removed it. I did some benches in 3dmark08, gta iv, jc2, etc with/without the physx card and it doesn't seem to make much of a difference in fps.

Since its taken out, I might as well give the spare pc in the lounge a nice little upgrade with it.
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post #10 of 17
good to see another kiwi around .. PS: if you really want to see a difference in FPS, use a 260GTX 216Sp for physx, I use one with my 480 sli.

9600 is not a good card for physx anymore and will bottle neck you. Go Sell it on TM , you can still make $80 I reckon a
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