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Well, the title says it all. I have a spare xfx 8400gs lying around here somewhere. I dont have much experience with neither mix setups nor physx. So, is it worth the hassle, using the 8400 along with my xfx 5770?
Even if it gives a performance boost, how much gain are we talking about?

**** one moment, does that gpu even have physx?
    
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post #2 of 12
Short answer: No
Long answer: The 8400/8500 have too few stream processors to even be supported as physX cards under current drivers. You need the 8600/9500 or better to even support PhysX at all.
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not really, its way to weak to be used with a 5770
    
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Not enough stream processors as mentioned above
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3 options:

1. sell
2. Keep to fold on
3. Use for HTPC?

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ok, was thinking along that line. thanks.
    
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post #7 of 12
Nah. a 8400GS will just lower the performance. You'd be better off with a GTS250 or a GTS450 if you feel like dedicating a card for PhysX
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Even folding on that 8400 won't be worth it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Even folding on that 8400 won't be worth it.
Doing anything on an 8400 is pretty pointless, it doesn't even have enough power in it to drive HL2. My laptop GPU is superior and it's 2 years old.
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post #10 of 12
The absolutely lowest you can go is 8500GT and that still slowing down your performance significantly and only playable at less demanding PhysX title.

Forget about Batman or Mafia2

You need at least a 8600GT to run playable PhysX effect but when I had my 4850/4890 paired with the 8600GT, it still brought the 4800s down to unplayable low 20s high10s in intensive PhysX scene in Batman.

You need at least something with 96 cuda cores, GT240, 9600GSO, 8800GS/8800GTS G80 to have a smooth gameplay.

GTS250/GTS450 is overkilled for your 5770. You only need 128+ cuda core with 5870 or above and that's Maifa2 only.
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