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HD6950 with 8800GT for PhysX - Possible?

Poll Results: HD 6950, Primary - 8800GT, PhysX = Possible?

 
  • 81% (9)
    Yeah sure, It's easy (post how-to).
  • 9% (1)
    Nope, you can't.
  • 9% (1)
    Don't bother, just get a GTX 560.
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post #1 of 10
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I'm looking at getting a GTX 560 or a HD 6950 but I have got games that I love to play with PhysX. (Batman Arkham Asylum, Mirror's Edge, Mafia II etc.)

Is it possible to have a HD6950 as my main graphics card and an NVIDIA 8800GT just to process the PhysX effects?

Any good and bad things about this combination I should be aware of too before considering?

Motherboard planned for this combination; ASUS P8|P67
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/248960

Thanks guys.
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As far as I'm aware, you can't, because that needs Nvidia drivers to work.
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http://www.overclock.net/ati/591872-how-run-physx-windows-7-ati.html

Simple enough, run physx myself. Click link
Edited by Newbie2009 - 2/23/11 at 5:32am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Concorde105;12493329 
As far as I'm aware, you can't, because that needs Nvidia drivers to work.

Right..
I ask because I have seen posts from others saying they have done similar.
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Originally Posted by Newbie2009;12493346 
http://www.overclock.net/ati/591872-how-run-physx-windows-7-ati.html

Simple enough, run physx myself. Click link

Thanks for the link;
Though it all seems very confusing to me?
Could you list a quick step-by-step on how to do this exactly?

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I would, for sure! thumb.gif
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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys,
Is this a good option then to go with a HD 6950 and a 8800 GT?
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post #9 of 10
I am currently running HD 6950 with a 9800GTX+ for physx. Here is my observation:
1) With a single GTX 560 and physx on, you will take a big performance hit. It is just too much for one card to do.
2) If you already got a 8800 GTX, by all means use that for physx. You will see 15% to 20% usage of that card in portion of games where physx is utilized but will remain 0% for the vast majority just being a toaster inside your rig.
3) If you DO NOT have a nvidia card for physx right now, I would suggest a GTS 240 based on reading some of the threads in OCN. It will do physx nicely and will not be a power hog like 8800 GTX.
4) There is a nice thread here how to go about using an nvidia card for phyx when your main card is AMD. With two nvidia cards, I am guessing setup is easy as breez.

My 2 cents: phyx is over rated. I played metro 2033 and mafia II with physx enabled and disabled. 5 minutes into the game you get so engrossed in the game play and the other eye candies, you do not even notice any extra stuff flying around due to physx. Metro 2033 was already had a darker and gloomy environment, physx was hardly visible. With a single GTX 560, I bet 9 out of 10, you will turn physx off due to the performance hit you take. So, in my opinion, phyx is not worth it. I am now going with 2 X 6950 crossfire and ditching my physx card. For 90% of the time, it is just sitting there with 0% idle heating up the inside of my case.
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post #10 of 10
run two 5850s and a 8800GS... it is as easy installing drivers and restarting your computer, just make sure you install the correct drivers and fixes

http://forums.amd.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=13&threadid=128614

I used that and it worked perfect, follow it to the "T"
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