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Can an 8800gts 320mb card max out physx in Mafia 2, Batman AA, and Metro2033 or any of those games or you don't know? Also would it generate too much heat? I think people have told me I always get the hottest cards that generate alot of heat. I think Fermi and 8800gts series are both suppose to be pretty hot cards.
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The 320MB & the 640MB 8800GTS are pretty hot cards; it would probably run Physics well, but it would also consume some 150W and output a lot of heat.
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I belive the lowest card you want for phyics is a 9800gtx/250. anything lower will degrade performance of the gpu. U can fold on it tho
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Yeah i have the 8800GTX and those babys are hotter than the sun! even on idle, but the whole 88xx series are great cards, you'll be fine dedicating them to physx, there are very few games that demand much more in terms of raw computing power for physx.
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Yeah i have the 8800GTX and those babys are hotter than the sun! even on idle, but the whole 88xx series are great cards, you'll be fine dedicating them to physx, there are very few games that demand much more in terms of raw computing power for physx.
Have you tried that on Metro2033? Because I can't max out Metro2033 just with my Gtx470, I can't even run physx because its so demanding. I'm wondering if I dedicate 8800gts 320mb card to physx that I'll be able to run that game maxed out pretty much.
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What the heck is this person talking about? They're saying their performance went down... How is that even possible?

http://www.aoaforums.com/forum/bench...ted-physx.html
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Originally Posted by IlovetheChosenone View Post
Have you tried that on Metro2033? Because I can't max out Metro2033 just with my Gtx470, I can't even run physx because its so demanding. I'm wondering if I dedicate 8800gts 320mb card to physx that I'll be able to run that game maxed out pretty much.
TBH - I've not played Metro2033, but i know its a demanding game, if you're running 1920x1200 then you'll struggle as thats a lot of pixels to deal with, but there will always be advantages to dedicating a card to physx, you'll see an improvement, albeit minor in some areas, still a performance increase.
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Originally Posted by IlovetheChosenone View Post
Have you tried that on Metro2033? Because I can't max out Metro2033 just with my Gtx470, I can't even run physx because its so demanding. I'm wondering if I dedicate 8800gts 320mb card to physx that I'll be able to run that game maxed out pretty much.
No, it won't happen. The 8800GTS 320 is roughly the same as my GT240, just runs hotter.

It DOES HELP with PhysX. I went from a stuttery 32 FPS in Mafia II, to a smooth 36 FPS by adding my GT240. It wasn't so much the extra framerates that helped, but more that my 470 wasn't doing PhysX + 3D.
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Originally Posted by IlovetheChosenone View Post
What the heck is this person talking about? They're saying their performance went down... How is that even possible?

http://www.aoaforums.com/forum/bench...ted-physx.html
They're synthetic benchmarks, not comparable to in-game performance, as some parts of the game will be more demanding than others,

I've never trusted synthetics when looking for individual game advantages. they're more for a wide spectrum of gpu capabilities.
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My new motherboard coming in the mail can do two cards right? I think someone told me it could. My old motherboard obviously couldn't which was a gigabyte something that was like about 50 bucks. I had to update motherboards cuz that one only supported 95watt cpus.
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