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I just got a couple rebates in and was thinking of investing in a physx card, can I get a decent one for $40? If Its worth it to spend more, why?

not sure if it matter but the only 16 PCIe slot I have open is running at x4.

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Honestly you will lose performance with a PhysX card. There was a thread posted here on OCN showing a dedicated card for physX and no dedicated card. You lose about 5fps with a dedicated card.
    
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post #3 of 36
Just let the CPU do the PhysX you have a decent CPU, And that should be splenty, my friend.
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I wouldn't buy a PhysX card. If you have an old NVIDIA lying around, great. Otherwise, actually spending money on it for the two to three PhysX games you'll probably play won't be worth it.

To answer your question though, I would get at least a 9800GT.
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Originally Posted by AllLeafs View Post
Honestly you will lose performance with a PhysX card. There was a thread posted here on OCN showing a dedicated card for physX and no dedicated card. You lose about 5fps with a dedicated card.
seriously? that is a bold claim with no
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post #6 of 36
You can lose performance with a slow PhysX card- Such as an 8600GT/8500/8400/9400 or anything under 100~ shaders.

With that budget, you may be able to get an 8800GT/X or something similar. I would personally save my money and just get another 460.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by (mirror)52-D.S.L. View Post
seriously? that is a bold claim with no
I believe that is true too! I think i read a similar post where the more powerful cards handling physX acctually made the frame rates worse.
post #8 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by MR KROGOTH View Post
You can lose performance with a slow PhysX card- Such as an 8600GT/8500/8400/9400 or anything under 100~ shaders.

With that budget, you may be able to get an 8800GT/X or something similar.
Ah thought it was the other way around! My Bad.
post #9 of 36
PhysX cards only reduce performance when they're not powerful enough to keep up. You might notice smoother gameplay with something like a GTS 450/550 Ti. But getting a dedicated card for just that is a waste IMO, if anything, fold on it while not gaming.
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post #10 of 36
Forgot to add this to my original post:

With a fast enough dedicated PhysX card, and with the PhysX setting high enough, you can *le gasp*

GAIN PERFORMANCE?!?!?!

As opposed to a single card.
    
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