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Hey guys,

As the title states, I'm looking for a decent physx card, now, I've found the GT 520:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-z...ub-dl-dvi-hdmi

I wanted a black PCB and the zotac is the only one that has a black PCB, (cause I want it to fit in with my all black/clinical setup (see sig rig).

I was hoping that the GT 520 would be able to handle physx well enough to compete with the GTX 580. If not I shall just leave it.

But for £40-50 it seems fairly decent. I was hoping for a fanless physx card so noise will never be an issue. Asus do one, but it has a blue PCB, and I'm very particular about my new build keeping it's aesthetics.

Does anyone know of an all black silent Physx card for under £60? Which is roughly $100.

I've been looking for a fair few hours now, found these:

GTS 250 (little over my budget)
GT 240
GT 220
GT 430

I don't think these will match up to my GTX 580, and may even reduce physx performance, what do you guys think?

As always any input is greatly appreciated!

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Hmm, the 520 appears to be weaker than a 9800GT/250 (same card), and the 9800 is more or less the bare minimum to see improvements from a PhysX card (forcing a too-weak PhysX card will reduce overall performance).

With a 580, unless you go with a 460 or better, you're not going to see a noticeable improvement from a physX card.
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a GTS450 minimum with that 580
    
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well if your sig rig is correct, you have two screens at really high res that would literally make the phisx card take a cr apper the scaling would be massive and the heat would go nuts. and from some test i saw done buy a guy here on ocn, he had a high res screen too, that the fps was only 2-5 fps faster and that was with a 580 as a phisx so i dont think you will be geting a huge performance increase
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Thanks guys, I just wont bother with one then!

I kinda had an incling that'd happen!

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post #6 of 6
Having a black PCB card for Physx to match your GTX580 is easy. The hard part is that your budget is limited at under £60.

You will have to find a good used one of these cards:-
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/N...RIXHTDI896MD3/
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/N...lusHTDI896MD3/
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/N...Plus2DI896MD3/
http://www.goldfries.com/hardware-re...c-card-review/
http://www.nvnews.net/previews/gefor...x/page_4.shtml

Examples:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Asus-GTX-260-E...item3a651642e9
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/evga-e-GeForce...item33660d3ab0

Just exercise usual caution of buying second hand computer part.

My final advice: as there are not many games with Physx demanding enough to justify to go out to buy a dedicated card, just play along with your GTX580. If such a game ever comes up and you find your GTX580 does not give you enough framerate, consider buying only then.
Edited by windfire - 4/13/11 at 10:58pm
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