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Should i buy a PhysX card?

By kyleb05
Nov 8, 2007
  1. hey everyone
    i was looking at the PhysX card from BFG/AGEIA and it sounds pretty sweet
    i was wondering if alot of of the gamers on this site have 1 or not
    and if its worth buying and could somebody please provide me with
    a list of games so i know what I am getting myself into here
    somebody please inform of the pros and cons
    thanks 4 your help everybody
     
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    You can take a look on the Ageia PhysX website to know which games work with it. Most of the reviews I've read indicate that when you turn on the extra physics in games you get a noticeable performance hit. To me that is disappointing since the whole purpose of the card was to add more realistic physics to games without a performance as the card would provide more processing power to avoid such a hit. I have to say I'm unimpressed.
     
  3. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Unreal Tournament 3 will support the ageia phys x card so my plan is to wait and see what reviews say about the expirience with the use of it. If the reviews say it does alot for the game then I'll get it because UT3 is gonna be huge and if the card does alot for it then other developers and the industry in general will take the card more seriously. So basicly what I'm saying is that it would be wise to wait because as it stands now there aren't many games taking advantage of it. Developmentaly the tech is very immature from a software standpoint in regards to support and implementation.
     
  4. kyleb05

    kyleb05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    thanks guys
    keep them coming everybody
     
  5. Dennis_84

    Dennis_84 TS Rookie Posts: 106

    There is hardly any games that uses the physx card so don't bother for it now just stick with directx 10, 8800 series video card.
     
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    That's because there are more objects around for the graphics card to draw.

    I'd probably get one if I had a free PCI slot.
     
  7. kyleb05

    kyleb05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    yaa im still on the fence
    maybe after the expensive holidays
     
  8. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Until it's widely used, I would say no....because when it is widely used ,the price will come down :) .
     
  9. kyleb05

    kyleb05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

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