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A good Nvidia low-profile video card simply for PhysX?

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February 2, 2014 8:24:11 PM

I have an AMD card and can play a couple games with PhysX on with no problem (through the CPU, of course) I do have an i5 however, and it's not the best at PhysX with every game, and I've heard that it's possible to get a low-profile video card to work the PhysX in games.

I don't know much about low-profile video cards so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to get for a PhysX-only card, and if it's a complicated setup.
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February 2, 2014 8:26:10 PM

I think they sell a good low profile 760.
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February 2, 2014 8:32:46 PM

Mciahel said:
I think they sell a good low profile 760.


Crap, a quick search of google that I should've done before shows that "low-profile" isn't the word I was looking for.. Dedicated to PhysX is what I meant. I don't care too much if it's low profile or not, I just want one that will be good on handling PhysX in games out nowadays.
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February 2, 2014 9:28:02 PM

Dang uh, I was expecting a very cheap card around the range of $50.. That's what others were saying. I'm pretty sure I don't want to buy a huge 770 just to use for PhysX, plus I don't have the room for 2 2-slot cards..

Edit: Crap now that I think about it, I think my 7870 is big enough to be a 3-slot card.. Gonna check real quick.

Edit 2: Damnit.. It seems as though my card is just barely in the way of the 2nd PCIe x16 slot.. Well now I'm sol..
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February 2, 2014 9:38:40 PM

Go for the 640 I posted earlier. Next time more info would be helpful. Going lower then the 640 I would think might not give any gains.
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February 2, 2014 9:47:55 PM

Just to be clear, I'm not replacing my current card. I want a Nvidia card dedicated to PhysX (as in my 7870 does the work for everything else, and the Nvidia one does the work for the PhysX) Also my 7870 is just barely over my 2nd PCIe x16 slot, so I cannot put another in it. I can either try to move it down, which will most likely not work, or work, but with little to no airflow, or I can try to get a PCIe x1 card, which I don't know much about, but I doubt it's any good.
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February 4, 2014 7:03:41 AM

The best card that won't slow down your performance is going to be a GT 640 or 650 (non-Ti). You could also take a look at a GTX 560, but the 600 series is more power efficient and quieter. You probably won't find an acceptable card for $50 unless you find a deal on a last generation card.

Be sure to do your research on Hybrid PhysX before making the purchase.
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February 4, 2014 7:15:32 AM

yomamaisonfier said:
I have an AMD card and can play a couple games with PhysX on with no problem (through the CPU, of course) I do have an i5 however, and it's not the best at PhysX with every game, and I've heard that it's possible to get a low-profile video card to work the PhysX in games.

I don't know much about low-profile video cards so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to get for a PhysX-only card, and if it's a complicated setup.


9800GTX+ or a GTS 250 1 GB. Best Bet. And Cheapest. PhysX alone is not very taxing.
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August 17, 2014 5:27:59 PM

cococabana said:
yomamaisonfier said:
I have an AMD card and can play a couple games with PhysX on with no problem (through the CPU, of course) I do have an i5 however, and it's not the best at PhysX with every game, and I've heard that it's possible to get a low-profile video card to work the PhysX in games.

I don't know much about low-profile video cards so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to get for a PhysX-only card, and if it's a complicated setup.


9800GTX+ or a GTS 250 1 GB. Best Bet. And Cheapest. PhysX alone is not very taxing.

if physx alone is not very taxing why does geforce experience reccomend to disable physx in cod ghosts on a gtx 680?
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