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Using a 8600gt for physics?

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January 14, 2009 2:37:59 AM

ok so i have a 9800gtx and i noticed the new drivers have the ability to use another card for deticated physics so i have an old 8600gt 256mb that is just gathering dust so i am using it as a physics card. i dont notice any diffrence in any of my games even ones that have physics (GRAW). before i installed the 8600gt i downloaded some physics test from nvidia and ran it on the 9800gtx alone and it seems to do better at it than the 8600gt did deticated so i want to know is deticated physics a waste or is my 8600gt just held back by the 256mb (which was the minimum) memory? if so should i get a 9600gt 512mb or just forget about deticated.


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January 17, 2009 1:57:51 PM

I'm in a similar boat, I've a Gtx 280, running a 24" Monitor and was wondering if I'd see any benefit from a second card for PhysX? Als, any recommendations would be welcome......

Thanks in advance guys!

January 17, 2009 7:57:54 PM

ooral said:
I'm in a similar boat, I've a Gtx 280, running a 24" Monitor and was wondering if I'd see any benefit from a second card for PhysX? Als, any recommendations would be welcome......

Thanks in advance guys!


Just been having a look at a few other posts/adverts, a lot point to the 9500 as being good for the 2nd physX card, anyone have any opinions experience?
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January 18, 2009 1:23:44 PM

I assume you all have gone to the nvidia web site to get the physix drivers?
I havent done it but I know there is a seperate additional driver for it.
I have been looking into this a little also and they say it must be a 8xxx series or highr card.
It figures as the only other one I have is a 7900.
January 18, 2009 6:46:32 PM

I downloaded the latest driver for the 280, it has it as standard.....

I have the Aegia software installed anyway right enough, it's part of the GRAW2 install. When i checked for PhysX after installing the driver the option was available on the game.
January 18, 2009 6:56:55 PM

Sorry not much time but just to be clear.
My 8800 doesnt come with all necessary drivers and I dont have any idea about the 280, but look at this and see if it pertains.
Honestly I see it in my Nvidia control panel but cant recall if I downloaded it or if it is there by default, and I dont know if more is needed.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx_9.09.0010_whql.html
January 18, 2009 9:34:57 PM

The latest 181.22 drivers come with that physx package. I think the point of that standalone physx package you linked to is for people who want to use it on older drivers. Not sure though.
January 19, 2009 6:15:14 PM

I see, I just got the latest drivers last week when i got the card. Just need to get a suggestion on the other card now!
January 19, 2009 6:18:03 PM

Thanks for the info, so far!
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January 19, 2009 7:12:57 PM

I think any 8xxx or above card will do the job.
I recently brought my `b` (brothers) system up-to-date (8800 GTS 640 G80) and the drivers report PhysX to be enabled through that, even though it`s a single card setup.
What about a 9500?
January 29, 2009 9:13:10 PM

i'm getting a new pc with 4870 ati card in it.
the mobo i'm getting is crossfire ready, but i was wondering can i use my 8600gt for physics, and the ati for grafics?
or ati and nv don't work together with the drivers? i'm not speaking of sli/xfire them, only the nv for physics. because ati doesn't have physics


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