Using a 8600gt for physics?

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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-UACghost
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  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Thanks for the info, so far!
  9. 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?
  10. 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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