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NVidia Physx to go completely proprietary?

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a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 5:20:19 PM

"Well for all those who have have used Nvidia cards for PhysX and ATI cards to render graphics in Windows 7...All that is about to change.

Since the release of 186 graphics drivers Nvidia has decided to disable PhysX anytime a Non-Nvidia GPU is even present in the same PC. Nvidia again has shot themselves in the foot here and showed they are not customer oriented. Since they are pushing Physx this will not win over any ATI fanboys with this latest decision.

Here is a copy of the email I received from Nvidia support confirming what they have done.


Quote:
Hello JC,

Ill explain why this function was disabled.

Physx is an open software standard any company can freely develop hardware or software that supports it. Nvidia supports GPU accelerated Physx on NVIDIA GPUs while using NVIDIA GPUs for graphics. NVIDIA performs extensive Engineering, Development, and QA work that makes Physx a great experience for customers. For a variety of reasons - some development expense some quality assurance and some business reasons NVIDIA will not support GPU accelerated Physx with NVIDIA GPUs while GPU rendering is happening on non- NVIDIA GPUs. I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused but I hope you can understand.

Best Regards,
Troy
NVIDIA Customer Care

So this really confirms that PhysX will be doomed as an adopted API regardless how hard Nvidia pushes it as a result of action like this. "
http://www.ngohq.com/graphic-cards/16223-nvidia-disable...
August 8, 2009 5:28:16 PM

Holy crap! Nvidia will need a wheelchair just to crawl if they keep up stuff like that! [:rocket_sauce:1]
a c 272 U Graphics card
a c 171 Î Nvidia
August 8, 2009 5:29:19 PM

Yay!, higher Vantage scores ;)  . Seriously though, the only people who can really influence how this turns out is the game devs as they are the ones who ultimately decide what to include or leave out of whatever game they intend to make, yes or no?
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a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 5:35:40 PM

True, but the devs will have alot of ATI help in their ears while working on DX11 games, which are the ones being worked on now, even if they dont come out til later, as nVidia simply doesnt have DX11 cards for support.
LRB is going to take a huge sgare of influence away from both ATI and nVidia, but mostly nVidia, as theyve been the most successful with their TWIMTBP program. Bad move. May as well shoot themselves, or dump physx now
a c 272 U Graphics card
a c 171 Î Nvidia
August 8, 2009 5:39:32 PM

Only time (and the small print in certain contracts) will tell.
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 5:47:20 PM

Well, no ones going to go dump their ATI primary card, just to go get physx.
Another thing is, all those that do have ATI primary, and nVidia doing physx, I see them selling their old cards, which will mainly be bought by? People who prefer nVidia. So, hows that supposed to improve sales? Or further the use of physx when the devs see 40% of the market has been cut out?
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 5:53:11 PM

Interesting. I've read alot about people trying to use an Nvidia gpu as a Physx card with an ATI video card, but not seeing the enable physx options available in the nvidia control panel. This explains why.

Personally, I have successfully used a 9600GSO as a physx card with my 2x HD4870 set up under windows 7. I used the 182.xx Vista drivers. Since newer drivers aren't going to improve performance when it's only used for physx, people are just going to use the older drivers to get physx to work. All this really does is just piss off customers and drive them toward ATI.
August 8, 2009 5:53:16 PM

I was about to buy a gtx 280 for physx........... now I wont.
September 21, 2009 2:25:55 AM

Stooooopid

will these suits never learn?
September 21, 2009 10:06:14 AM

PhysX already dead-end feature, it seems Nvidia wants to kill it even sooner, maybe its for the better ;-)
September 21, 2009 1:15:16 PM

This actaully pushed me into the ATi camp next upgrade. Nvidia should not tell you what to do and how to use YOUR PROPERTY.
a c 272 U Graphics card
a c 171 Î Nvidia
September 21, 2009 1:21:26 PM

It works for Sony.
October 8, 2009 2:02:33 PM

well ill fart on nvidia
October 8, 2009 2:44:28 PM

Ageia would be very angry
October 8, 2009 2:54:00 PM

Who cares they sold out!!!! Its the consumers who are going to be mad!
October 8, 2009 4:07:56 PM

you do know there's a patch to bypass this
October 8, 2009 4:12:44 PM

I would imagine it is bound to happen at some point if not already. How about a linky?
October 8, 2009 4:13:14 PM

Thanks you beat me to it.
October 8, 2009 4:22:07 PM

i can see nvidia try and block this, they cant be to happy about it
October 8, 2009 4:44:40 PM

Im sure they will try! MSI has recently unvailed its next big contender and it just so happens to fit into this category............. THE BIG BANG X58 motherboard
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