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Advice on spare graphics card use please

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April 2, 2010 10:06:39 PM

Hey all, i'm currently using the setup below and was wondering what benefit, if any, installing my spare 768MB 8800GTX would have and what the best use for it would be:

Core i7 920 2.66GHz @ 4GHz
Asus Rampage II Extreme
6GB DDR3 @ 1530
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260sp 896MB
Intel X-25M 80GB SSD

Thanks in advance for replies.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 2, 2010 10:14:42 PM

Maybe as a Phys-X, but other than that, it'd be just sucking up power.
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2010 10:18:10 PM

YEah- it might be useful as a dedicated PhysX card, but thats only useful if you are playing some pretty heavy PhysX games like Batman AA or whatever. If I could do it, I would:-)
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April 2, 2010 10:19:46 PM

Ah yeah, forgot to mention i'm using an Enermax Galaxy 1000W PSU and electricity bill isn't a problem so not bothered about the extra power usage (and my CPU caps at 70 degrees on full load over night so extra heat shouldn't be a problem.)

Though if the only bonus I get is Phys-x then I may not bother. Anyone else?
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2010 10:22:08 PM

Well, you could get extra desktop space and add a couple monitors to the second card, but they'll only be useful for desktop, and not usable for gaming.
a c 261 U Graphics card
April 2, 2010 11:17:31 PM

I would sell it on e-bay and use the proceeds towards a second monitor or something else.
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2010 11:24:46 PM

well if possible, you could run folding @ home on that spare gpu. the work would go to a good cause!
April 3, 2010 12:59:16 AM

Can make a key-chain, or sell it on Ebay.
April 3, 2010 1:13:15 AM

Stuck the card in my system and have been playing Batman AA on Max settings, V-Sync, 16Q AA, 1080p, High PhysX etc for the last two hours, Benchmarks an average of 42 with a minimum of 30fps :D 

Already running Folding @ Home, not sure if it would be any better using my 8800 though? I think it's currently using my CPU.

Thanks all for suggestions
a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2010 12:54:13 AM

Man- if you are folding, you should be using your GPUs as Nvidia cards are GREAT for that. Nice benchies on Batman:-)
April 4, 2010 1:16:39 AM

There are 2 versions of Folding-

A CPU and GPU version, and a CPU only version.
a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2010 2:22:58 AM

The new game Metro 2033 uses physX, you have to enable it under video options.
You can see hear the additions, enhanced particles, blast waves, explosions, dust etc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt8DEEEMTHw
April 5, 2010 9:49:48 PM

Thank god for the dust, the game was unplayble without it.

But yeh, If he owns Metro or Batman, He should use the card for PhysX
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