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5870 + physx card

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April 10, 2010 3:01:24 PM

Hi I have 5870 and I'm thinking of to adding a physx card
would it work together ?
and what physx card should I get ? ( cheap one ) ^^

Thank You.

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April 10, 2010 3:20:05 PM

Official Nvidia drivers will not allow a physX card to be used in the presence of an ATI card. Depending on what your operating system is, you may be able to apply a workaround.

My personal, but very limited experience with ati + physx, is that the physX card becomes the bottleneck, and by using older cards, I was crippled with physX enabled. Since i was looking at a budget way to accomplish it, I wasn't willing to shell for a faster card just to run PhysX on the very few titles that actual utilize it in that way.
April 10, 2010 3:23:25 PM

The only PhysX cards around are Nvidia's own GeForce, however you'll need hacked drivers to make this setup work. For PhysX I would recommend a GeForce 260, but again you'll need moded drivers so the Nvidia won't detect the ATI drivers and lock you out. In fact any GeForce card that is an 8 series or above would work, it's just that the 260 is the strongest and is in the $125-$175 range.
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April 14, 2010 6:55:54 AM

no sense in spending that much money on a gtx 260 when I do believe they recommended a 9600GT for good/smooth Physx effects.
April 14, 2010 9:50:53 AM

Been there, done it! save your money because you will only be disapointed.

If you are going ahead with it then I would check out some of the vids on youtube.

You will also need windows 7 to use the mod driver.
April 14, 2010 4:39:26 PM

I bought gt 220 and going to post the result soon
April 14, 2010 4:59:50 PM

Please tell us how you modified it to work, as I am considering a single slot card for physx, maybe a 9800GT or single slot 260.
October 3, 2010 7:01:50 AM

i have my HIS 5870 with an 8600 gts and also tried the 8800 gts. Havent used anything higher yet. It works pretty nice and tested it out on UT3, some difference on crysis so far. Need to check out something else. the 8600 drops the fps abit and the 8800 is smoother.
October 3, 2010 7:26:31 AM

volks1470 said:
no sense in spending that much money on a gtx 260 when I do believe they recommended a 9600GT for good/smooth Physx effects.


Considering how few games there are with PhysX, buying a decidated card is a dubious choice. However, if you are going to get one, know that a 9600GT gives poor results in the only game I used it with, Sacred 2. A 9800GT was almost good enough for smooth results all the time.

I believe the 250 is usually the minimum requirement for perfectly smooth play with physX. That is, unless you play Dark Void, which needs a 260.
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