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ZOTAC AMP GTX 480 AND GTX 285 for PhysX...Possible?

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August 12, 2010 3:52:02 AM

Ok so i just put together my new machine and I have a little extra cash left over. I am thinking about getting a second video card and have it dedicated to PhysX. I don't have enough to get another 480 so I was wondering if I could hook up a GTX 285 for PhysX, and would it be worth it?

Mafia 2 suggests. Inorder to run PhysX on high...use that combination of cards.

Currently I can play Mafia 2 with PhysX on my single card at 30 FPS with PhysX on High. Will i see an improvement if i get this card. Second For PhysX do I need to SLI this cards together for this to work? Third, if I do get this card does it have to be a Zotac GTX 285?

This is my Rig

AsRock X58 Deluxe3 Mobo
Core i7-930 2.8GHZ
Noctua SHU 12 SE
ZOTAC AMP GTX480
GSKILL Trident 6GB DDR3 1600
1 TB WD Black
500gb WD Blue
64GB Kingston SSD
Azza Salano 1000 Case
CorSair HX 1000 watt PSU
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August 12, 2010 3:56:01 AM

Buying a GTX285 for PhysX isn't worth it, unless you're getting it for $100 but even then its not ideal, (PhysX doesn't even fully utilize a GT240 in most cases, though I'm not sure specifically about Mafia 2, I doubt its PhysX is that demanding) .
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August 12, 2010 4:18:39 AM

razorkit said:
Ok so i just put together my new machine and I have a little extra cash left over. I am thinking about getting a second video card and have it dedicated to PhysX. I don't have enough to get another 480 so I was wondering if I could hook up a GTX 285 for PhysX, and would it be worth it?

Mafia 2 suggests. Inorder to run PhysX on high...use that combination of cards.

Currently I can play Mafia 2 with PhysX on my single card at 30 FPS with PhysX on High. Will i see an improvement if i get this card. Second For PhysX do I need to SLI this cards together for this to work? Third, if I do get this card does it have to be a Zotac GTX 285?

This is my Rig

AsRock X58 Deluxe3 Mobo
Core i7-930 2.8GHZ
Noctua SHU 12 SE
ZOTAC AMP GTX480
GSKILL Trident 6GB DDR3 1600
1 TB WD Black
500gb WD Blue
64GB Kingston SSD
Azza Salano 1000 Case
CorSair HX 1000 watt PSU


Where did you see that?



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August 12, 2010 10:36:37 AM

razorkit said:
Thanks for the info Timop.

This is where I saw the blurb about the 2 graphics cards. There are also a few other sites out there that are posting this.


http://www.actiontrip.com/rei/comments_news.phtml?id=07...

That last bit has yet to make it to the recommendation list on the Steam site. :lol: 
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August 12, 2010 6:05:32 PM

Your Zotac card takes up three slots with that big cooling unit. A GTX 285 is a two slot card. You will likely not have enough room for both cards. The great thing about owning a GTX 480 card is that it can handle PhysX and any graphics you throw at it. With that said, you will see an improvement if you purchase a lesser single slot card for PhysX. A GTX 285 would be overkill, when a much cheaper card will handle PhysX just as well. You do not need to match your cards/manufacturers, so any Nvidia 8000 series or above will work.
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August 12, 2010 9:16:24 PM

Thanks so far for all of the information everyone
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August 13, 2010 1:25:51 AM

17seconds said:
so any Nvidia 8000 series or above will work.

It has to be an 8600GT or higher, an 8500, 8400 etc. cannot be used as PhysX cards.
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