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Is it worth it to get a 9800gt for PhysX

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November 19, 2010 1:21:11 PM

I have the opportunity to get a 9800gt Zotac Synergy Edition 1gb and I want to run it as a dedicated PhysX card along with my XFX HD 4890.

Is it worth it? I can get it for a relatively cheap price.

Thanks in advance

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November 19, 2010 1:26:54 PM

i think that GT240 is good enough for dedicated PhysX.
November 19, 2010 1:29:14 PM

How much is relatively cheap?
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November 19, 2010 1:31:24 PM

Well I live in South Africa and I can get it for R700.. A new one costs R1100 +
November 19, 2010 1:34:33 PM

Depends if you play the Physx engined games like Mafia 2, Batman AA etc..

Not sure what R700 equates to in $ or £ but it would help, but for R700 is upto you..

I havent found any benchmarks for a scenario with a 9800GT dedicated Physx, but to be honest, i havent fully committed to it.. yet
November 19, 2010 1:56:20 PM

I think I'm definitely going for it and just by the way R700 ~ under $100.
November 19, 2010 2:07:34 PM

Ok, to me its a touch and go situation.. But others maybe more Inclined to bite the bullet and go for it, but i have 2x GTX470 and wouldnt see a massive improvement wit a 9800GT as a dedicated Physx card (From what ive seen/been told)

With your system however, you'll likely see major improvements over mine in terms of FPS/Quality/Physx
November 19, 2010 2:11:07 PM

Thanks for your input and kudos to your 2x GTX470 system!
November 19, 2010 3:17:55 PM

I just realized that that my motherboard only has a total of 16 Pci-e lanes. Does this mean that it'll be divided into 8x and 8x (8x for HD 4890 and 8x for 9800gt)? And if so, would I notice a bottleneck with the 4890 only being able to use 8 lanes?
November 19, 2010 5:05:23 PM

I not 100% sure on this, but i think the performance difference between 16x and 8x is about 5%?? I dont know weather if this is just based on SLI scaling, or weather this is based on all cards in lanes..
November 19, 2010 5:15:23 PM

Thanks, but regardless of the verdict I will go ahead and buy the card.
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