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AMD HD6970 with PhysX Card

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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 9:25:45 PM

Hello All!,
It's my birthday on the 17th and so I will be upgrading my computer a little.
I'm going to get the AMD HD6970 graphics card to replace my HD 5770, quite a difference I hope. However I'm kind of sucked into Physx and obviously the Phsyx performance on an AMD card will be awful.

I know theres a hack to allow you to run an Nvidia Physx card with an ATi/AMD card with a dual card motherboard. So my first question, will a dedicated Physx card work with the AMD 6970 and any driver updates. And my second question, will it work with my motherboard, the M3A770DE, it's AMD 770 based.

Thanks in advanced, and please recommend a Physx card if you can.

:) 

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a c 173 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 9:29:59 PM

You went to the right place ;) 

On the cheap that is single slot and doesn't dump to much heat is the 8800/9800gt
Without a power connector is a gt430 or gt240. Contrary to the rich kids and trust fund Tommies you don't need any thing more and I have done this a few times on my own nickle and dime. The G92 is the sweet spot for physx while the gts 450 is overpriced and isn't any better enough to justify it.

GTX 460 + 8800gt

One note though you will need a patch for the nvidia drivers but beyond that in physx games you will notice the difference.
a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 9:32:45 PM

ROFLMFAO 6970 from a 5770 is barley any upgrade at all if I were going from a 5770 I'd at least get a 6870 or better, do not waste your money unless you can afford a better single card, how about a 6950 2 gig, the hack will work but it is def not worth it imo if you want physx then just get an Nvidia gpu, the 6970 is a poor upgrade choice going from the 5770 to begin with, you should rethink this or you will be one pissed off 17 year old when you realize you wasted a birthday gift on a totally meaningless upgrade, maybe just ask for a newegg gift card then add some of your own money in and go for a better card such as a 6870/gtx 470 or 6950/ gtx 560ti, for a physx card a used 8800/9800 gt(x) or better from ebay would be a perfect fit... but again like I said before not worth it...
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 9:35:19 PM

jjb8675309 said:
ROFLMFAO 6970 from a 5770 is barley any upgrade at all if I were going from a 5770 I'd at least get a 6870 or better, do not waste your money unless you can afford a better single card, how about a 6950 2 gig, the hack will work but it is def not worth it imo if you want physx then just get an Nvidia gpu, the 6970 is a poor upgrade choice going from the 5770 to begin with, you should rethink this or you will be one pissed off 17 year old when you realize you wasted a birthday gift on a totally meaningless upgrade, maybe just ask for a newegg gift card then add some of your own money in and go for a better card such as a 6870/gtx 470 or 6950/ gtx 560ti, for a physx card a used 8800/9800 gt(x) or better from ebay would be a perfect fit... but again like I said before not worth it...


Uhh... the 6970 is the best single-GPU AMD card? Better than the 6870 and the 6950 2 gig...?

And he said his birthday was on the 17th, not that he'd be 17.
a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 9:36:45 PM

whoa my bad, I thought he wanted to upgrade from a 5770 to a 6790, lol, anyways yeah I'd say the 6970 would be a great choice if hes got the cpu and psu to do it... also sorry about callling you a 17 year old
a c 171 U Graphics card
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April 6, 2011 9:39:19 PM

"ROFLMFAO 6970 from a 5770 is barley any upgrade at all if I were going from a 5770 I'd at least get a 6870 or better" what are you on? are you reading this properly 6970 is ati's fastest single gpu card.
a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 9:43:35 PM

yeah like I said above I thought he said 6790, even though I then went on to make a typo when I was responding so double fail but what I meant was upgrading from a 5770 to a 6790 would not be worth it, obviously the jump uo to the 6970 from the 5770 would def be worth it...
April 6, 2011 9:51:06 PM

I am not sure if this applies to Ati graphics cards but in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbww3dhzK0M&feature=play...
it shows that if you pair a very low end card with a fast gpu you will get worse performance... but you can't really get worse performance with a ati since doesn't run physx...
a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:01:59 PM

Thanks for the very quick replies, and no worries about the confusion :)  thanks for your suggestions, I will take a closer look at the gpus and the video tomorrow because I'm on my phone right now and about to go to bed.

I think I might go for the GT 430 as a physx card, and are you sure this will all work? My main concern was that my mobo is based on an AMD chipset.
Thanks
a c 173 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:23:00 PM

8600gts WTF?

That is to weak even for a 9600gso let alone any thing else. Bad card crappy example. Really embarrassing considering that he should have known better.

A GT430 is ok but it is not all that great for that job. I spent two months before buying the card that I got now for physx. 8800gt on the cheap is Worth it. Trust me you don't want a weak fermi based card for physx and if you want low power go with a GT240 for many reasons. Such as stronger unit to unit in comparison to Fermi cards and non synchronized clocks instead of the fixed core to shader clock ratio of Fermi cards. The old cards are also of higher physical quality compared to some of the new fermi cards.
April 7, 2011 3:26:22 AM

TJ,

Let me suggest this. Physx is really an nvidia thing. Trying to hack/tweak drivers to do this is very possible, but is not guaranteed to work in all games. Plus, your risking that you follow someones advise/how-to-guide and it doesn't work.

If you ask me, here's a few things you can try.

1. get a 6950 and unlock it to a 6970. Sell/reuse in another computer the 5770
2. Repeat my first suggestion and hybrid Xfire it with your 5770 (if possible)
3. If your hell bent on physx, then get a single 570 (SC or non-SC, your choice)

All 3 situations will be overkill on any 1080p monitor.
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