Drums101, a dedicated PhysX card DOES NOT render anything. It simply offloads the PhysX work from the CPU. Once it has finish calculating the PhysX work, it sends the commands that tell the primary gfx card what particles to draw i.e. glass shards, bullet casings, etc.With that being said, the performance loss is probably because of the latency times between the 550ti and the 570 or the 550ti is worse then the i7 at PhysX calculating although that would be unlikely. Something even more unlikely is since that there is an 550ti in the system, the 570 may not be getting enough power.