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GTX 570 with 240 for physics?

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November 19, 2012 8:13:23 PM

So i am seriously considering buying a GTX 570 from amazon as they are having an AMAZING deal right now ($200) and i have a GTS 240 sitting around... would it be possible to use it as a dedicated physics card?

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November 19, 2012 8:44:27 PM

Sure, but it's always important to ask why you would want that. Are you playing the handful of games that take advantage of the technology? How is your PSU? Do any games you play with physx get choppy with physx enabled?

It's very easy to configure http://www.ehow.com/how_7264071_use-nvidia-card-just-ph...
November 19, 2012 8:56:51 PM

No, i am not but i have an extra one that has no use at the moment (my brother is using it but i can give him my card which is better). Also, i am going to need to buy a new PSU anyways i think cause my 400W one wont power that 570 i dont think...
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November 19, 2012 9:01:22 PM

The 240 would be no benefit to physx. In-fact you will probably lose 15-20fps depending on the game over using the 570 for physx and gpu.
November 19, 2012 9:03:44 PM

mightymaxio said:
The 240 would be no benefit to physx. In-fact you will probably lose 15-20fps depending on the game over using the 570 for physx and gpu.

really? care to explain your reasoning? im kind of new to all this
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November 19, 2012 9:07:18 PM

werdna87 said:
really? care to explain your reasoning? im kind of new to all this

a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2012 9:15:08 PM

That card is too expensive buy it at 150-170 tops for a 570
November 19, 2012 9:17:09 PM

A GT240 (GDDR5 version) is significantly better than a 8600GTS though
November 19, 2012 9:18:10 PM

spentshells said:
That card is too expensive buy it at 150-170 tops for a 570

care to point me in the right direction?
a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2012 1:28:25 AM

To get any benefit at all you would need at least a gtx 450+ for a dedicated physx card using the gtx 570
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1549518
That forum post basically explains that adding a gt 240 as a dedicated physx card for the gtx 460 768mb only improves fps by 1.2. With a gtx 570 you have almost double the performance of a gtx 460 768 so if you were to use a gt 240 you would actually lose FPS not gain some.
November 20, 2012 1:37:03 AM

mightymaxio said:
To get any benefit at all you would need at least a gtx 450+ for a dedicated physx card using the gtx 570

do you think that is a good deal for a 570 though? i can live without a dedicated physx card, considering im coming from a 4850, if i got it i should see a massive increase in performance anyways i believe...
a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2012 1:45:33 AM

What games do you need it for?

Like everyone has explained you will need a dedicated GPU that is equal or greater than the PhysX processing power of a 570 to see any gains...

Getting one better card maybe the better solution if you havent bought anything yet
November 20, 2012 1:54:19 AM

paddys09 said:
What games do you need it for?

Like everyone has explained you will need a dedicated GPU that is equal or greater than the PhysX processing power of a 570 to see any gains...

Getting one better card maybe the better solution if you havent bought anything yet


I do already have a 240, as well as a 4850. If i shouldnt use the 240 as a dedicated physX card, i will be fine, i was just hoping that i could get a little performance increase for free because i already had it. I am not just looking for opinions on whether or not the 570 is worth it for $180
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November 20, 2012 2:11:47 AM

I have no idea about US prices, but then again I never mentioned them :lol: 

The 570 is a good card, I have 2... aging a bit now but good compute power and a single one will play most things at max or close enough @ 1080... I'll most likely be jumping on next gens cards though...

I was just trying determine what you needed the PhysX power for as the 570 can handle it okayish by itself...

Its certainly an upgrade from a 4850 + 240 dedicated

November 20, 2012 4:17:51 AM

paddys09 said:
I have no idea about US prices, but then again I never mentioned them :lol: 

The 570 is a good card, I have 2... aging a bit now but good compute power and a single one will play most things at max or close enough @ 1080... I'll most likely be jumping on next gens cards though...

I was just trying determine what you needed the PhysX power for as the 570 can handle it okayish by itself...

Its certainly an upgrade from a 4850 + 240 dedicated


I really dont NEED it, but if i did upgrade it would be sitting around so i thought it couldnt hurt to ask. to give you a rough estimate of prices, $200 is about where the 660 runs, with the 660TI being about $300
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November 20, 2012 4:41:27 AM

In that case I would probably opt for the 660, performs better and doesn't require as much power, having 2gb of VRAM is useful these days too, especially if adding texture mods...

Yea you did the right thing by asking, its not an easy subject to find out definite answers backed by trusted benchmarks, but the 240 will hold you back if upgrading to a more powerful Nvidia card...

Not too many reasons to go for a 570 if the 660 is roughly the same price
a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2012 10:47:21 AM

yes OP look at the 660 non ti
it performs above the 570 and has more memory and uses quite a bit less power.
a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2012 2:37:34 PM

The only reason I would keep that card would be to run other monitors off of it to take stress off the main GPU if you run a multi-monitor setup without surround.
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