Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

AGEIA® PhysX® physics accelerator

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
September 7, 2006 5:12:09 PM

Is the AGEIA® PhysX® physics accelerator even worth it? Does it actually make a difference?
September 7, 2006 5:35:15 PM

Quote:
Is the AGEIA® PhysX® physics accelerator even worth it? Does it actually make a difference?


Good question...(bump)
September 7, 2006 5:39:11 PM

Quote:
Is the AGEIA® PhysX® physics accelerator even worth it? Does it actually make a difference?


No.
Yes....makes most games run worse!
Related resources
September 7, 2006 5:45:54 PM

Quote:
Is the AGEIA® PhysX® physics accelerator even worth it? Does it actually make a difference?


No.
Yes....makes most games run worse!

Maybe..
Yes... ~25% improvement based on Anandtech's most recent review with City of Villains.
September 7, 2006 5:47:07 PM

Well your adding extra physics to the pot now, so naturally things can slow down a bit. Ageia had a great idea and it needs to be matured. The idea in fact is now being taken into consideration by ATI and Nvidia with thier crossfire and sli cards. So, Ageia must be doing something right. If you are considering buying the card wait a few months and see what happens. As more and more games start to support it the PhysX processor will start to mature as will its drivers and maybe future versions of it as well.
Just my 2 cents.
September 7, 2006 5:56:33 PM

Video cards can speed up Physics. (or add moving objects)
A bigger problem is getting the physics RIGHT. Things still poke out of other objects, things don't sit correctly, most objects are still immovable, I have yet to see realistic moving water or realistic particle animation, etc etc etc,
Those problems need to get fixed before we should worry about adding more objects.
September 7, 2006 6:11:10 PM

If you're asking the question, then the answer is no: it's not worth it.

It's only useful for those willing to spend the money to be "early adopters." The PhysX is nothing more than an expensive hardware BETA at the moment.

You won't see any improvement unless you know specifically that the card will improve performance of a game you play (Apparantly CoV, but I don't know of any more personally).

Then you have to weigh the performance gain against the cost. For most of us, it's still entirely too much.
September 7, 2006 6:13:39 PM

thanks guys.. i think i will wait. Should be interesting to see where this technology goes.
!