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Nvidia Support of AGEIA PhysX Processors is Dead

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 50 comments

End of the line for this specialized hardware.

Nvidia has officially discontinued support for dedicated Ageia physics processing units (PPUs), and is now shifting attentions to just backing the technology on GeForce products.

An Nvidia technician responded with the following message to a user who emailed customer support with an inquiry on how to get his Ageia working on his computer:

The cases was escalated to me. The current PhysX driver unfortunately does not support Aegia PPU hardware which you're already aware. Support for Aegia PPU ended after the 8.xx.xx driver but like you we've receive other users asking to include support in current PhysX releases. There are discussions to release a stand-along PhysX driver that will support Aegia PPU but that is still in discussion and I'm unable to get any confirmation or schedule. I can certainly update you if this changes or you can check back with us in a couple of months. Unfortunately we don't know anymore at this point.

A look at the recent version of the Nvidia PhysX system software confirms that only GeForce parts are supported for accelerated physics.

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    j51 , May 6, 2010 9:51 PM
    R.I.P Ageia physics processing units (PPUs)....

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    mlopinto2k1 , May 6, 2010 9:55 PM
    Yea, who didn't see THAT coming. That thing was a hunk of crap. Did you ever see the demo's showing off what it was capable of? Crap. Good riddance.
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    idisarmu , May 6, 2010 11:07 PM
    iluv2raceit I am using a 3-way SLI GTX480 setup and no longer use a dedicated Physx card and the physics score in 3DMark Vantage went up significantly! Just thought you all should know this information!


    So how many organs did you sell?
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  • 27 Hide
    j51 , May 6, 2010 9:51 PM
    R.I.P Ageia physics processing units (PPUs)....

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    Anonymous , May 6, 2010 9:52 PM
    Bad move! Poor form Nvidia! Won't buy from your shoddy outfit again...
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    mlopinto2k1 , May 6, 2010 9:55 PM
    Yea, who didn't see THAT coming. That thing was a hunk of crap. Did you ever see the demo's showing off what it was capable of? Crap. Good riddance.
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    Ciuy , May 6, 2010 10:00 PM
    ...in a couple of months. pff
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    bk420 , May 6, 2010 10:04 PM
    It's about time... Nvidia is going into meltdown mode thanks to Fermi lava.
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    zorky9 , May 6, 2010 10:06 PM
    nvidia wasn't interested in those chips when it acquired ageia a couple of years ago in the first place. it was PhsyX it was after. now that GeForce GPUs PhysX capabilities, it was only a matter of time...

    if you still have PhysX processors, maybe it's time to upgrade.

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    FrozenGpu , May 6, 2010 10:06 PM
    It wasn't the best addition, but it did add some extra effects, I assume Nvidia has gotten what they wanted from the acquistion, right? Probably not worth their time to continue to support Aegia's ppu's, anymore?
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    LATTEH , May 6, 2010 10:07 PM
    Well they should start making it so its more capable of running on the CPU instead.... otherwise whats the use? if we have a Intel GPU or ATI gpu we won't be able to use your techneogy
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    wcooper007 , May 6, 2010 10:21 PM
    Nvidia has a track record and this is the same crap they did when they bought 3dfx way back in the day i had a voodoo 5500 and they didnt put out drivers for it for windows xp i was soo pissed off that i really have never bought anything they make all i buy is ATI.. not saying i have not owned Nvidia but never purchased one=)
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    noodlegts , May 6, 2010 10:22 PM
    Which is why you should get an NVIDIA card.

    I mean that's kind of the point, they are doing this so you'll buy one.
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    fonzy , May 6, 2010 10:36 PM
    What a waist of money buying Physx.
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    miloo , May 6, 2010 10:41 PM
    nvidia new strategy ~ LOL
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    rooket , May 6, 2010 10:58 PM
    Oh ya physx...the chip that gave games no performance gain at all. Hmm I remember that. Some gimmick to make someone a quick buck. Now that the geforce cards have physx, well...what games even use it? All the games I play use Havoc which i believe is software, made by Valve.....hmmmmm...... physx? well idk before I had the physx capability I loaded up the physx demos from their web site and they ran fine on my pc (?????) why would I need to buy the card lol.

    oh i see the list of games on wikipedia... gundam? oh that is on ps3? who cares? lol. I haven't played any of the games on that list (unless gundam is that plain launch game that I played at my friend's place on his ps3..wasn't that impressive of a game, actually had more fun playing gundam on sega dreamcast)

    well... I wouldn't say good riddance to physx I just never had anything that used it. I think that's the biggest problem it had, very very minimal support. the list possibly is full of ps3 titles anyway which I don't even have.
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    7amood , May 6, 2010 11:03 PM
    how to "discontinue support" and "back the technology" at the same time??
    isn't AGEIA = PhysX???
    which one is dead now??? please enlighten me
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    idisarmu , May 6, 2010 11:07 PM
    iluv2raceit I am using a 3-way SLI GTX480 setup and no longer use a dedicated Physx card and the physics score in 3DMark Vantage went up significantly! Just thought you all should know this information!


    So how many organs did you sell?
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    Simple11 , May 6, 2010 11:15 PM
    I thought about returning to NVidia to SLI and have a dedicated physx card but when I read that many games don't actually support it then I just dropped the thought ahah.
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    builderbobftw , May 6, 2010 11:21 PM
    RIP Cellfactor Revoltion.
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    tipoo , May 6, 2010 11:23 PM
    Blast...They should at least have a card trade-in discount or something.
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    ptroen , May 6, 2010 11:32 PM
    Nvidia upper management incompetance at it's worst. How does a company screw up a potential huge revenue stream like hardware based physics? Simple try to integrate with the graphics card. Had Nvidia took the lead by upgrading hardware based physics and put more cache for custom based physics hardware, Physx could have destroyed Havok but now this thing goes the way of the dinosaur....
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