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    Physics cards

    I was curious if anyone here owns a computer that has one installed, and do you notice any awesome improvements to gaming with it jacked in there?

    Also does anyone know what type of slot you have to have on your system to install a physics card? Is it just a regular pci slot or do you need 2 pci express slots?

    Hell probably when games are actually coded to take advantage of it, i'll have already bought a new system with it already installed.
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    Is it a graphics card you need? I installed one last year and made massive improvements and is alot quicker now too. I put mine in the pci slot.Just make sure your static free or you'll fry everything.
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    You could probably get one in either Api or Pci and only needs one slot. I had three empty pci slots so i got one for pci. If your instaling it yourself only use one hand if you can and the other touching a rubber mat or something so theres no static which will wreck everything. Very easy to do. I done mine in 5 mins. Oh yeah and obviously unplug it when installing lol.
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    Cory, which system did you get with the built in PhysX physics accelerator? I had heard mixed reviews on that, but I'm not a gamer, so it's just hearsay from friends. They have them in PCI and probably PCIe. What games are you running that would use a physics accelerator?
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    this one uses pci...

    BFG Tech BFGRPHYSX128P PhysX Processing Unit 128MB GDDR3 PCI Physics Card - Retail

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    A Physics Card (PPU) works in conjunction with a video or graphics card. You need an empty PCI 2.0 slot. It kinda helps your video card but it's so new that it only currently supports 3 or 4 games. Personally I would wait and see how this thing performs in the real world of gaming and see what the reviewers think about it after it gets its driver issues squared away etc. Price around $250.

    May 08, 2006 Kind of dated info.

    Without question, one of the hottest topics throughout the industry this year has been the advent of the discrete physics processor or "PPU" (Physics Processing Unit). Developed by a new startup company called Ageia, this new physics processor gives game developers the opportunity to create entirely new game-play characteristics that were not considered possible using standard hardware. Since its original inception, both CPU and GPU vendors have come to the spotlight to showcase the ability to process physics on their respective hardware. However, the Ageia PhysX PPU is the only viable solution which is readily available to consumers.

    http://www.hothardware.com/viewartic...?articleid=816

    Here are the 3-4 games it currently supports.....

    The short list consists of City of Villains, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, and Bet on Soldier: Blood Sport.

    ....and those it's supposed to support this coming Spring. And then others in the more distant future.




    Here are the minimum system requirements that you need:

    Minimum System Requirements

    CPU running at 1.4GHz or Higher
    128MB of System RAM
    Microsoft Windows XP, Home, Pro, or Media Center
    CD or DVD-Rom Drive
    20MB Available Disk Space
    Minimum 300W Power Supply
    Vacant PCI 2.0 slot or higher
    Discrete Graphics Card that Supports DX9 Shader Model 2.0 or Higher
    The first surprise is with regards to the Operating System, which limited to Windows XP Pro, Home, or Media Center. Those who are using another variant of Windows or are a fan of Linux do not have any options for a discrete physics processor as there is no driver support for these operating systems at this time. The same is true for early adopters of 64-bit Windows or Mac users who have a newfound interest in PC hardware thanks to their new Intel platforms. Hopefully, Ageia will be able to quickly expand their development team so they can get the appropriate drivers out to address these various operating systems.
    It doesn't support any of the games or sims I play. Only Tiger Woods PGA Golf 04, 05 and 06 and my most played or simmed combat flight simulator Lock On: Modern Air Combat (LO:MAC)... well the advanced version Flaming Cliffs v.1.2A. And MS' Combat Flight Simulator 3. I've got SLI anyway and there's no mention of whether it supports it or not.

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    Oh, this looks better....

    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/09..._nvidia_beans/
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    Awesome thanks for the info guys...

    I didn't buy a system with a physics card in the future I said it looks like a possiblity, i think dell was selling one with quad 7800 graphics cards, a phyhsics card, and god knows how much ram/harddrive space but the whole system cost around $10,000

    That was about a year ago i think and it made me wonder how important physics cards are for gaming when it already looks so awesome.

    Thats interesting vanguard is going to support it, that game is a mess i was beta testing for it, i still have an account but it ended up quitting due to the high level of suck.
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    just FYI, not many games can use physics cards yet, and most wont for a looong time.

    im beta testing vanguard right now, release due jan29th. keep in mind beta for every game is alot of suck.
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