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News Nvidia finalises Ageia deal, details future plans

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 14 Feb 2008.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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    Bladestorm New Member

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    If they really can take PhysX and enable it on geforce 8 series graphics cards, then presumably when people upgrade to new ones they can use the old one as a PhysX processors ? That might stand a chance of actually making it mainstream.

    Still, for myself I have yet to buy an 8-series at all and if I did buy a second one for SLI, I'd think I'd still be using it for graphics, not for physics ;)
     
  3. Joeymac

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    All sounds nice.... but until an actual game is made which benefits from insane physics requirements... like a city being completely destructible or something like that. No one is going to bite.
    What they need is a game where you can shoot a wall with your mini gun and punch a hole in it (or even hack away at the cement between bricks and pop a few out.. make the hole too big and the floor above might fall on you.. or bring the building down. Then use that as a gun emplacement. or sniper point. Soooooooooooo many possibilities.
     
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    [USRF]Obiwan New Member

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    10000% agree with you. If Nvidia wants to ensure their future businessmodel, they better join up with a couple of A quality game developers...

    Or ensure me that the next 2 years no new graphicscards will come out. So that I have a reason to put in some extra cards into my system. Because when the time arives to actualy place a second card into the system, there is a single next gen card out that outperform current SLI and most of the time also have more features with it.
     
  5. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    Sounds like BF3 to me.

    supposedly scheduled for release sometime toward the end of next year or early 2010.

    plenty of time for CUDA enabled Multi-card systems to penetrate more of the market.

    another project that may make a difference is the hybrid SLI and the unbalanced SLI idea (different cards, linked together, one doing physics, the other graphics)
     
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    So the 8 series cards are all CUDA enabled. Does this mean a single card will give some physics acceleration? Or do you need at least 2 cards? I was looking into a 3870 but this could sway me if it was worth it.
     
  7. zabe

    zabe Perfect in my imperfection

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    this is very good news. my modest 8600 gt may not be as mighty as a dual 8800 GTS, but still, i'll be able to see some decent physics, much better my (still respectable) core 2 duo at 2.2mhz. physics computing in a streaming processor that i already own? yay!! i love nvidia even more now...
     
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    darn was hoping to use my crappy old 7950gx2 for physx in my next PC - ah well I'll stick to xbox360 and general AV goodness for my entertainment!
     
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    it certainly needs more games that support it, i think there are only two games that support PhysX...one of them is hardly worth the purchase, and the other the PhysX stuff is essentially a mod (UT3).
    Note that this solution will be completely pointless for games like Crysis and others who have their own physics engine (or an engine that isn't PhysX). And how many studios will use the engine? If they solely use the PhysX engine, the game developers are cutting out everyone who isn't running an NVidia card, and they may not consider the extra work to write their own engine that runs on the CPU and supporting the PhysX engine worth it. Oh, and is it still being offered for free like it originally was?
     
  10. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    I think you're somewhat missing the point here. This was the problem with the dedicated PhysX cards - people wouldn't buy because there was little developed for them, and nobody would develop for them because nobody had the cards. With this solution, nVidia can enable the tech on existing GPUs with just a software patch. Suddenly, there's a large install base for this kind of thing so devs will start making use of the tech; end-users don't have to "bite" since they already have what they need.
     
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    Um, physics... how real-wold things interact... like molecules... like in proteins... like...

    FOLDING @ HOME....

    W H E N ??????
     
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    Can they do the physics and everything else on one gpu/card? If they can and it doesn't require anything on the customer end then I agree with you. But if they intend to do this to sell an extra card to get the "cool guy" results then same situation the physX card remains.... you need a couple of games first. Hardly anyone runs a sli/crossfire system and they are going to need a fair bit of tempting to want to sacrifice a whole card for physics.
    Plus whatever games they come up with are still going to need to be compatible with AMD cards. That's another stopping block... are they going to have different physics engines for both... is some one going to be able to have an AMD gpu with Nvidia physics.. hell no. So the money investment problem for the consumer remains. I can't see publishers liking the prospect of only having nvidia customers for their games.
     
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    God yes let BF3 be like this. I love that game.
     
  14. Awoken

    Awoken Gazing at the stars

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    Physics will still have a difficult birth; it is a niche product, in what is already a niche market. Until this changes (AMD aka ATI and Intel enable support for it) then it will be an add on and not really fully integrated into the game world. If it was integrated then game balance would be affected and developers would have to plan to deal with the bias otherwise games will play differently on different cards/IGPs.
    I would love to see more realistic physics and I hope it works out but I don't think I'll be seeing it in the next couple of years.
     
  15. rhuitron

    rhuitron Bump? What Bump?

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    I say again .

    HEY ATI.

    BOOOOOM. Head Shot!


    Or if you want. Boooom, Nvidia sunk your battleship.
     
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    so instead of a £100 Physics card, you need a £300 GFX card? yey?
     
  17. desertstalker

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    Maybe, but when you're not using it for a PPU it still works as a GPU.
     
  18. completemadness

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    you probably need SLI anyway to cope with the extra stuff you have to draw with physics

    So when your not using the PPU you probably have triple SLI, which doesn't really scale that well, and is somewhat pointless IMO
    id much rather have the £100 PPU rather then the GPU (and the PPU uses a lot less power)
     
  19. Icy EyeG

    Icy EyeG Controlled by Eyebrow Powers™

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    QFT!!

    I'm not a gamer, but the way I see it (and if NVidia allows PhysX to run on any CUDA-enabled card, and any motherboard with dual PEG-slot) by the time you upgrade your card to a 9-series, you can put your 8-series card to run Physics, instead of pulling it out of your PC for good. This may mean a change of the gamer's "annual upgrade roadmap". :p
     
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