AMD Announces Open Physics Initiative

"AMD have joined forces with Pixelux Entertainment to introduce an open physics initiative. "

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AMD's Open Physics Initiative
 
AMD have joined forces with Pixelux Entertainments to expand the use of real-time physics with graphics through the open source Bullet Physics engine. Since Nvidia bought Ageia technology in 2008, PhysX has been exclusive to Nvidia cards and with many developers having spoke about the need for an open source physics engine that can be used on any GPU. This led to AMD signing a deal with Pixelux to try and create a widespread adoption of game physics on not only AMD and Nvidia hardware but consoles and other gaming hardware too, by using standards such as OpenCL and DirectX . This will finally bring high level physics and simulation to the mainstream as more developers will cater for it.
 
Pixelux's Bullet Physics is currently the third most popular physics engine, behind PhysX and Havok. Nobody is certain on how Bullet's features stack up against the competition, but it is the preferred library in the CGI industry for movies, meaning it must be pretty special. This announcement will no doubt please the end user and worry Nvidia, they won't be the sold players in the industry any more and with AMD's popularity growing daily, this could be a very interesting time for the consumer as the pair battle it out.
 
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23-09-2009, 05:52:03

tinytomlogan
Ill happily stay with a pair of 4890's for now I think.

23-09-2009, 05:56:50

Mul.
I would expect those prices to drop a little in the coming few weeks. At £300, it's not a particularly bad buy but it isn't boasting the same value for money as previously expected. I would like to see some focus on the HD 5850 actually as it's £100 cheaper for reduced clocks and slightly less shaders. Our brief tests showed the 5870 taking out the GTX 285 but what if the HD 5850 can keep up or even beat it for less?

23-09-2009, 06:56:41

Rastalovich
The prices are bound to be hiked on initial release. Or atleast, as with nVidia, they would build up expectation, flood u with unbelievable benchmarks, jack up the price, then sell out on release.

Couple of weeks later they tack off £40 or so.

One thing u won't see tho are tales of AMD slashing prices in fear of nVidia's forth-coming cards. When it's nVidia cutting prices after release (which they've always done), they're mysteriously on the run and making cuts to boost sales. :rolleyes:

23-09-2009, 06:57:02

I Hunta x

I would expect those prices to drop a little in the coming few weeks. At £300, it's not a particularly bad buy but it isn't boasting the same value for money as previously expected. I would like to see some focus on the HD 5850 actually as it's £100 cheaper for reduced clocks and slightly less shaders. Our brief tests showed the 5870 taking out the GTX 285 but what if the HD 5850 can keep up or even beat it for less?



mega clocking?

28-09-2009, 19:57:04

Nelly
Looking forward to the Sapphire 5890 Vapor-X 1024MB when its released, that will be my next card I think. :)

29-09-2009, 11:19:47

painejake
Must admit that Powercolor 5850 does look rather tempting....

30-09-2009, 06:08:54

Rastalovich
It should be considered also, thinking of games to-be released in the future maybe, that afaic:

xx50 - mid range
xx70 - mid to high
xx90 - high to extreme
xxxx x2 - extreme to speculative, depending on title.

Just bear in mind that buying an xx50 card today that plays games from the last year or b4 really well, won't necessarily stand up well to Crysis4: Death Of The Vga.

30-09-2009, 06:17:03

VonBlade
True. But considering that Crytek have yet to make a good game, who would care??

Far Cry. Brilliant premise, fantastic scenery. Halfway it became a grey corridor game, the AI took a million bullets and degenerated into mutant guff.
Crysis. Brilliant premise, fantastic scenery. Halfway it became a white icy game, the AI took a million bullets and it degenerated into alien guff.

So, personally, they might as well just release a benchmark based tech demo and be done with it.
VB

30-09-2009, 06:35:46

Rastalovich
I just figured <insert random game coming out> was a bit long.

Whether it's crappy, but used as a pinnacle by a massive amount of people is neither here nor there.

CoD6: Random Title 4TW, would have done.

06-10-2009, 21:51:38

joebuck3t
cant wait to see benchmark tests on the 5870x2
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