Asus 128mb PhysX Card Review/Preview

Introduction and packaging

Introduction

When Agiea released information about their PPU's (Physics processing Unit): there was much excitement in the tech and gaming world. Was this to be the next revolutionary thing in gaming?

We're going to take a look at an Ageia card made by Asus and see what all the fuss is about, whether PhysX is all what it promises and whether this will be able to develop into something big in the future.

This is a Review AND Preview. I am saying this as I have a retail packaged Ageia card in my hands but I feel that this technology is slightly in its infancy and needs to have more games out before I make a "final" judgement. This is not to say that there aren't reasons for and against I would just like to make it clear how I see this article.

Packaging

Asus have packaged up the card very nicely. The main packaging is good with a definite bow to the physics aspect of the card and a pretty cool inside sleeve type box that gives more info about the card. The information on the card is explained pretty well although this is definitely a "new" thing and so harder to get specs comparable to other products easy for the customer to interpret.

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ageia physx

agiea physx

Inside we can see that Asus have bundled this up nice and tight with separate compartments for the card and the extra's. This is one PhysX card that will not be getting damaged in transit unless your postman thrown it out the van on the way past!

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Top marks to Asus so far

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Most Recent Comments

11-07-2006, 09:42:46

FarFarAway
We have the card you're all trying to win! We see if it's really worth buying into Physics technology

Click here for the full reviewQuote

11-07-2006, 09:49:47

Dav0s
w00t, been waiting for this, lemme have a read Quote

11-07-2006, 10:01:22

Raging
sweet reveiw

those physics look muchos tasty

can i ask a favour though?

would you mind checking if the card has the following ram chips on it?

and how many it has.

"Samsung K4J52324QC-BC20 16 Mbit x 32 GDDR3 500 MHz FBGA 136 M54P"

cheers.Quote

11-07-2006, 10:08:55

FarFarAway
May I ask why? Pretty sure it has those chips on it but why?Quote

11-07-2006, 10:09:37

Dav0s
nice review...didnt realise they were that expensive tho!Quote

11-07-2006, 10:14:52

masterblaster
best review I've seen for ages.

well doneQuote

11-07-2006, 10:24:33

Raging
because it may infact have 256mb of memory and not 128mb

please check?:eyes: hehe

cheers J.Quote

11-07-2006, 10:27:38

masterblaster
probably because it is 256mb but Aegis had some UK exclusive agreement on the chipset so they had to advertise it as 128mb to avoid being sued.

or so I'm toldQuote

11-07-2006, 10:29:02

Dav0s
thats why kemp Quote

11-07-2006, 10:30:20

FarFarAway
OK

Lemme switch off and yank it out then Quote

11-07-2006, 10:37:00

JN
Yeah thats what i heard from somewhere too Quote

11-07-2006, 10:45:37

Raging
indeed it is ,and thx in advance for checkingQuote

11-07-2006, 11:02:15

FarFarAway

11-07-2006, 11:07:22

Raging


shame on ocuk though,they claim on their forums that they had the only 256mb ones because of a deal with asus,thats bad.

nice to see the addition about the ram chips on the reveiw-again a great reveiw matt

so it looks like all the asus physx cards are 256mb

now a 256mb physx card,graw and all those other extras is pretty good for the price now

cheers.Quote

11-07-2006, 11:48:26

FarFarAway
So....4 x 32mb = 256??

How does that work?

Their single sided DIMMsQuote

11-07-2006, 11:54:42

|3ourne
bloody nice review mate. Still doesnt seem like it deserves me money just yet. Im waiting for ATI's physix solution .Quote

11-07-2006, 12:04:02

Raging
my mistake...oh well maybe they might have the only 256mb ones

are you sure though because the pics of ocuk ones has four and looks the same:eh:Quote

11-07-2006, 13:05:58

FragTek
so does this mean that the card we are giving away is possibly a 256 rather than a 128 then?

ill check out the review when I get home, looks intense mate!Quote

11-07-2006, 13:29:31

glocktodahead
That was a very well done review Matt. I am going to hold off purchasing one until Unreal Tournament 2007 comes out because if that game utilizes the physX card fully then I will definately go out and buy one Lets hope new games continue to come out with support for them. I can just imagine how sweet games are going to look with DirectX10, PhysX capability and a sweet graphics card.Quote

12-07-2006, 08:19:51

PV5150
w00tage, awesome review Kemp I just wanted to ask a couple of questions if I may:

1)Do you believe that the PhysX card will add another level to future game immersion?

2)Did you find the game physics realistic enough; was it just as easy to throw a large object, as a small object?

3)Does the debris stay around where it fell after an explosion (like it should), or does it fade away like most 'console' games do?Quote

12-07-2006, 08:35:23

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by PV5150
w00tage, awesome review Kemp I just wanted to ask a couple of questions if I may:

1)Do you believe that the PhysX card will add another level to future game immersion?
Yep I sure do if devs can implement it like it is in Cell Factor...and thanks

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
2)Did you find the game physics realistic enough; was it just as easy to throw a large object, as a small object?
Physics are incredibly realistic and they interact as it seems they should do in real life as regards size/shape and weight

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
3)Does the debris stay around where it fell after an explosion (like it should), or does it fade away like most 'console' games do?
G.R.A.W. does not stay as stated but Cell factor the bigger parts stayed and general debris did too. Some did disappear but I imagine this would be due to an efficiency Algorithm on the PPU so that the GPU doesn't have too many game "objects" to rendor (which would reduce framerates to unplayable levels)

All answered? Quote

12-07-2006, 08:39:16

PV5150
Excellent mate...thank you. Soz I must have missed where you stated in the review, my badQuote

12-07-2006, 11:41:06

FragTek
Just got done reading the review and damn Kemp! That is a wicked little addition. If I still had a gaming computer you can bet the bank I'd have a PhysX card in it.

Absolutely killer review too mate, very well put together. A+ Quote

03-09-2013, 16:40:53

T3chwarri0r
I just read ur review but there are no more pics in it its all empty. I wannted to time travel and see what PhisX was about in 2006. Do you have these images still somewhere?Quote

03-09-2013, 19:36:57

jamesriley94
Quote:
Originally Posted by T3chwarri0r View Post
I just read ur review but there are no more pics in it its all empty. I wannted to time travel and see what PhisX was about in 2006. Do you have these images still somewhere?
Bumping a thread from 2006 for that?

It's not unusual for images to disappear over such a long time.

Nobody who's posted in this thread is still around on the forums today - so I highly doubt your question will be answered.Quote

04-09-2013, 03:57:20

SuB
lol Holy Necro Post batman! That said, I still have a PhysX card lying about somewhere and from what I remember they are still better than using a GPU. Mental little things.Quote

04-09-2013, 04:10:23

ObscureParadox
Mother of all necro bump XDQuote
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