Asus 128mb PhysX Card Review/Preview

Conclusion

Does PhysX affect my Frames per second?


Well the simple answer would have to be: Yes. with all the extra particle effects and pixels flying around the screen FPS is bound to be affected. But then with the amazingly fast increase in power of graphics cards and the approach of DX10 I cannot see this being a particular problem.

More than likely if you've shelled out the extra £200 for the PhysX card then your system will be able to handle gaming. I played Cell Factor at 1600 x 1200 and G.R.A.W. at 1920 x 1200 and the FPS was certainly fine - on a single 7900GTX.

Those of your with top-spec Crossfire and/or top-spec SLI will have NO worries running the games that I have mentioned at ultra high res.

Conclusion

Is it worth buying a PhysX just for G.R.A.W.? No I can honestly say it is not quite worth it. Is it worth buying a PhysX for G.R.A.W. and Cell factor?...yes.

If the games that are due to come out using PhysX are as good as Cell Factor is with it's interactivity and physics effects then I have to say that it WILL be worth buying a PhysX card. I have great faith in Epic Games to produce the "killer app" in Unreal Tournament 2007 and if this turns out to really utilise PhysX then this card will be a must buy for gamers.

This card is currently on sale at Specialtech for £179.85 inc VAT

If the future has more physics of the kind that Cell Factor shows us then PhysX is a very nice piece of hardware indeed.

I am going to give PhysX 8/10 with current games

reviewed

And an innovation award with hope for the future.

innovation

Pro's

+ Awesome interactivity with environments
+ Amazing physics effects
+ Very real object manipulation
+ Fun
+ UT2K7 supports PhysX

Con's

- No "killer app" as of yet
- G.R.A.W. slightly disappointing
- A bit of a waiting game for AAA titles.

Thanks to Specialtech for providing the card for review

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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

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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
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