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Brent 02-15-2008 04:58 PM

Geforce 8 Cards To Be Physx Enabled
GeForce 8 Cards to Gain PhysX Engine Support - Shacknews - PC Games, PlayStation, Xbox 360 and Wii video game news, previews and downloads


Hardware manufacturer Nvidia, which just purchased physics technology developer AGEIA, is porting AGEIA's PhysX engine software to run on its GeForce 8 cards, according to The Tech Report.

During a financial call, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hseun Huang revealed that the ported engine will bring enhanced physics capabilities to all of the company's existing GeForce 8 cards, as it will be programmed in CUDA.

"Finally [developers are] able to get a physics engine accelerated into a very large population of gamers," explained Huang. "[It's] just gonna be a software download. Every single GPU that is CUDA-enabled will be able to run the physics engine when it comes...Every one of our GeForce 8-series GPUs runs CUDA."

At the time of the AGEIA purchase, Nvidia noted its intent to integrate PhysX support into its products, but did not specify any details. In light of today's revelation, Huang expects to see increased sales of the Nvidia cards, especially to those equipped with SLI slots.

"It might, and probably will, encourage people to buy a second GPU for their SLI slot," he said. "And for the highest-end gamer, it will encourage them to buy three GPUs. Potentially two for graphics and one for physics, or one for graphics and two for physics."
This should help games like Crysis out greatly

wiarumas 02-15-2008 05:08 PM

Re: Geforce 8 Cards To Be Physx Enabled
awesome. sounds like a huge step forward.

SpectorV 02-15-2008 08:31 PM

Re: Geforce 8 Cards To Be Physx Enabled

Thomas91169 02-16-2008 02:12 AM

Re: Geforce 8 Cards To Be Physx Enabled

i always figured with buying out Ageia they would incorporate a PhysX processor onto the actual card itself, not just software. was thinking we would see this in the new 8 series but once i saw the 8 series i figured they would do it with the 9 series.

dunno, it will suck if with one card you have to sacrafice graphics for a bit more physics. then again after playing Crysis i dont think physics are an issue when a tank magically flips over and starts floating away...........i think thats a scripting/coding/engine issue.

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