PhysX is no doubt a cool technology and as we see more and more games make use of it, why wouldn't you want to use it? - The problem at the moment for NVIDIA is that no one with a high end ATI card is going to move over to a high end NVIDIA one. At the same time, if people want the fastest single card on the market, you can't look past the HD 5970.
PhysX for most people isn't going to be a big enough swaying point to pick one brand over another. Yes, the list of games that support the technology is big, but once you cut that list down to games you want to play and then cut that list down to ones that actually play better with PhysX, you're not going to have a large list of titles in front of you.
On the other hand, if you're using a HD 5800 or HD 5900 series card and for a few hundred dollars could add PhysX ability, the option becomes quite attractive. I could easily see people picking up a GTX 465 to go alongside a HD 5800 series like we have here today.
The good news is that these beta drivers aren't going to be hard to get a hold of and since they're part of the latest series and driver updates for NVIDIA aren't very regular, buying a cheap second hand GTX 200 series card or using one you may have lying around could be a good option for experiencing PhysX.
A GTX 465 over a GTX 260, while adding more performance, doesn't really add loads, so it's probably not warranted picking one up while the technology isn't officially going to be supported by NVIDIA.
In saying that, though, if NVIDIA did decide to support the technology long term, like I personally think they should, then I would suggest getting something like the GTX 465 which is going to handle more intensive PhysX better and if Mafia II is anything too go by, it's the perfect reason or excuse to nab an NV card to go along side your ATI one.
We have to wonder if the inclusion of PhysX support with an ATI card present was a mistake or if NVIDIA did it on purpose to see what kind of attention it would get. If it was done on purpose, then hello NVIDIA, offer it already!
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Setting up PhysX on ATI]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Darkest of Days]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Super Meat Boy is a success on Switch
- Final Fantasy XV on PC will support mods
- Final Fantasy XV PC specs, release date announced
- Co-op platformer Super Chariot coming to the Nintendo Switch
- SEGA launch mystery game reveal countdown website
- Which one is Best laptop in my Budget
- ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 major problems starting screen flickers > Freezes up win 10
- Phison E8 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Preview
- Bios Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming test 8700K
- Which chip Is my main bios chip ( Gigabyte P17F Notebook )
- Toshiba Memory America Unveils UFS Devices Utilizing 64-Layer, 3D Flash Memory
- ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series Gaming Graphics Cards
- ASUS Announces ASUS Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit
- Colorful Announces iGame GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Vulcan X Top
- Gainward Announces its GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series