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ATOJAR
02-15-08, 09:00 PM
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced today that all GeForce 8 graphics cards will soon be able to run PhysX.

The revelation was made during a Q and A session following Nvidia's fourth-quarter financial results conference call.

Huang revealed that Nvidia is currently working on porting PhysX to CUDA. CUDA, short for Compute Unified Device Architecture, is an application programming interface created by Nvidia to let programmers write general-purpose applications which would run on GPU.
All existing GeForce 8 cards support CUDA and, according to Nvidia's CEO, will be able to run PhysX once the porting is complete.

"We're working toward the physics-engine-to-CUDA port as we speak. And we intend to throw a lot of resources at it. You know, I wouldn't be surprised if it helps our GPU sales even in advance of [the port's completion]. The reason is, [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", said Jen-Hsun Huang. "Every one of our GeForce 8-series GPUs runs CUDA"

"Our expectation is that this is gonna encourage people to buy even better GPUs. It might-and probably will-encourage people to buy a second GPU for their SLI slot. 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."

Mr. Huang refused to chart out a specific release date for the first PhysX port.

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ChaoticNick
02-15-08, 09:28 PM
There's a thread already about this, http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=108091

but I think yours is in the correct section.

$n][pErMan
02-15-08, 09:33 PM
This 8800GTX of mine might take the spot of the best video card I ever bought from my old trusty 6800GT which lasted me 2 years :)

XDanger
02-17-08, 04:58 PM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140315
I can have a physx on my 4xspeed pci-e slot now with a 8400?

That would be a bargain.

Lenin
02-17-08, 08:25 PM
[pErMan']This 8800GTX of mine might take the spot of the best video card I ever bought :)
Yes, it's still going strong :D
I always was angry because you had to install this PhysX proggie for many games even if you don't have a PhysX card, but since we're now getting it for free, I won't complain :captnkill:

XDanger
02-18-08, 08:36 AM
I don't quite understand though, I have no problem pummeling that rubber cow even without a physx card.
Cant one of the cores just handle all that?

jcrox
02-18-08, 08:42 AM
I don't quite understand though, I have no problem pummeling that rubber cow even without a physx card.
Cant one of the cores just handle all that?

I really wish the gaming industry would take it upon itself to come up with a standard for this. ATI and nVidia just convolute the situation and the addition of Intel's discrete graphics cards after having bought Havok is just going to make matters worse. :thumbdwn:

Kemo
02-20-08, 04:23 PM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140315
I can have a physx on my 4xspeed pci-e slot now with a 8400?

That would be a bargain.

That's right and you will now be able to predict weather and calculate celestial planetary collisions on your PC. Might turn into Weird Science.

Zapablast05
02-20-08, 08:10 PM
When Nvidia bought out Ageia, they did announce that the cards will support PhysX, but it will be built into the card. There won't have to be a separate card, it's built in.

sytaylor
02-20-08, 08:11 PM
Is it me, or is the GPU becoming more of a specialist heavy duty number crunching RISC PU?