Recent news coming from NGOHQ
website with statement 'performance on non-Cuda cards got dropped even further
(from 20 fps to 5 fps [Mirror's Edge]) in the recent PhysX software
' have forced us to perform more detailed testing procedures, to discover how actually valid such claims are.
In following article we are comparing both GPU and CPU
performance of PhysX effects, using most recent PhysX System Software 9.10.0222
(blamed for 'ruining game experience'), previous 9.10.0129
version and several games ' Mirror's Edge 1.01
and Cryostasis Tech Demo
System: C2Q 9400 @2.66 GHz CPU, GTX 275 GPU, 4GB RAM, Windows 7 Professional x64
Standart 'Flight Fly By' sequence was used (can be activated by '- FlightbyFlight' parameter), in-game setting; 1680Ã?1050, all high, 4xAA. Framerate measured by FRAPS 3.0.1.
As you may see, there is almost no difference
in PhysX performance with different System Software versions. Moreover, our framerate pattern correlates with early benchmarks, published more than a year ago, like Overclockers Club
or Tech Report.
CRYOSTASIS TECH DEMO
(click to view). Framerate measured by internal benchmark system.
Again, framerate with 9.10.0222 and 9.10.0129 drivers is equal
. CPU PhysX performance is similar to other tests
according to our tests, there is no difference
in performance between 9.10.0222
System Software, either for CPU or GPU calculations. We can not also verify any performance degradation compared to previous benchmarking results.
Thus, we see two explanations of original statement:
1) Performance impairment really does exist, but does occur only when non-Nvidia GPU is spotted in the system.
2) Mr. Eran 'Regeneration' Badit has provided not very accurate information, either without malicious intent or with it.