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Old 06-17-10, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Best PhysX card

I was doing some research, and I came across this info from another site:

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9600gt - minimum suggested
9800gt - good price/ performance
gts250 - solid pick for somewhat better performance but only if cost over above is marginal
gtx260/275 - money is no object
gtx285 - only if you find a ridiculously good deal

so anything in terms of most "cost-effective" would be in the 9600gt-9800gt-gts250 category. so look for the best deal you can find. ebay works.
I tend to agree with this post. What do you guys think? Agree? Disagree?
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Old 06-17-10, 12:56 PM   #2
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I'm a strong advocate of the 9800 GT. The GTS 250 would be a good choice as well, and for the reason listed in your quote - it's worth it if the cost is minimal over the 9800.

Newegg has the BFG 9800 GT for $80 with free shipping. Nice thing about this one is that it doesn't require external power.
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Old 06-17-10, 01:12 PM   #3
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I was doing some research, and I came across this info from another site:



I tend to agree with this post. What do you guys think? Agree? Disagree?
I agree with that too.

Which is why I'm running a low profile GTS 250 that I got a good deal on.
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Old 06-17-10, 01:19 PM   #4
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I agree with that too.

Which is why I'm running a low profile GTS 250 that I got a good deal on.
Can you elaborate on your deal? I am thinking of getting another card for physX just so I can use another pcie slot instead of the one right next to my primary PCIe slot...
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I think you should get the 275
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I use a GT-240. Don't have anything to compare it too but it made a noticeable difference when I installed it.
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Hey Doc I don’t know if a dedicated PhysX card is worth it honestly, if you dig Batman, Mirrors Edge or the few other Physx titles it has a nice gain, but the gtx480 is a monster and can handle both duties well.....

I have done a few of these test with an 9800gt I have laying around here and in my discoveries I have yet to find a compelling reason for an add on PhysX card if using a high-end card like a 285 and up.

For example I had played the demo of Batman it was a nice gain, but on the free coupon code i had for Cryostasis in my short time with the game (Hated the pace) the couple of frame gains was not worth the added heat and power consumption IMHO. But if you want to experiment then use a 9800gt as a minimum with an GTX480.
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Can you elaborate on your deal? I am thinking of getting another card for physX just so I can use another pcie slot instead of the one right next to my primary PCIe slot...
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I noticed the GT 240 can overclock a little bit and improve its physx performance a decent amount. I'm sure it's not as good as a GTS 250 but pretty decent. It gets about the same physx performance in fluidmark as an 8800. Core clock 610 Mhz Shader 1480 Mhz (default 550/1340) changing the clock of the memory doesn't affect anything.
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I noticed the GT 240 can overclock a little bit and improve its physx performance a decent amount. I'm sure it's not as good as a GTS 250 but pretty decent. It gets about the same physx performance in fluidmark as an 8800. Core clock 610 Mhz Shader 1480 Mhz (default 550/1340) changing the clock of the memory doesn't affect anything.
I'm using a GT-240 Superclocked. Never tried OC anymore than the factory setting. I will try it tonight. Let you guys know if there is any difference.
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Doc, you're spot-on with your assessment. The 9800 range is a sweet spot as is the 8800 ultra / GTX / GTS / GT range.

In games its hard to see much performance gain over a 9600 with physx. However, you'll still see almost a linear increase in CUDA applications so it still may be worth it to consider a slightly beefier card..... but also take into consideration that most CUDA applications are poorly written and only see a CUDA device, not multiple so it'd default to your main video card anyway.
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