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Despite of being the only dedicated physics processing unit (PPU) for consumers on the market, Ageia PhysX has not become popular so far, although it has been available for about one and a half years. One of the reasons for that is relatively high price of the device and another is the lack of games that take advantage of it. On Tuesday Ageia said it would cut price of its PhysX to $99 in time for holidays.

“Just for the holidays Ageia PhysX card price has dropped. Both NewEgg and TigerDirect are running specials on the card. You can now get it for $99,” a statement by Ageia reads.

Initially Ageia along with Asustek Computer and BFG Technologies sold PhysX add-in cards with 128MB 733MHz GDDR3 memory designed for PCI bus for $299, but late last year the manufacturer suggested retail price dropped to the range of $179 - $249 along with enrichment of product bundle. The move also did not help to drive Ageia PhysX sales to high levels and now Ageia slashes the pricing of its PhysX accelerator to $99.

In addition, Ageia promised to release a special mod-kit for Unreal Tournament 3 along with two levels that feature enhanced physics effects.

Ageia’s PhysX is the world’s first physics processing unit (PPU), which offloads software physics processing from central processing units and graphics processing units to it. The architecture of the PhysX PPU is tailored for multi-threaded processing of vertexes, which allows game creators to develop detailed, soft and precise animation and simulation of movements, hair, clothing, liquids, fluids and other.

To take advantage of advanced capabilities the PhysX has, game developers have to create games using Novodex SDK supplied by Ageia, which requires some additional effort from them. According to Ageia, more than one hundred games designed for and supporting the Ageia PhysX processor are in development from over 60 software creators and publishers. However, the vast majority of Ageia PhysX-enabled games provide negligible advantages of PhysX.

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Just where on Newegg's site is a Physx card for $99?!?

I see two options, one at $129.99 and the other at $144.99....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Desc ription=physx&x=0&y=0
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Sorry, I never did believe in PhysX, and I never will.

This is something CPU\GPU's can and should be doing. What's next? Having 100 different cards to handle different types of graphical effects? Or just 1 super power card that does it all, like has been this whole time.

Especially now that we have multi core processors. With a quad core in the majority of new PC builds, game developers can now multithread games to use 1 of the 4 cores to handle all the physics.

And lets not forget that even graphic cards are going multi GPU in the future..... The small advantage that PhysX has now, will become even less over time..

100 bucks for a card? Why do I need one now? Oh wait, that's right, I don't! UT is getting kinda boring anyways, so stop talking Ageia and start showing me those killer games that are supposed to make me want one of these cards.... =D
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/21/07 11:25:55 AM]
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I would consider buying it if the software that use the API didn't require you to install a separate program to even be able to run.
I refuse to buy games that use this type of crap... as if littering the registry and profile directory to even be able to run a program isn't enough.
No Unreal 3 crap for me... no thanks.
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"install a separate program to even be able to run."

You mean like those pesky things like DirectX etc.

Just a few days left for UT3 to hit Sweden now :D
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