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Dark Void: benchmark and PhysX patch available

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Dark Void page at was updated with two new downloads:

Dark Void – PhysX Patch (337 mb)

GeForce users who purchased a retail (boxed) copy of Dark Void. In order to play Dark Void with enhanced PhysX features, a patch must be installed.

Dark Void – PhysX Benchmark (901 mb)

Download the Dark Void PhysX Benchmark and get a taste of this dynamic third-person shooter experience!

Important Notice: Benchmark does not include APEX Turbulence based smoke and particles, so effects amount is equal to PhysX “Low” in-game setting.

If you are insterested in full scale GPU PhysX effects overview, refer to out PhysX comparison video.

Update: Some details on CPU utilization (Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 used)

PhysX set to “Low” – calculations on CPU. Min fps – 4 | Avg fps. – 10

PhysX set to “Low” – calculations on GPU. Min fps – 57 | Avg fps. – 66

Lower overall utilization with PhysX effects calculated on CPU can be explained -  probably, because of low fps other game threads (rendering, AI, sound) are waiting for physics to catch up every frame, and aren’t using CPU to full power. Still, additional PhysX effects are calculated on one core.

Written by Zogrim

January 20th, 2010 at 8:23 am

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26 Responses to 'Dark Void: benchmark and PhysX patch available'

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  1. hey, hmm i have problem :D
    when i change PhysX in benchmark on LOW … i have fps 1,81 min and 4,47 AVG … its suck, wtf ?



    23 Jan 10 at 3:07 am

  2. i got it … i un/instelled PhysX and my results – 16,43min and 23,59AVG … really bad, 8800gt + GT240 is better =-O and settings 1280×1024 (native) and medium (no Vsync)



    23 Jan 10 at 3:29 am

  3. sry for spam :D new and last result – off Vsync …
    18,41 MIN and 25,71 AVG
    i think that buy new graphic card on PhysX :D … GT240 ? x)



    23 Jan 10 at 3:33 am

  4. GT240 will be good. :-) My results was with everything high an resolution 1920×1080.



    23 Jan 10 at 4:15 pm

  5. lol WTF ? 8800gt with GT240 is better with LOW Physx than GTX260 OC ? .. ou may gad !



    23 Jan 10 at 6:09 pm

  6. You guys just don’t get it, what’s the point of launching such an aggressive marketing campaign on a product such as Physx without expecting a huge increase in sales??? Do you think that they’ve bought Ageia just willing to contribute to the gaming community by further expanding it to not only PPU but GPU and CPU? GPU for sure because that’s what they sell, John Carmack has already stated that it is not a good approach to optimize only for GPU/PPU when the CPU technology keeps improving every day, today we have blazing fast processors that even the most demanding applications won’t take advantage of all those cores, the developers have to sweat on their code to make these babies cry otherwise it will be just a wast to adding more and more cores. Any case the point is, it’s their right to not optimize Physx for multi-core cpus, they own the product, in fact they’ve optimized for the PS3, Wii, XBOX360, but won’t do it for the PC because they can’t compete with ATI, you’ve got to agree that that’s not the way to go, not how it’s meant to be played!

    Proudly owner of an ATI HD5870. btw I also own an Ageia PPU card which now is useless because of the new driver limitations.



    24 Jan 10 at 5:36 pm

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