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Archive for April 5th, 2011

APEX 1.1 will include APEX Turbulence, APEX 1.2 will add GPU Rigid bodies

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NVIDIA has prepared a “surprise” – fully upgraded and rewamped Developer Zone.

Among with full set of new features and content, PhysX section was renovated too (previously, certain parts were staying without update for years).

Browsing through new website, we have found some intersting data, never revealed before – for example, APEX FAQ states that:

What APEX modules are available?

APEX 1.1 will include Turbulence and APEX 1.2 will include APEX Destruction with GPU Rigid Bodies. If you are interested in Turbulence or Destruction with GPU rigid bodies, please email us at apex-beta@nvidia.com.

APEX 1.0 Beta was released to public several weeks ago.

Several updated pages we recommend you to visit:

Main PhysX page

APEX Page

APEX FAQ

Written by Zogrim

April 5th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

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How powerful must be a dedicated PhysX card ?

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Linus Tech Tips website has performed several benchmarks to find out if low-end dedicated PhysX cards are still valuable in systems with high-end graphics cards, using Mafia 2 benchmark.

8600 GTS GPU is clearly bottlenecking the whole system, resulting in lower fps than even a GTX 580, despite the fact that if single NVIDIA GPU is used in Mafia II, PhysX effects are partially running on CPU.

Cards Performance
GTX 580 + 8600 GTS 30.3 fps
GTX 580 49.7 fps
GTX 580 + GTX 580 57.5 fps
GTX 580 + GTX 550 Ti 56.6 fps
GTX 580 + GTX 560 Ti 55.3 fps

In conclusion, in case if you want to pair a dedicated PhysX card with GTX 580-class GPU, find a decent one – GTX 550 or “even something a little bit lower-end”, as author of this video recommends.

Written by Zogrim

April 5th, 2011 at 9:04 am

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