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GeForce 8 Series to get PhysX

The Tech Report has some skinny from NVIDIA about their plans for PhysX following their acquisition of AGEIA (story) that were revealed in a Q&A that followed their fourth-quarter financial results conference call. It sounds like speculation that there will be no more dedicated PhysX cards is accurate, but NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says the PhysX engine will be ported to CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) which will allow it to be run on GeForce 8 cards:

We're working toward the physics-engine-to-CUDA port as we speak. And we intend to throw a lot of resources at it. You know, I wouldn't be surprised if it helps our GPU sales even in advance of [the port's completion]. The reason is, [it's] just gonna be a software download. Every single GPU that is CUDA-enabled will be able to run the physics engine when it comes. . . . Every one of our GeForce 8-series GPUs runs CUDA.

Our expectation is that this is gonna encourage people to buy even better GPUs. It might—and probably will—encourage people to buy a second GPU for their SLI slot. And for the highest-end gamer, it will encourage them to buy three GPUs. Potentially two for graphics and one for physics, or one for graphics and two for physics.

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22. Re: this is hell Feb 14, 2008, 14:34 vacs
 
1. using CUDA for this could have been done by an open source project, no need to buy ageia

yes, but there is no open source project available, so nvidia needed a different solution.

One would have been to develop their own physics API but why spend millions and many, many months to develop yet another physics API which no one will use when you can simply buy the second best physics system available which is at the same time widely used and definitely a nicely, engineered API.


2. a dedicated PPU will always be better than CUDA

Why should a dedicated PPU always be always better than a GPGPU? The times of dedicated hardware are coming slowly to an end if you haven't noticed.

I really don't see why one should invest extra money to buy an additional card which needs yet another slot and requires even more drivers, only to get support for something which could have been included right out of the box with your GPGPU.

What's the benefit of a dedicated PPU for the end-user in contrast to the manufacturer which can sell you another nice piece of hardware for extra money?


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