Intel to Wreak Havok

Intel to buy Irish game software tools firm reports that Intel is purchasing Havok, the creator of physics software used in both games and movies (thanks Mike Martinez). Word is the Dublin-based company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, and that they will continue to operate independently.
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Re: go physics! :)
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Re: go physics! :) Sep 15, 2007, 23:32
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this is great news for intel owners - especially those with dual or quad core cpu's. Finally those spare cores might actually be used the way they should - for physics calculations, so there will be no need to by a physX card with costs double to price of a quad core processor anyway.

1. Intel buying Havoc doesn't magically make games support multiple cores; it will still fall upon the game developers to ensure the game supports multithreading. Additionally, games such as Supreme Commander already offload physics onto a second core, which to the best of my knowledge was not influenced by intel (not that Supreme Commander even uses Havoc).

2. I don't know where you price shop, but you've either found an amazing deal on a Core2 Quad or a horrible deal on a PhysX card. Newegg has 2 PhysX cards, one for $130 and one for $142. The cheapest quad core is $280.

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