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: Phew
Sep 16, 2007, 22:05
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Re: Phew Sep 16, 2007, 22:05
Sep 16, 2007, 22:05
 
what do you base that on? its intel not M$ taking them over

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Phew
Sep 16, 2007, 18:15
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Phew Sep 16, 2007, 18:15
Sep 16, 2007, 18:15
 
At least they will continue to operate independently. If Intel started getting really involved, Havok would turn to shit.

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Re: go physics! :)
Sep 16, 2007, 10:04
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Re: go physics! :) Sep 16, 2007, 10:04
Sep 16, 2007, 10:04
 
Yeah, I don't know how you can compare them. Everyone needs a CPU. Even though I liked the idea of dedicated physics, the PhysX card will never take off. A havoc chipset on Intel MBs is even less likely to happen than decent integrated graphics, just because of added cost per MB.

Personally, I'd rather see an option to dedicate a core to physics rather than a separate card or making more use of an already taxed graphics card. Intel buying Havok makes that more likely to happen.

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Re: go physics! :)
Sep 16, 2007, 09:58
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Re: go physics! :) Sep 16, 2007, 09:58
Sep 16, 2007, 09:58
 
Yeah, but you need a processor when building a new PC, you don't need a PhysX card....

Not quite the same.

Very true. I was really just pointing out that a PhysX card isn't twice the cost of a quad core processor. As to if the PhysX card is worth even $130, I've never seen one in action to judge.

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Re: go physics! :)
Sep 16, 2007, 00:49
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Re: go physics! :) Sep 16, 2007, 00:49
Sep 16, 2007, 00:49
 
Newegg has 2 PhysX cards, one for $130 and one for $142. The cheapest quad core is $280.

Yeah, but you need a processor when building a new PC, you don't need a PhysX card....

Not quite the same.

Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

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Re: go physics! :)
Sep 15, 2007, 23:32
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Re: go physics! :) Sep 15, 2007, 23:32
Sep 15, 2007, 23:32
 
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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Re: go physics! :)
Sep 15, 2007, 23:17
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Re: go physics! :) Sep 15, 2007, 23:17
Sep 15, 2007, 23:17
 
What ever happened to 64 bit?
That's a good question.
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No subject
Sep 15, 2007, 20:04
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Sep 15, 2007, 20:04
 
Just be glad it wasn't Microsoft.

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go physics! :)
Sep 15, 2007, 19:04
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go physics! :) Sep 15, 2007, 19:04
Sep 15, 2007, 19:04
 
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.

_________________________________________________
NO COOP = NO PURCHASE
NO MULTICORE SUPPORT = NO BUY
CRITICAL PATCH released within 2 weeks = RETURN TO STORE
What ever happened to 64 bit?
_________________________________________________
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"Money doesn't exist in the 24th century, the acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity." - Jean-Luc Picard
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will AMD buy AGEA?
Sep 15, 2007, 19:02
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will AMD buy AGEA? Sep 15, 2007, 19:02
Sep 15, 2007, 19:02
 
hmm...

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Nice work
Sep 15, 2007, 16:39
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Sep 15, 2007, 16:39
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Sep 15, 2007, 16:37
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Sep 15, 2007, 16:37
 
No worries, I heard AMD is gonna purchase Intel!

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Maybe Intel wants to buy nVidia. That'd be super ah? Even LESS choice and competition!

Seriously, I don't know why they are making the movie either. But yea if it's to make it so that AMD's graphics cards can't use havok physics built in (nVidia has been planning on having hardware on their next gen cards specifically to support havok physics for a while now,) then that's a stupid reason. Though I wouldn't put it passed them.

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Sep 15, 2007, 15:21
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Sep 15, 2007, 15:21
 
Seems like an odd purchase on intel's part. They must be planning on somehow making AMD's processors run Havok really poorly, because I can't see any other reason they would have any interest in this company. It's not as if Intel makes games or movies.

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Sep 15, 2007, 15:17
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Havok chips coming to a Mobo near you!


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When was the last time a great independent piece of software used by many different companies, and then got eaten by a mega-corp, a good thing?

Thats the last thing we need, more of these 'near monopoly' companies buying every fantastic little company up, so that we have less choice.

I can see it a year from now 'Havok physics, now for Intel processors and video cards only.'

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that cant be good can it?

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