ATI Radeon HD 5870 & 5970 with NVIDIA PhysX Review

Posted on 2010-06-11 15:53:38 by Thomas De Maesschalck

If you haven't heard already, the 257.15 Beta ForceWare driver set from NVIDIA accidently had the ability for ATI users to again use an NVIDIA card as a second to do PhysX. The whole ordeal created a bit of drama around the web; as soon as it was discovered by NVIDIA they yanked the driver and put another one up that disabled the ability.

After a bit of uproar, they put it back up but said that it wouldn't be included in future drivers; they kind of dribbled on about how it's expensive to maintain it for ATI cards. It sounds like a load of crap to be honest, because it's been disabled for ages. We're sure in the last few months they've done nothing and all of a sudden it was slipped in and working fine on ATI cards. I don't know what NVIDIA have against making money, but the whole thing sounds stupid.

Link: TweakTown

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Re: ATI Radeon HD 5870 & 5970 with NVIDIA PhysX
by Anonymous on Friday, June 11 2010 @ 20:31 CEST
Nvidia is being ridiculous and choking their own market at the same time. Almost no one buys a Nvidia card because of Physx. The effects are minimal at best, and hardly worth it. But by opening it up to run on all cards they'd at least encourage developers to get more creative with the product and perhaps make it more appealing.

That's all water under the bridge because that's not what they did. And if Nvidia does it now, it will probably not save their product because physics calcs in DX11 will be a more popular route to go because it covers all cards. Nvidia should have learned this long ago, but failed.