BFG Ageia PhysX review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 09/26/2006 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
The BFG Bundle
BFG time ! Okay first off, that's cool packaging. Once opening the box you'll see your standard share of accessories. Next to the card itself you'll receive a power cable splitter, a driver CD, a demo CD, and a quick install guide.
BFG as always needs to live up to it's reputation, and therefore you'll receive a life-time warranty on the card with 24/7 technical support. Great stuff. What was disappointing is that not one game has been included that supports PPU acceleration. That is not a good idea, not even a game-demo in the form of CellFactor or a PPU enhanced version of Bet on Soldier or something.
Operating Systems: I need to address this as you are limited. Windows XP Pro, Home, or Media Center ... that's what you can use. If you use another variant of Windows or even Linux then you are in bad luck as there's currently no driver support for them at the time of writing.
It's also very important to know that there is a second important requirement, you need to have a graphics card that fully supports DX9 and Shader Model 2.0 or higher.
Let's examine some photo's.
The Physics card as presented comes with 128 MB (128-bit) gDDR3 memory. Initially there were 256Mb models planned but it just made no difference other then the price being driven up so that was scrapped.
It was March 2005 when Guru3D.com heard that there might be a new contender in the graphics cards arena. The rumors surrounding the company Ageia hinted that they were to be responsible for the second '3dfx' like graphics revolution for PC games by releasing what they called the PhysX, PPU (Physics Processing Unit). According to AGEIA, things don't just look authentic; they act real and feel real. Massively destructible buildings and landscapes; explosions that cause collateral damage; believable characters with spectacular new weapons; pragmatic smoke, fog and cool oozing fluids are all now possible.