Thursday, October 22nd 2009

EVGA and NVIDIA Design Unique Multi-GPU Graphics Accelerator

EVGA and NVIDIA are readying a unique multi-GPU graphics accelerator this Halloween, slated for October 30. To celebrate its launch, the two have organized a launch party for 300 lucky participants who will go to the NVIDIA Plaza in Santa Clara, CA and witness the launch of the new GeForce product. The accelerator packs two GPUs: a G200b, and a G92b. That's right, a GeForce GTX 200 series GPU, with a GeForce GTS 250 GPU. This is perhaps the first graphics accelerator to pack two entirely different GPUs. How it works, however, is interesting: the G200b GPU handles graphics, while the G92b is dedicated to PhysX processing. The accelerator could have 896 MB of graphics memory, with 512 MB of dedicated memory for the PhysX GPU. You can sign up for the event here.

Source: Bright Side of News
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80 Comments on EVGA and NVIDIA Design Unique Multi-GPU Graphics Accelerator

#1
amschip
This only proves that Nvidia has no Fermi ready yet if they are desperate enough to have to waste money on product development like that. Oh my...
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#2
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
while kind of sucky, I also have to say it is kind of cool. What would be cooler maybe is to force the g92 to be used for physix and other things. Perhaps some driver can do that for them...
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
wolf said:
The ULTIMATE Nvidia fan boys card....
....is ASUS MARS dual-GTX285. If you're still willing to spend $1200 for that, you must have some very deep-rooted affection for Jensen.
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
btarunr said:
....is ASUS MARS dual-GTX285. If you're still willing to spend $1200 for that, you must have some very deep-rooted affection for Jensen.
two MARS in SLI and this for physx
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#5
soryuuha
btarunr said:
Funny enough, G200b has lower idle power draw than G92b due to its power states.
Which it is make sense that G92b chip will be the primary display while GT200b chip will be the PhysX acceleration chip.

Oh wai-
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#6
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Mussels said:
two MARS in SLI and this for physx
That would be when you need to retire from life, and come down to India for some Haré Krishna service.
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#7
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
btarunr said:
....is ASUS MARS dual-GTX285. If you're still willing to spend $1200 for that, you must have some very deep-rooted affection for Jensen.
Mussels said:
two MARS in SLI and this for physx
Two MARS cards and a GTX285 for Physx :D

I'd keep one if I got it for free, sounds 'cool', but screw paying for one.
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#8
[I.R.A]_FBi
Wait doesnt g200 have a built in physx section?

teh lame
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#9
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
[I.R.A]_FBi said:
Wait doesnt g200 have a built in physx section?

teh lame
Honestly I dunno what that is all about, I assume the drivers are able to dedicate groups of 24 sp's at a time (1 cluster in GT200) to Physx.
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Mussels
Moderprator
[I.R.A]_FBi said:
Wait doesnt g200 have a built in physx section?

teh lame
wolf said:
Honestly I dunno what that is all about, I assume the drivers are able to dedicate groups of 24 sp's at a time (1 cluster in GT200) to Physx.
what wolf said, is the case.


it hardly affects performance at all, using a second GPU for it is pointless.

this entire GPU is an exercise in futility - its like strapping a jet engine to a donkey to make it go faster, but not bother to include fuel - or something to be transported
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#12
[I.R.A]_FBi
Mussels said:
what wolf said, is the case.


it hardly affects performance at all, using a second GPU for it is pointless.

this entire GPU is an exercise in futility - its like strapping a jet engine to a donkey to make it go faster, but not bother to include fuel - or something to be transported
In other news ... EVGA has made the worlds fastest donkey ...:rolleyes:
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#13
PP Mguire
wolf said:
Two MARS cards and a GTX285 for Physx :D

I'd keep one if I got it for free, sounds 'cool', but screw paying for one.
3 mars. 2 SLI one PhysX
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#14
DonInKansas
They can send it to me; October 30th is mah birthday. :roll:
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#15
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
PP Mguire said:
3 mars. 2 SLI one PhysX
you sir, win!

the fanboy game that is :D
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#16
Animalpak
This is an absolute novelty you ever seen two different GPU mixed on a single PCB? I never seen before !


Do you believe this can beat the GTX 295?


Fermi is still far I would get one as Christmas gift.
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Mussels
Moderprator
DonInKansas said:
They can send it to me; October 30th is mah birthday. :roll:
october 23rd is my birthday.

microsoft is celebrating by releasing windows 7 to the public.

(23rd here is 22nd in the USA - they're getting the timing just right ;))
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#18
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
Mussels said:
october 23rd is my birthday.

microsoft is celebrating by releasing windows 7 to the public.

(23rd here is 22nd in the USA - they're getting the timing just right ;))
Hey dude, happy birthday!

Im in Perth so still 20 minutes for me, but it must be 23rd for you right now :toast:
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#19
[I.R.A]_FBi
Mussels said:
october 23rd is my birthday.

microsoft is celebrating by releasing windows 7 to the public.

(23rd here is 22nd in the USA - they're getting the timing just right ;))
we share a birthday
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#20
legends84
first EVGA GTX285 Classified....seems nothing impressive.... now this... and whats next....................????:shadedshu
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
wolf said:
Hey dude, happy birthday!

Im in Perth so still 20 minutes for me, but it must be 23rd for you right now :toast:
3:30 am lol

[I.R.A]_FBi said:
we share a birthday
with an operating system! (kinda)
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#23
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PP Mguire
3 mars. 2 SLI one PhysX
lol noob :p

I'd take one of these and quad MARS cards, and out-fold everyone on the planet!
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#24
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
legends84 said:
first EVGA GTX285 Classified....seems nothing impressive.... now this... and whats next....................????:shadedshu
the 285 classified rocks, the point is too little too late, I think Nvidia should have let board partners make non reference 280/285/295 from the get-go.

Mussels said:
3:30 am lol
Thats the way we roll, I'm watching Star Trek and TPU-in' :D
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#25
qamulek
benchmarks please

Mussels said:
yes, and even that setup is dumb. they can just use their first nvidia card to run GPU accelerated physX, so it doesnt make any sense then either.
Also to others saying a dedicated gpu for physx is pointless:

Can you link me benchmarks showing a second gpu is not necessary for physx when using a gpu that already supports physx?....

I tried googling "physx benchmark" with some variants (+"gt200"), but so far all I have found is this test showing that adding a dedicated physx card is clearly better then running physx on a gpu that is trying to draw the graphics. In that link 2xgtx280+9600gt performs better then 3xgtx280+no-dedicated-physx-card. I for one tend not to trust anything unless it can be backed up by multiple sources/experiments so I don't truly trust just that one link, however I also don't trust comments saying that a dedicated physx card is pointless when using a gpu(or multi gpu) that can run physx.

What can be said is that the performance increase from adding a dedicated physx card is minor(does anyone care about 37fps vs 42fps?) and so is not worth the extra price of adding such a card; related to this is that there are very few physx games to begin with, and those games that do have physx can be played with physx on low without much impact to the game which again means its not really worth messing around with a dedicated physx card.

Do I think this card is pointless? Yes, but thats because I don't really care about the extra performance the g92 will bring to physx games that I'm not really interested in playing. Someone somewhere will want that extra performance boost or smaller footprint(compared to gpu+dedicated-physx-card), and to them I say :toast:

I notice some mention the super expensive mars; my feeling of the mars was the same: I would never want a mars due to its insane price, but to those who do :toast:
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