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John Carmack Frags Dedicated PPUs

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"I'm not a believer." That was john carmack's responce when asked about his opinion of dedicated PPU cards. He said that he believes multi-core cpus are a much better base for developers to use for physics calculations especially due to their fast spread in the market. Carmack is following the path that was laid by Valve Software's Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Crytek's Crysis and Remedy's Alan Wake which all three do advanced physics calculations using multi-core cpus. So far 2 of the few games that fully support AGEIA are Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 1/2 and the upcoming Unreal 2007.

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Come onnnnnnn :p
 

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I know but you could do that in a PM :)
 

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Carmack knows what he's talking about... after all, he owns video games, pretty much.

"And then Carmack said 'Let there be DOOM' and DOOM was created."

Best damn FPS ever.
 

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I agree with Mr. Carmack.
Unless they start putting dedicated PPUs directly on the MoBos I doubt I will ever get one.

On another note :
I see at least five other spelling/grammar errors in the first post, but I won't point them out ;)
 
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( That does it , im getting FireFox with the spelling check addon !! :p )
 

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( That does it , im getting FireFox with the spelling check addon !! :p )
You know that you can use iespell, right?

Just click the "abc" icon in the top right of the new post window
 
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iespell is an addon or is it with the site ?
 

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iespell is an addon or is it with the site ?
It is an addon that this site points you to when you click on "abc"

however, you can use it with any website.

You just right click and click "check spelling"

Its a great tool
 
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The Physx cards by AGEIA are far too expensive and their performance even compared to a Geforce4 card is weak (in terms of it's overall processing power), I'd have bought one if they were £20-£30 max (that's all they are worth really), but £100+ no chance!
 
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Well guys...wait and see ^^ Review should be coming shortly.

BTW: Unreal Tournament III will also use the card :)

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they cant do anything top big they USE PCI which is slow thus they dont do anything important so i wont buy a PPU
 
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they cant do anything top big they USE PCI which is slow thus they dont do anything important so i wont buy a PPU
Actually the AGEIA Physx cards don't even use up anywhere near the available bandwidth of the PCI bus, PCI-E ain't even needed just for Physics calc.
 

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Actually the AGEIA Physx cards don't even use up anywhere near the available bandwidth of the PCI bus, PCI-E ain't even needed just for Physics calc.
ok it so it does almost nothing :) just use your X1k series card to do the calcs prob solved
 

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Well, Id like to believe Physix Cards have a use, Lord knows a few games Ive installed (Tomb Raider Anniversary, Lost Planet Extreme Condition, etc) had to have me install the driver/software for Ageia Physix processors even though I dont use one.
 

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Multi-core ftw. I mean if the game already uses both core (or four) and would still need a physics card, then there's something wrong with it :)