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Old 07-13-2005, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I came across this new piece of equipment while browsing around.
I've looked around some other forums and there is a mixed review.

Here's a few links:

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1817922,00.asp

http://www.ageia.com/

Some are saying that it will only be needed for high end gaming machines to see a difference, and that since money drives the computing industry, this could be a flop.

On the other hand it does something like 1000x more physics calculations than your CPU or GPU combined creating a new age in "Cinematic Computing" for insanley realistic game play.

I, myself have not formed an opinion on this yet, so I wanted to see what you guys wanted to say.

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Old 07-13-2005, 02:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes I've heard of this. I'm sure I'd come in handy as games get more physics innit. HL2 starts to studder on my comp if I break too many boxes at one time.

But what makes me squirm is the price. It's rediculously high for now. I won't be buying one. I'll live with a little studder. Sure my cpu can't handle lots of physics at once, but I'm not willing to dish out over $250 just to remove 1 small studder.. If the price dropped to around $100 maybe, but for now no. Another thing would be games would have to support it, as of now only a handful of unreleased games seem to promise this. Now, one thing that makes me think is multiplayer games. Odds of lots of physics in them are low. It would sap soo much bandwith to have too many boxes flying around n' such which is why HL2DM doesn't have too many crates n' such in the levels. But I guess we're just gonna have to wait n' see how big this gets.
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