Friday, February 12, 2010


Nvidia recently gave us a peek of its much awaited new GF 100 series of video cards. At first many speculated that it will be named GTX 300 but now it is clear that it will be called GF 100 series. These cards will be based on Fermi architecture which is allegedly much faster and consumes less power than its present GTX 200 cards. I hope so for this is the answer of Nvidia to ATI Radeon’s 5000 series cards which are capable of playing DX 11 games. At present I think the only DX 11 pc game is Dirt 2 and the upcoming game Battlefield 2. But I suppose that like the case of DX 10 games which are playable in DX 9, future DX 11 based pc games will also be playable in DX 10. So there is no reason to feel sorry for those who are currently using Nvidia 9000 and GTX 200 series cards. DX 11 games are looks better and realistic however the cost of high end video cards are quite high. I just hope that when Nvidia release its new GF 100 series that they will be reasonably price so that I myself would be able to purchase one (or two for SLI).


There are only a few pc games with Physx and I recently played Batman Arkham Asylum and I saw how great the game is especially when the Physx is enabled. However to enable Physx it is recommended to have at least one GTX 260 or higher for physx and a 9800 GTX for graphics and for a single video card a GTX 280 or higher. According to forums that I have read that in games with physx, SLI should be disabled. If you have an SLI setup, it is recommended that it be disabled so that one card will be running the graphics and the other the physx.

I have only one video card which is a GTX 285 and I played Batman with physx enabled (MAX SETTING) and 4x AA. If the Physx is on Normal setting I can play it with 8x AA and of course with Physx disabled I can play it with 16x AA. It would be great if I can have an overclock CPU. The only problem with Batman Arkham is that it is plaqued with numerous bugs.

This physx feature is available to those who are using Nvidia cards. I just don’t know if this can be enabled with ATI Radeon cards.

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