AGEIA Responds To ATI's Triple Play
June 9, 2006 6:00 AM
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No games are being announced that supports ATI's method, says AGEIA
Earlier this week at Computex,
reported that ATI officially announces its solution to physics processing. Called Triple Play,
ATI's solution depends on three Radeon X1K series cards
, two of which operate in CrossFire mode while a third card is configured for physics processing. The Triple Play solution, says ATI, uses the raw gigaflop performance of the Radeon X1K series to process physics, but users are concerned at the approach. The fact that customers are forced to buy three ATI boards ended up being questionable for many users as costs quickly escalate. A system with two Radeons can still use one for physics calculations, but it is no longer dubbed Triple Play.
FiringSquad this week reported a response from AGEIA which attempts to explain the lack of value in ATI's solution. According to AGEIA, measuring the performance of physics processing by simply looking at the number of gigaflops in a GPU is analogous to saying that "the more wheels I have on my car, the faster I will go." AGEIA's vice president of marketing,
Michael Steele, said to FiringSquad
Graphics processors are designed for graphics. Physics is an entirely different environment. Why would you sacrifice graphics performance for questionable physics? You’ll be hard pressed to find game developers who don’t want to use all the graphics power they can get, thus leaving very little for anything else in that chip.
“Boundless Gaming” is actually enabled by AGEIA’s Gaming Power Triangle in which the PhysX processor adds true physics to the mix instead of leaving it to a repurposed graphics processor.
AGEIA further says that developers are announcing more and more games that support its PhysX product, while no one is announcing support for ATI's method. Steele also mentioned that while he's glad that ATI has agreed that physics is important, ATI is delivering a "questionable" solution to physics processing.
Steele also emphasized that PhysX is available now while ATI's solution is not.
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RE: Dubious statement...
6/9/2006 6:41:27 AM
Honestly I think Ageia had problems to begin with
A) No Customizeable options yet.
B) Performance hit on CPU
C) PCI card that costs $299 ... PCI bus is not exactly future proof and for $300 I think it should at least still be good for another 2 years not if they keep PCI slots that long it will be good.
So lets see a card taht sits off the PCI-E bus and of course a 1K series ATI card can be loads cheaper if needed as a cheap solution. Side note most newer mobo's i've been viewing have less and less pci slots and when deciding between a X-fi sound card or physics I think most would go with teh X-fi.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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