backtop


Print 41 comment(s) - last by JNo.. on Jan 10 at 10:34 AM


Slide courtesy of Chile Hardware
Triple Play physics just around the corner

More information about ATI's long-awaited physics processing is finally trickling into light. ATI has named its GPU accelerated physics processing Asymmetric Physics Processing.

Hardware requirements for Asymmetric Physics Processing include two AMD ATI Radeon based graphics cards and a compatible CrossFire motherboard.  One Radeon may be used as a GPU with an additional Radeon acting as a physics processor.  The requirement for three Radeons to complete physics processing is only a requirement of Triple Play operation.

ATI’s Triple Play physics processing is also supported with two ATI Radeon graphics cards operating in CrossFire with an equal or lesser performing third card dedicated to physics processing. 

Chile Hardware has the full presentation for Asymmetric Physics Processing in English and Spanish.

Asymmetric Physics Processing requires two AMD ATI Radeon graphics cards for baseline processing, the two graphics cards do not need a direct physical link like CrossFire. AMD is also touting the ability to mix and match different ATI Radeon graphics cards to have greater flexibility for users that upgrade their older graphics cards.

At this time it seems AMD chipsets are the only supported platform for Asymmetric physics processing. Supported chipsets include the AMD 580X, ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 (for Intel) and the upcoming RD790. It is unknown if the CrossFire capable Intel 975X and P965 chipsets will be supported.


Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Dual slot?
By encia on 1/10/2007 4:56:29 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I personally think that the PhysX approach is more elegant anyway. Not to mention that a $200 PhysX card is a lot cheaper than a 2nd or 3rd high end video card.
quote:

According to pricewatch.com, a SAPPHIRE Radeon X1900GT (RV570) cost around 161 USD.

quote:

I've also heard that some physics functions can't be run on video cards because everything has to be converted to Direct X 9 and back again through software to make it work.

Not with AMD's CTM ("Close To Metal").


"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

Related Articles
DFI's RD600-TR2/G Launching December 15
November 28, 2006, 9:45 PM
ATI AMD Chipset Roadmap Detailed
October 9, 2006, 12:30 PM













botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki