1137 m ASUS PhysX P1 GRAW Edition

The AGEIA Physics Processing Unit, PhysX, claims to be the
next big thing that will revolutionize the way games are being played. The large
emphasis placed on visual image quality effects for the past years seems to have
part of it’s potency sapped as the hype surrounding gaming physics get stirred bigger
with the retail launch of the Physics Processing Unit Cards. We take a good look
at the offering from ASUS based on the AGEIA PhysX processor.

The AGEIA Physics Processing Unit, PhysX, claims to be the
next big thing that will revolutionize the way games are being played. The large
emphasis placed on visual image quality effects for the past years seems to have
part of it’s potency sapped as the hype surrounding gaming physics get stirred bigger
with the retail launch of the Physics Processing Unit Cards. We take a good look
at the offering from ASUS based on the AGEIA PhysX processor. 

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ASUS PhysX P1
GRAW Edition


Processor Type

AGEIA PhysX


Bus Technology

32-bit PCI
3.0


Memory Interface

128-bit
GDDR3


Memory Capacity

128MB


Memory C
lock

733MHz

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Even though the AGEIA PPUs were announced with 256MB of Memory, only the
128MB flavors are currently available.

A short introduction on the AGEIA Physics Processor.

The AGEIA Physics Processor is the first dedicated hardware accelerator for
PC games to enable dynamic motion and interaction with the game environment to
improve immersive-ness and overall gaming experience.

Some of the revolutionary features in upcoming games supporting this piece of
hardware include:

  • Explosions that cause dust and
    collateral debris

  • Characters with complex,
    jointed geometries for more life-like motion and
    interaction

  • Spectacular new weapons with
    unpredictable effects

  • Cloth that drapes and tears the
    way you expect it to

  • Lush foliage that sways
    naturally when brushed against

  • Dense smoke & fog that billow
    around objects in motion

As such, AGEIA is trying very hard to build up a new convention it calls the
Gaming Power Triangle.

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According to AGEIA the Gaming Triangle represents the 3 critical PC
processors that enable the best possible gaming experience. The 3 components
consist of your CPU, your graphics card (GPU) and of course, your Physics
Processing Unit (PPU).