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    This thread is to discuss physics processing from within the GPU architecture. We all know it's coming, we've all seen the demo's (Alan Wake, etc) but what i want to get the bottom of is how much this is going to cost gamers, so Can you all post links to any articles or news you find on the subject and i'll compile them in this post as a definitive source to all things physics.With unified shaders (8800 and R600) each individual stream processor can be assigned a task, so in theory physics and graphics processing can be shared on a single GPU (i think). But can one 8800 GTX render any next generation game on it's own plus physics and get over 1fps? i really doubt it and from what i recall, physics processing is being touted as needing an additional GPU or even perhaps a custom built co-processor, so that seems to throw out the idea that graphics and physics could be shared on the same board, at least for the next few years.

    At the current moment i can't help feeling that the cost of physics processing is being passed onto us when it should be incorporated into the GPU architecture, not as an additional cost on top of £500 GPU's, and that's excluding our beloved SLI which already doubles the cost of graphics ownership.

    Controversial post i know, but it's been on my mind for a few months now and i'm nothing short of angry at how the enthusiasts (you) are potentially being ripped off.
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    is there a mobo out there that can handle that much bandwith never mind 4 full speed pci-e slots and a physics card on top of that, its just stupid if you ask me

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    well vista business and up supports 128GB memory, right now i would call that mad, but microsoft would call it future proof. maybe amd has something similar in mind, and also they had to come up with something to blow us away
    but thinking of getting a 4 PEG slot mobo plus an extra PSU is kinda scary :P

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    there will be boards to handle this in the future, don't worry about that, worry about the cost of high end gaming, its going to go through the roof.

    imo the media should reject these new cards IF it becomes apparent that high end gaming can no longer be had with a single GPU OR for under the £400 mark.

    It's like your example romeozor, no doubt oneday we'll all have 128GB memory, that's progress, but i bet you that will still cost £200-300 when they come, my problem is that they are increasing the prices exponentially on the graphics end.
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    ya, its as if ati and nvidia have people employed just to talk to the other company to figure out how much money they can screw the consumer for i bet it doesnt cost more than 200$ at most to make a top of the line r600:$

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