Ageia PhysX cards hit retail outlets

Ageia has announced that its first PhysX physics accelerator cards built
by Asus and BFG Tech are now
available worldwide
in the retail channel. In the U.S., Ageia says
retailers like Best Buy, Newegg, TigerDirect, and “many others” are
carrying the new PhysX boards. We couldn’t find any listed at Best Buy
or Newegg, but TigerDirect is indeed selling a BFG PhysX card with 128 MB of memory for $299. The card is in stock, but its price is a bit higher than the $249 and $275 charged by Dell
and Alienware, respectively, for PhysX cards in their high-end gaming desktops. Nonetheless, the recent release of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter for the PC and the Cell Factor: Combat Training demo should
give eager early adopters something to do with those retail PhysX boards.

Update: The BFG Tech cards are now showing up as in stock at Newegg, as well.

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    • Blackfell
    • 14 years ago

    Bah. No PCIe, no sale. Dropping $300 on a card that a) if it takes off, will have a long lifespan, and b) rides the archaic PCI bus (heh..I remember when PCI was the new hotness) is not my idea of a wise purchase.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 14 years ago

    I have a hard time saying PPU loudly.

      • Damage
      • 14 years ago

      Does Wii have a PPU?

        • Beomagi
        • 14 years ago

        that’s a wii bit to expensive. the pp costs more than a wii wii.

          • sigher
          • 14 years ago

          That was a joke on how the words sounds

            • Beomagi
            • 14 years ago

            so was that

      • Pax-UX
      • 14 years ago

      I get it you pronouch it ‘Poo’ very funny 😐

        • sigher
        • 14 years ago

        or peepee u

    • AmishRakeFight
    • 14 years ago

    uhm what the hell is it? Nvidia or ATI?

      • Chrispy_
      • 14 years ago

      You win a prize 🙂

    • DrDillyBar
    • 14 years ago

    Available on NCIX.com too.

      • Logan[TeamX]
      • 14 years ago

      $379 CDN! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

      What a crock. I’m officially disgusted and yet not surprised in the least. $1000 HD-DVD and BluRay players, meet your PC counterpart of the quarter.

        • Shinare
        • 14 years ago

        Dont overlook the $600 PS3 for that list.

    • Clint Torres
    • 14 years ago

    Not only is $299 too much, I think anything more than $79 is gonna kill this product.

    I see these things being bundled onto high-end video cards. Not as a stand-alone product.

      • Shinare
      • 14 years ago

      Is it greed based or does it really cost $300 to mfgr, dispurse, and market this thing?

      Personally, I think its greed, and if true, I hope Agea flounders. However, if it really does cost that much to bring this card to bare, then I do not hope, but I just know they will die a slow death.

      Everything about a discreet PPU makes me warm and fuzzy all over. But personally, $300 in my pocket makes me feel a whole lot better.

        • Shintai
        • 14 years ago

        If we compare it to a GFX in transistor size and such it should be around 30-50$ with memory. But I guess someone gonna pay for it, and alot.

        • Freon
        • 14 years ago

        I think for a while their costs are irrelevent. I don’t think they’re going to make their initial R&D back on the first round no matter what.

        Cost to manufacture the chips, boards, package, and distribute is probably much less, but they just blew a wad on R&D which they won’t get back.

    • Logan[TeamX]
    • 14 years ago

    I’ll get GRAW just so I can play it and enjoy it WITHOUT an outdated architecture-based card.

      • sigher
      • 14 years ago

      You make no sense, but you sound quite fierce doing that though 🙂

        • Krogoth
        • 14 years ago

        GRAW= Ghost Recon: Advance Warfare.

          • sigher
          • 14 years ago

          I know that, I just don’t get the “WITHOUT an outdated architecture-based card.” bit

    • indeego
    • 14 years ago

    Why retail?

    Why do we still have these silly middlemeng{

      • Capsaicin
      • 14 years ago

      It’s considered advertising? “I’ll order it online when I get home.” Of course, some people can’t stand to wait at all…

    • Krogoth
    • 14 years ago

    I will not get a discrete PPU, until its cost goes down and is on PCIe.

      • Shinare
      • 14 years ago

      I totally agree. Why buy a $300 PPU when you can buy a second $300 SLI or CrossFire GPU, get almost 2x vid power and also utilize Havoc better? I was verry much onboard the PhysX PPU bandwagon when the rumor mill had it at $100-$150 retail… this $300 BS is crazy.

        • Krogoth
        • 14 years ago

        I was thinking along the lines of having a seperate PPU on the same PCB as a video card. PPU can ether be a seperate chip or a seperate die on the same GPU package. I would believe that the latter be the first step for ATI and Nvidia to pretake in adoption of PPUs. It will require a few more die shrinks in order for PPU to be intergrated into the GPU die.

        Discrete solutions needed to ether be more powerful and be feature on a PCIe in other to succede, but AGEIA’s baby is stuck on PCI classic and is a first genertion unit akin to the S3 VIRGE of early 3D accelerator days.

          • Shinare
          • 14 years ago

          I think the Diss man himself said that its probably not likely that the PhysX PPU will be integrated onto a graphics card simply because of the amount of realestate it takes up, pointing to the caps, the huge HSF, not to mention the size of the chip itself.

          I dont necessarily agree with that statement seeing as how they’ve “dotter’ed” two GPU’s togeather to use the same slot in quad SLI setups. I’d pay $100 more for a vid card if it had the “Agea PhysX onboard!” sticker on the outsie of the packaging.

            • Freon
            • 14 years ago

            I expect Nvidia and ATI to fully integrate this technology into the GPU die if it takes off. No separate chip, no separate die, right in there at a core level. New marketing term along with number of shader and vertex shader pipelines will be number of physics pipelines.

            • sigher
            • 14 years ago

            To do that the’d first have to take to microsoft to add it to directx, but then won’t ageia sue them?
            If all the graphics firms would use their own api then nobody will code it in their games I imagine.

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