ATI Accelerated PhysX In The Works
NVIDIA has been generating a lot of buzz as of late with all of the news regarding their PhysX implementation on GeForce 9800 and GTX 200 series GPUs. An interesting, and related, tid-bit arrived in our in-box this morning that's sure to illicit some curious responses, and wouldn't you know it, it has to do with ATI-accelerated PhysX...
Unfortunately, we don't have many details regarding the screenshot above. What it is supposed to show is PhysX being accelerated on a Radeon HD 3800 GPU (reportedly a 3850). The folks that developed the infamous "SLI Patch" are working on this little app that ports NVIDIA's PhysX to ATI GPUs. Supposedly, it will only work on 3800 series cards at the moment because "AMD thinks NGOHQ.com is not worthy enough to borrow review samples", but something tells us that will change in time and 4800 series support will be worked in.
While this news will probably get some people worked up into a tizzy, we knew this would happen sooner or later. At a recent NVIDIA event, when questions about porting PhysX to ATI GPUs came up, representatives from NVIDIA said there is nothing stopping anyone from downloading the CUDA SDK and doing the necessary work.