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AMD being supportive of Physx -
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CONTRARY TO WHAT you may have read around the wibble last week, the folks at DAAMIT are very happy indeed to have Nvidia's Physx standard running on ATI hardware. Mostly.
Whilst the green team has made plenty of hay out of the fact that Nvidia Geforce GPUs can now process physics routines in games like Unreal Tournament 3 (and benchmarks like 3D Mark Vantage), amateur coders have had fun in the past few weeks trying to get the same routines running on AMD hardware - with the full support of Nvidia.
The chaps at *****.com report that they got both software tools and developer assistance time from Nvidia to help get Physx running on ATI hardware - presumably since Graphzilla considers this not just a marketshare bonus for Physx, but a major kick of sand in the face to Howling Hector, Dodgy Dirk and his crew, who not only couldn't afford to buy Ageia, but can barely afford to buy a sandwich at the moment after losing $2.5bn of its $3.2bn of ATI goodwill.
In a bid to get back some goodwill – albeit rather less than a few billion – ATI has now decided to help the amateur coders do their thang.
"We think that it is great that people continue to use our products in creative ways," Julia Clark, AMD PR manager, told Nordic Hardware.
Well, when we say 'help', what we actually mean is that words of encouragement are forthcoming from AMD, even if no practical help is. Well, you have to start somewhere right? With Nvidia and AMD both supporting Physx, could that mean that Intel's Havok standard gets sidelined?
Not if the Greater Spotted 'zilla has anything to do with it. µ
also 2008.07.20 AMD supportive of PhysX on Radeon on Inet