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Physics!

Physics!

We first heard about Ageia's upcoming PhysX PCI card and its so-called PPU (Physics Processing Unit) on the heels of Computex, the Taiwanese tech show, earlier this year. We recently got our hands on a press kit from the company stateside, and we're anxious to see the product in action when it's released this fall.

The idea is that you add the PhysX card to your PC (a software version will also allegedly make its way into the PlayStation 3 and the XBox 360), and it cranks up the the complexity of physics calculations in supporting games. This capability, if you believe the tech demos, gives you all kinds of enhanced object behaviors, like correctly modeled car crashes, believable flowing water, etc. The suggested starting price of $250 to $300 seems a little steep, but I've never paid $600 for a graphics card.