“If you haven’t heard already, the 257.15 Beta ForceWare driver set from NVIDIA accidently had the ability for ATI users to again use an NVIDIA card as a second to do PhysX. The whole ordeal created a bit of drama around the web; as soon as it was discovered by NVIDIA they yanked the driver and put another one up that disabled the ability.
After a bit of uproar, they put it back up but said that it wouldn’t be included in future drivers; they kind of dribbled on about how it’s expensive to maintain it for ATI cards. It sounds like a load of crap to be honest, because it’s been disabled for ages. We’re sure in the last few months they’ve done nothing and all of a sudden it was slipped in and working fine on ATI cards. I don’t know what NVIDIA have against making money, but the whole thing sounds stupid.”
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The release of the 257.15 Beta ForceWare driver included a feature that nVIDIA had not meant to include, the ability to enable PhysX processing on an nVIDIA card when an ATI card is the primary graphics card in a system. This is something that nVIDIA has been disabling at the driver level, most likely to avoid having to provide support for AMD cards when people run into PhysX processing problems. That does make a lot of sense, regardless of the many conspiracy theories that have sprung up out of this particular issue, the last thing nVIDIA wants to do is tie up their tech support with problems caused by a competitors card. With that in mind, TweakTown tried out the beta driver with several games that support PhysX processing so read through their review to see if you would like to try it yourself.