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Can I run 2 different graphics cards ?

by Pumpkinhead / July 17, 2007 10:26 PM PDT

I think I may already know the answer but....

Can you have 2 different graphic cards on the same system?
I know you can't run them (different cards) in SLI, but could you I have two installed but only 1 "abled" and the other " disabled " in device manager.

The reason I ask is that I have a free graphics card that I won. It is an ATI ALL-IN-Wonder that I want to use to transfer video to DVDs. It is a PCI-E x16 (256mb)and says it will be good for games also.

I was wondering if I could have another nVidia card just for gaming ?
Then 'switch' between the two ?

Intel Core 2Duo 6400/2 GB Corsair RAM/ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard/ZALMAN CNPS9500 CPU fan/Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB Drive /ATI ALL-A-Wonder x600 PRO

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with an sli or crossfire mobo
by ramarc / July 18, 2007 12:30 AM PDT

you should be able to run both. both will be active at all times though so you'll need two monitors.

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I have an SLI MB but....
by Pumpkinhead / July 18, 2007 3:43 AM PDT

...I thought that for SLI capabilities, the 2 GPU's had to be identical.

Am I wrong about that ?

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for sli operation, the cards have to be identical
by ramarc / July 18, 2007 4:07 AM PDT

but you can still run two different cards to drive 2 seperate monitors.

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be cautious though
by ozos / July 18, 2007 4:00 PM PDT

Sometimes the ATI and nVidia drivers don't play entirely nicely together, so be careful how you configure the system. When you go to install 3D applications, ensure the renderer you want to use is selected, etc.

You might consider just going to the AIW board (if it offers similar performance to the nV board you have right now) as your sole board, and bypass the driver headache.

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Driver issues already.
by Pumpkinhead / July 19, 2007 10:17 PM PDT
In reply to: be cautious though

I am still trying to run just my ATI graphics cards and I am having horrible issues. It made my wonder it an ATI card is compatable with my motherboard. It is a board based on the nVidia 650i chipset.

Could it be that my MB only wants a nVidia GPU ?

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2 separent video cards
by meaps / May 25, 2010 7:03 AM PDT

hey i have a problem i have 2 sapphire radeon hd 3870's but one is gddr4 and the other is gddr3 i need help can i run these in cross fire on one monitor?? (and one driver installation)

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Done with ATI ! Problems still exist though.
by Pumpkinhead / July 26, 2007 10:23 PM PDT

OK, I have had it with ATI and their screwy drivers ! I am going with nVidia. I got and installed a BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC card.
I un-installed all the old drivers and updated the latest drivers from nVidia's website. So all is well, right ?

Wrong !

I ran a benchmark test ( 3dMark06 ) and the PC locked up.
I don't know if it is a graphic driver issue, a MB issue, a memory issue, or an OS issue.
I did NOT receive any error messages to trace the problem.

This should not happen on a brand new system. Right ?

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Static Charge :(
by Sam256 / June 29, 2009 4:27 PM PDT

If you instaled the card yourself maybe you forgot to discharge yourself before touching the PC's Componenets. One little charge of static to your Ram or any part could fry it.

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(NT) Might be too late. Last post was July 2007
by VAPCMD / June 29, 2009 11:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Static Charge :(
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