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Will an ATI Card run on a mobo with a Nvidia bridge?

by freakwithahat / January 31, 2007 11:47 AM PST
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I'm totally blown away
by TONI H / January 31, 2007 9:12 PM PST

after viewing your images....I also am an ATI fan, but that Nvidia chipset is awesome. I haven't been keeping up lately with newer hardware (making do with what I have for now since it still serves my purposes), but those two items are impressive.

From viewing the mobo on the slide show, I noticed a couple of things right off the bat. Using the Nvidia chipset appears would require that any monitor be USB since there are no ports for what you would expect to see (nor could I find any serial ports or joystick ports on the sound card). Have we come that far now that these items would be considered to be obsolete?

I noticed only one IDE controller....with two dvd/cdrw devices that I have, that would eliminate using any of my IDE harddrives unless I used one of the PCI slots for a separate controller card. I'm a harddrive freak (have five of them in my rig) and concerned with only 4 SATA ports (since those drives can't be daisy-chained). Will a separate controller card one day be available for SATA drives?

With only two PCI slots, if you had to replace your onboard sound and add a landline modem, there go your PCI slots right off the bat. No additional space for a separate USB card...an external hub would be the only way to go for external USB harddrives or more peripherals.

We appear to have come a long way when compared to my dinosaur system that serves me well....but is 'smaller' really better when so many of our personal options are being done away with? Evidently, to many 'build your own' geeks. I can understand compacting everything when there is only one goal in mind with something like this board....gaming, gaming, gaming. But for some of us that use our systems for many other chores, the limitations appear to require two separate systems. One strictly for gaming purposes, and one for everything else we do because our peripherals would demand it. I can't see replacing everything (hardware) that works for me currently but even with that said, I'm drooling over your win.

I would think that getting into the bios to disable the Nvidia in order to use your ATI card would be a rather simple task. If you don't have a USB monitor to do that with, you could put your ATI card in first as you build the system, hook your monitor to that card, and get right into the bios before adding the rest of the hardware. If disabling the Nvidia isn't an option in the bios, you could get into Device Mgr later and disable it there in its Properties.

One way to test this theory of mine would be to power up the mobo on a piece of cardboard inside of mounting it inside your case first, with the ATI card in place and hooked up to the monitor. The idea is to make sure you get a signal on the monitor first with the ATI card, get into the bios and disable the Nvidia chipset, and power down/power back up. If you get a signal on the monitor, but have to way to disable the Nvidia, then at least you know you have to disable it in Device Mgr later instead.

Good luck....you're the envy of my day.


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No onboard video to be disabled
by linkit / February 1, 2007 2:32 PM PST
In reply to: I'm totally blown away

I have a different understanding of that nVidia chipset on the motherboard. Since there is no onboard GPU, there shouldn't be a need to disable one. Maybe I'm missing something.

I guess we are seeing a big push to switch more quickly to PCI Express and SATA components. Hopefully this will be as painless as possible.

I also read an article a while ago that praised the removal of serial, parallel, and joystick ports from the backplate because USB has made them obsolete, and the space was better used for a heatsink with access to the outside of the case.

Hmmm, now why can't I win raffles like that? The last raffle I won at work was a 512MB USB flash drive--not fair!

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You see, it can't be a raffle at your work...
by freakwithahat / February 1, 2007 3:25 PM PST

It must be a raffle at your friend's. Employees never seem to win anything. And, after further examination, you are correct, there is no onboard video, I had just been wondering whether or not there was any compatibility issues with an Nvidia mobo and an ATI card, but that has been somewhat answerred. For now, I'll stick with just one gpu, until I figure out a hack or begin to fiddle with the Bios.

And, I too agree with you on the transfer of PATA to SATA, AGP to PCI, etc. because it certainly simplifies things, but there will always be a cycle, something better (often smaller and more compact) will come out, and we'll have to make the transfer again, constantly upgrading. Can't we just invent HAL and be done with the upgrading?

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ati in nvidia
by ramarc / January 31, 2007 10:21 PM PST

yes, the radeon card will run any motherboard with a x16 PCI-Express slot. no, crossfire will not be supported; you'll either need to wait for a hack or get a i965/i975 based motherboard to run a pair of radeons.

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Thank you to both of you for your help.
by freakwithahat / February 1, 2007 7:53 AM PST

I guess I'll be running on a single card for now, which probably won't hurt that much. That was a very comprehensive explanation, Toni, and I'll be sure to try those things out. If your suggestions don't work, I might even consider making a switch to Nvidia, I know, it's blasphemy, but this is one awesome mobo that I'd love to put to a good use. Thanks again!

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