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    Running two video cards

    Are you able to run two video cards without using SLI or Crossfire?

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    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    Yes.
    I currently have a Gigabyte EP45T-UD3P motherboard with a Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 running two monitors, I need to run my tv from my computer as well 42" Plasma 720P, my current video card only supports two outputs though. So I need to an another video card that would only push the tv nothing else. Never hooked up more than one video card so I'm curious to how the OS doesn't have driver issues? When selecting a video card should I stay with ATI to prevent driver conflicts? I've been looking at a few cards which one do you think would serve my purpose and not be an overkill? Also when selecting a card the PCI 3.0 cards will work in a PCI 2.0 mobo correct, just at 2.0?

    Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB DDR5
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5 or
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7770

    Thanks

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    Check out the FS forum, I have a nice little Quadro card that I use for my HTPC and it works great for that purpose.

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    I have a 24/7 folding machine that, luckily, I can use the same drivers for both cards (GTX 460 and GT 650)

    Other than finding something in the same driver class I'm not sure what to recommend. Bummer is that most drivers I've seen now come in .exe packages instead of just the driver alone. Far as I can tell they install across the board. Instead of just picking the driver and installing it you have to run the whole shebang.

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    I had to rip out my second sli, Over cooking, never put a 3rd card in the aticrossfire slot. numbers were 8, 8, 4 on the sli/atixfire. Mobo is an ASUS P5Q-E. Potential of nine screens before, wasting memory.

    On a brighter note. I bought an "Steelseries Apex" 4 layers, 16+ million colours. No batteries required. It's a keyboard. not the "raw".

    I'm in the midst of trying to layers the colours with beer colours. Have foam, and no foam....awesome!

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