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Can I use an 8800GTX and a 7950GX2 simultaneously?

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November 22, 2006 7:14:12 AM

I was astonished that my girlfriend somehow figured out to buy me a GeForce 8800GTX for the holidays... This girl is a keeper! Right now I have a 7950 GX2. Obviously SLI is out of the question, but will these two work in a dual monitor configuration?

If the consensus is yes, then I'm hooking the GX2 up to my plasma screen. If the consensus is no, feel free to PM me if you're interested in buying the GX2 off me. I'll hook you up :) 
November 22, 2006 8:20:48 AM

Should work ok, but I don't now from experience. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't.
November 22, 2006 9:02:04 AM

if only you were in the UK, id be willing to buy :p 

edit: or actually, can I have the gf? :D  Ill trade you for mine...
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November 22, 2006 9:41:30 AM

between those 2 cards, not sure... simply because of the drivers in use... nvidia offers nforce drivers meant for only the G80, and then nforce drivers meant for all previous generation cards (there had to be a reason for seperating them, aside from the download size, though, that may be the only reason they seperated them)

so, physically theyll fit, but your issue is going to reside primarily with driver compatabilities, if the drivers will, 'play nice' together when both cards are installed simultaneously... theoretically there shouldnt be a problem, especially since theyre both from the same company, and im sure they wouldnt want a conflict like that... but, again, it would come down to driver compatability in the end... ...maybe nvidia will compile some downloadable drivers that will work with all of the cards, without question even... but, for now, i cant say for sure.
November 22, 2006 9:56:16 AM

Now THATs what I call a girlfriend 8O :lol: 

But yea, could work, I cant recall anything speaking against it.
November 22, 2006 9:58:16 AM

It won't period. So you can give me that 7950 for Christmas. Santa Clause that Fat-Arse didn't give me sh!t last Christmas.

Oh and you're girlfriend, does she have a sister?
November 22, 2006 10:34:51 AM

I have a 800xl if you want to trade your girlfriend! :p 
November 22, 2006 11:39:47 AM

You didn't mention what PSU you have... those cards are going to draw crazy amounts of power.
November 22, 2006 12:01:01 PM

Yes they should work fine as long as your power supply is good enough.
November 22, 2006 12:28:23 PM

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Yes they should work fine as long as your power supply is good enough.


What are the chances of that? You would need over 50A.

Normally, id say its possible, but they will both be using two different DirectX software.
November 22, 2006 1:09:55 PM

Chances are, that right now, they won't work together. You're going to have a lot of conflicts. Just use the G80 for now 8)
and woahh.. i'm envious. :roll: That's any gamer's dream girlfriend!
November 22, 2006 1:39:07 PM

It's not going to work at all. As stated above the drives are totally different. Normal Nvidia driver wont even recognizes the card. Besides you would need a 800w PSU. Just run both off of the 8800 if will do it with no problem.
November 22, 2006 2:03:53 PM

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It's not going to work at all. As stated above the drives are totally different. Normal Nvidia driver wont even recognizes the card. Besides you would need a 800w PSU. Just run both off of the 8800 if will do it with no problem.
That's a good point; I completely forgot that the Geforce 8 Series uses it's own version of the Forceware drivers, and installing them both at the same time likely won't work well.
November 22, 2006 2:59:55 PM

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Normally, id say its possible, but they will both be using two different DirectX software.


No, they use different drivers. DX has nothing to do with it.
November 22, 2006 3:30:40 PM

I don't think my PSU would be a problem; it's a thermaltake toughpower 750W supply.

So I assume the new Forceware drivers are not backwards compatible with DirectX 9 based cards? Shame.

Also, does anyone have an Antec 900 case (that's what I have)? Someone said in another thread that the 8800 might not fit inside. Can anyone chime in on that?
November 22, 2006 5:39:40 PM

Well, it looks like the GX2 has to go. Anyone want it? I'll overnight it to you for $300.
November 23, 2006 3:47:56 AM

So how much for the 7950GX2???
November 23, 2006 6:25:18 AM

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So how much for the 7950GX2???


$300. Won't charge for shipping.
November 23, 2006 12:50:16 PM

What brand is the GX2?
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