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Two Different Graphics Cards

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July 2, 2008 6:19:22 PM

Does anyone know if it is possible to run two different graphics cards in the same PC? I have a ASUS K8V-SE Duluxe MB with an AGP slot occupied with an ATI Radeon 9800 PRO card running two monitors. I want to add an nvidia 5500 PCI (not express) video card to run another monitor. Does anyone know if this will work?

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a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2008 6:48:29 PM

Yes it will. I used to have a friend who day traded had 6 monitors hooked up to 3 different video cards. You should have no problem with just two of them.
July 2, 2008 6:52:18 PM

What OS are you using? I know people have had bad luck with mixing video card manufacturers in Vista.
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July 2, 2008 7:18:44 PM

I'm running Windows 2000 Professional

I know it is possible to run multiple cards I am just not clear if you can run two different brands and one in an AGP slot and one in a PCI slot.

I also trade the market and will evenually have 6 monitors but the setup to do that is a MB with 3 PCIe slots and 3 identical video cards.

Thanks for the help.
July 2, 2008 7:22:33 PM

I do not think that is possible. You would need to video cards that use the same video driver. There is only one video driver in windows.
July 2, 2008 7:46:46 PM

Thanks hsarc. That's what I was concerned about. I didn't know if windows would recognize two different drivers and for that matter two different brand video cards.

If anyone else has any thoughts on this I would like to hear them.
July 3, 2008 12:12:51 AM

Actually it will work. I know it works in XP/Vista (although I have heard there are some problems when trying with Vista) so I doubt it will be much different with Windows 2000.

July 3, 2008 3:14:53 AM

Thanks yadga. I have the nvidia card on the way and will post the results here when I get it.
July 3, 2008 3:53:16 PM

You can mix video card brands in XP, and Im sure you can in 2K.
July 3, 2008 4:06:13 PM

Thanks Kaldor,

Some have said yes and some have said no. I have purchased a used nVidia 5500 video card on the hope that it will work. I will be receiving the card on Monday the 7th of July and will try to install it. I will post the results here so we can lay the issue to rest. Thanks again to you and all the others for your participation.
July 3, 2008 6:29:39 PM

Vista has an issue where only one video driver can be installed. XP doesnt and I would be willing to bet 2k doesnt either.
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a b C Monitor
April 14, 2010 3:17:58 AM

Hi Guys, i want to achieve 10 separate displays using 2x Leadtek Quadro NVS 450 - $611 and 2 built-in MB display ports. Leadtek Quadro NVS 450 card uses PCIe16, i'm afraid that if i plug in the Quadro card it would disable the onboard graphic card which mean i can only achieve 8 displays. Does anyone know any MB that accept 2 graphic cards but not disable the built-in graphic card.

Thanks heaps
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April 14, 2010 6:47:56 AM

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April 14, 2010 2:40:05 PM