I have two PCI-E GeForce 6800 GT video cards, and one PCI GeForce 6200 in my system. I have an Intel Quad Core Q6600 Overclocked to 3GHz with 2Gig G.SKILL DDR2 800 RAM.
I am not running SLI, but running 5 monitors. Each PCI-E card is a dual DVI card, and the PCI is a single DVI. I wanted to know if I am limiting my performance by having that PCI card in my system. I don't know how windows will handle graphics. Is windows smart enough to use my PCI-E card to the max when I have a graphics intensive app which is being displayed on a monitor handled by the PCI-E card? Will windows limit all processing to the max speed of the slowest card aka the PCI card?
were did you dig those dinosaurs up from? I'm looking to sell my 7900gs, and it looks like I might be getting $35 or less for it these days.
I don't know if there is a limit to the number of screen XP will use, but apart from that; I don't think you are hurting your performance apart from the limitation of sending so much graphical data through the stream.
ROFL, yah that was a typo. I meant to say 8600 GT PCI-E card and 6200 PCI card.
Windows runs fine with the setup. I did notice that if my "primary display" is setup to a monitor on the PCI-E card that I seem to get faster graphics processing. I loaded up Crysis and when my primary display is on the PCI card, the auto-max video setting in Crysis will go to low. When I switch the primary display to a PCI-E monitor, the autodetect video setting goes to medium. I tried to run Crysis in the low setting with the lowest resolution of 800x600 in windowed mode on a PCI-E monitor and it seems like I am getting about 5FPS. The game is unplayable, and the cut scenes are unviewable.
I heard that game was a beast. I figured the game and scenes would be slow, but not that bad. I figured it was something to do with the slow PCI card in my system. I will have to do a benchmark with the card inserted and without some time.