Two graphic cards - nVidia and ATi at once?

Hi.

This is probably a very stupid question, but I'll give it a go anyways :P

I am currently running a dual monitor setup, powered by Windows 7 Enterprise x64, a 260 GTX, a q9300 at stock speeds, 4 GB ram and a corsair 520 hx psu.

I really want to run tri-monitor, but I do not have money for a new graphics card. I do however have a 120 GT, a 8600 GT and a HD 4850 lying in my closet collecting dust.

So yeah, I'll get to the point: Is it possible to run one of the aforementioned cards alongside my 260 GTX, not in SLI mode or anything like that, but just to power up a third monitor? If yes, how would it work, would both card render games for me (which I do not wish)? What about drivers? Will my PSU cut it?


Thanks so much!
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  1. There is a mod that allows you to run an ATI card as primary and nvidia for physx, but I believe that is all.

    My suggestion would be to install one of the two Nvidia cards and run a display off of it. What you could do it run 2 off of it and leave the 260 for your primary only for gaming.
  2. You can keep it your primary display, at least with Win 7. I just tested it out, it was super simple to change it from primary to 2ndary.

    But ya, you could do as jay2tall said as well.
  3. Hi guys

    Thanks for your answers

    So I just put one of the other cards in the second PCI-E slot and it will automatically work?
  4. No, you need to do a little more than that. Nvidia has made it not work with their drivers for a while now.

    Follow this guide: http://www.overclock.net/graphics-cards-general/633137-guide-enable-ati-nvidia-physx-single.html

    Skip step 2, because you'll be connecting a real monitor to the Nvidia card.
  5. Unfortunately, I haven't used this driver version, so I can't give you first hand knowledge on this versions stability. The one I use is older and I didn't save the link to it. I'm too lazy to look for it :P
  6. Hi,

    thanks for replying

    What you linked was for an ATI card and seems great, but seeing it as I have a 520 HX psu and cant afford to upgrade that neither, what if I wanted to use the 8600 gt or 120 gt? Would it just be plug and play then?
  7. Possibly, as I have no first hand knowledge, I couldn't tell you for sure. What OS are you running? I don't think it would work in Vista, but XP and win7 allow it.
  8. Enterprise (which is basically ultimate as far as i know) x64
  9. That's the version of the OS, but it not the OS itself. Sounds like it's either Vista or Windows 7. If it's Windows 7, it should work, but not with Vista.
  10. Windows 7 yes, sorry
  11. If you install another Nvidia card, it should just use the same drivers as your current card without issue. Installing an ATI card will require work if it is possible.
  12. I am running Windows XP 32-bit right now and i have 2 x ATI x1300's & an Nvidia FX5200 all running at the same time... it's my work machine, it's a Dell...

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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 1/15/2010, 11:35:27
    Machine name: RI1Y4NYD1DSK
    Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090804-1435)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: OptiPlex 745
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 2.3.1
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6700 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)
    Memory: 3070MB RAM
    Page File: 886MB used, 8150MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

    ------------
    DxDiag Notes
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    DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Display Tab 2: No problems found.
    Display Tab 3: No problems found.


    ---------------
    Display Devices
    ---------------
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce FX 5200
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&SUBSYS_B3093842&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 128.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
    Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0011.7519 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 5/16/2008 14:01:00, 6108928 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: n/a
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a


    Card name: Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
    Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x7183)
    DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_7183&SUBSYS_0D021028&REV_00
    Display Memory: 256.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
    Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6925 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 2/25/2009 16:41:10, 325120 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: n/a
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a


    Card name: Radeon X1300/X1550 Series Secondary
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
    Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x71A3)
    DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_71A3&SUBSYS_0D031028&REV_00
    Display Memory: 256.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
    Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6925 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 2/25/2009 16:41:10, 325120 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: n/a
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
  13. Thanks so much for your feedback guys; I have a last question though: Will my current 520 HX be able to both power a q9300, a 260 gtx and a 120 gt or 8600 gt?

    Thanks so much, this really appeals to me
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