Relative noob when it comes to graphics cards. I have two HD 4850s running on crossfire and 2 monitors. Playing around with CCC shows me that 1 is on one monitor and the other on the other. So instead of having two cards handling one game, I have one handling the game and one handling my browser and other apps? Is this true?
If so, what would be a solution to force both cards onto the game?
There really isn't an issue when it come to multible monitors in crossfire and sli. Just get a cheap DVI to vga adapter and problem solved. Note your ress will become limited to the older vga monitor but for most that really isn't a issue unless one has needs that demand higher res.
Oh to add they are both DVI cables and monitors but I couldn't figure out how to get the second monitor to display when I plugged one into the first card and the second into the second.
So I played around with it until I got a converter piece and put the DVI of the second into a VGA and plugged them both into one card.
The 4850s have 1 VGA and 1 DVI (and one HDMI but I don't have a cable for that, should I get one?)
During actual game play I'm pretty sure it's only using one card. I'm playing Starcraft II and during the campaign I can't sustain Ultra graphics. Being that this site has a heirarchy chart saying 2 4850s is the 3rd best option available, I figure I should be able to play max graphics scII but that isn't the case.
So I'm assuming one card per monitor with no crossing.
Only if you need HDMI but if not keep the cash. Two 4850s are a very good setup and pay little attention to those who got more money than sense. Just be sure to keep them clean and they should last you for a few years. By the way in windowed mode you can log more than one account.
lol well thanks but my question more so was;
With my current configuration, am I getting the benefit of two graphic cards for 1 game or are they split 1 card per monitor. Because I don't think the games I'm playing (ala Starcraft II) are performing to the standard that I expect 2x 4850s. And if not, how do I make it so?