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Workstation + gaming card in one cpu, possible?

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April 25, 2011 6:23:48 PM

Hello,

I've been searching for useful info on this but it's really hard to find anything.. i'm an architecture student that uses CAD software, mostly rhino and revit for 3d modeling and rendering engines like maxwell. I recently discovered that workstation cards, like the ati firepro series really excel at working with these programs much more than a gaming card (n00b). Thing is, i also love to play games on my pc on the highest settings possible. I currently have an Intel DX58SO2 LGA1366 motherboard, is it possible to hook both a gaming and a workstation card in the same motherboard without any problems? (let's say for example if i want both an ati firepro V7800 and my current gaming card (ATI Radeon AX5770 1Gb DDR5 together)... would it work? or is it possible to install the WS card drivers to a gaming card or vice-versa? Thanks in advance. Excuse the poor knowledge, i know it's a pain..

my specs:

- intel core i7 970@3.4Ghz
- Mother board Intel DX58SO2 LGA1366
- 12Gb RAM (4Gb x3) DDR3
- ATI Radeon AX5770 1Gb DDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 x16
- Antec Nine Hundred ATX cabinet
- windows 7 premium x64

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April 25, 2011 7:37:53 PM

there's honestly a few options.

1) get a couple high-end gaming cards in SLI/CF, the power will be just as good as a firepro/quadro.

2) get a couple high-end workstation cards in SLI/CF, the power will be just as good as a gaming card.

There's really no workstation card that will excel at gaming, and no gaming card that will excel at rendering. my advice, get a couple high-end gaming cards. you're a student after all, you don't need to push a quadro 6000 or firepro 8800.
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April 25, 2011 7:41:41 PM

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Workstation + gaming card in one cpu, possible?


I think your confused about what a cpu is. A cpu is a 1" x 1" piece of silicon with a heatsink on it. It mounts to your motherboard and a fan sits on top of it.
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April 25, 2011 7:44:04 PM

yeah, your i7-970, thats a cpu. your entire rig together, thats a pc. or computer. or rig. or setup. whatever you wanna call it.
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April 25, 2011 7:52:21 PM

I'm not sure how this would work with two PCI-E cards as I've not done it but in the past I have had two different level graphics cards hooked to two different monitors as an extended desktop and used the two monitors for different purposes. Hope that helps but I would check your Mobo user guide to see what it says about independent cards in PCI-E slots. I have done this with on-board/AGP, on-board/PCI and PCI/AGP.
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April 25, 2011 8:16:35 PM

geekapproved said:
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Workstation + gaming card in one cpu, possible?


I think your confused about what a cpu is. A cpu is a 1" x 1" piece of silicon with a heatsink on it. It mounts to your motherboard and a fan sits on top of it.


yeah srry, i meant in one PC, on the same motherboard :D 
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April 26, 2011 1:20:57 AM

Best answer selected by luishomero.
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April 26, 2011 1:23:33 AM

Thanks to everyone, ill be trying two ATI cards (presumably 2 radeon hd 5970) on crossfire, see how it turns out :) 
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April 27, 2011 11:55:36 AM

That sounds fun... wish I could afford that. ;^)
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April 27, 2011 7:25:10 PM

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