Asus Maximus CrossfireX & SLI... can I combine cards at will?

I have an Asus Maximus V motherboard that I am pretty sure is both CrossfireX ready and SLI ready. Does that mean I can put whatever ati or geforce graphics cards I want and bridge them? I have an AMD Radeon HD 6570 and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 520. Not really planning on bridging them because i think the GT would slow down the AMD. Is there any advantage to having them both in if I only plan to use one monitor? Like couldn't I set the GT up for nongaming junk and the AMD for all games? Anywho, just poking around so not really looking to compare brain wattage with anyone :pt1cable:
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  1. nope it is impossible to combine an nvidia card and ATI card to get the advantages of SLI/Crossfire
  2. I estimate your current brain wattage to be ~250. You should be ok if you don't try to SLI those GT 520's or you might fry youy brains.
  3. You could if you had a board that supports lucid hydra although there is almost 0 advantage to it and even though its been improved SLI/Xfire is still leaps and bounds faster than the other.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lucidlogix-hydralogix-p55a-fuzion,2769-9.html
  4. nVidia drivers does not allow you to pair a GF card with an AMD card to get physics etc. They did this last year or the year before, can't remember.

    But if you can afford a Maximus V get a proper graphics card, i.e. GF GTX560TI / AMD 6950 and above.
  5. steadyjeff said:
    I have an Asus Maximus V motherboard that I am pretty sure is both CrossfireX ready and SLI ready. Does that mean I can put whatever ati or geforce graphics cards I want and bridge them? I have an AMD Radeon HD 6570 and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 520. Not really planning on bridging them because i think the GT would slow down the AMD. Is there any advantage to having them both in if I only plan to use one monitor? Like couldn't I set the GT up for nongaming junk and the AMD for all games? Anywho, just poking around so not really looking to compare brain wattage with anyone :pt1cable:

    I never tried it myself but maybe I should. :)
    But in your case, the 6570 & 520 are both very weak cards. You can do better by getting a single card that is way faster that both of them combined & your life will be easier.
  6. zander1983 said:
    nVidia drivers does not allow you to pair a GF card with an AMD card to get physics etc. They did this last year or the year before, can't remember.

    But if you can afford a Maximus V get a proper graphics card, i.e. GF GTX560TI / AMD 6950 and above.

    I believe they fixed that due to the backlash on the forums and how many people complained about it. Otherwise there is always hacked drivers that support it.
  7. I am looking at maybe getting a Radeon HD4870X2 2GB which isn't the best either but a little more affordable.
  8. ^How much are you getting for those cards?

    They are quite dated (like 4 generations old) & if not too much of a bargain, you are better off investing in single cards new generation cards like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406
    It is $229 after mail-in rebate with free game.
  9. Thanks that about the same price I was going to pay for the other and is 4 slots higher on the Graphics Cards rankings list.
    http://www.overclock.net/t/502403/graphics-card-ranking-5th-time-and-last-updated-daily
  10. 26 and 22 on the list
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