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Can I run 2 Video Cards alternately?


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#1 bigalexe

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 01:15 PM

Can I run 2 video cards alternately?

Card 1 would have 2x DVI Outputs and is what I currently have. It runs decent as a pc application card with my ancient monitor.
Card 2 would have HDMI w/Audio on it but would probably be as budget as I can get for that kind of card. I want it to use Netflix on-demand with my home theater.

I want to know if I can run the 2 cards alternately using any method short of cracking the case open everytime I want to swap. I am not afraid of loading one card onto Windows and one onto Ubuntu either since I already have the Dual OS setup.
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Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:18 PM

BIOS setting, must be changed each time.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:48 PM

You don't need to run them alternately. Windows 7 can run 2 different video cards at the same time without a problem. As far as I know, there is no way to shut down a videocard when you are not using it. It will run and at least pull idle power when not in use.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 07:15 PM

You can run both at the same time but keep in mind theyre both going to be drawing power so make sure your PSU can handle it, and they will slow your CPU down a bit. Unless your severely tasking the PC you probably wont notice to much, but it will slow it down a bit.

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