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Can I run vid card and Onboard Graphics at same time?


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#1 bigalexe

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 08:47 AM

I am going to be getting a mainboard that has onboard graphics, and I have a video card with dual monitor support. In Windows 7 can I use this setup to run a single monitor off the mainboard and another 2 off the video card so I get a triple-head setup?
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:25 AM

Certainly if you want to. Hopefully they all can use the same driver family i.e. all ATI or Nvidia?
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 12:52 PM

A lot depends on the motherboard. In most cases yes, you can. In some cases, if the board supports ATI hybrid crossfire, if your dedicated card is of the same series as the integrated, you can even crossfire the two together for better performance. In any case, it most certainly wouldnt hurt to try it.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 03:27 PM

Darn, the GPU's aren't even close.

The board has an ATI HD4200 (it's an AMD board so go figure), and the card I have is an Nvidia 8600. Definitely not the same and not Crossfire-Able.

I will look into getting an ATI card though now that I know what I can do.
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 04:48 PM

might want to check if the board supports it as well. Just cuz the board has an ATI graphics card doesnt mean that it will support hybrid crossfire. Some do, some dont.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:58 PM

After a bit of research the board chipset of 785g (improvement on the 780g) does support hybrid crossfire... however it only supports using crappy cards.

Also since we are paralleling my other thread about whether or not I need a video card anyway: My 8600gt card has 2xDVI connectors, so there's no audio to be found :thumbsup:
A link to an old page is here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150258

I think in the end what I am going to do is utilize the HDMI on the board I get when I use my home TV. Then use the 8600GT to connect to my desktop monitors. Then when I want to go triple-head I will go ahead and get two good ATI Video Cards and run them in Crossfire, just ignoring the Integrated graphics all-together.
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:28 PM

That card does have a built in sound controller, however, you need a DVI to HDMI converter for it to work. You will need something like this in order to make it work however, either that or a adaptor to HDTV cables, but youd be better off with the HDMI adaptor.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:46 PM

so you are saying that I CAN get audio from a DVI port with a converter cable? That is just so full of win it's incredible.

I actually have a converter cable but never used it with my tv because I had the VGA already run and never got around to swapping them out. Also I know that VGA has a crappy res but after I sit back 5-6 feet I can't really see anything above 1360x768 res anyway.

As soon as I get my system built next week Im trying this out.
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