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#1 kamador451

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:17 AM

I have a Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H model motherboard and I using a radeon Hd 5770 graohics card. I have an extra graphics card that is a Nvidia 9600 gso I was wondering if I can install that too into my computer to have a second graphics card onto my computer. Is it possible?

My power supply is a corsair cx600 if the amount of voltage or watts needed is a problem.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:25 AM

You can not put that Nvidia card together with the 5770 because they different brands and different architecture.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:48 AM

that's unfortunate so brands aside, my main question is if my motherboard can fit and use two graphics card

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:06 AM

that's unfortunate so brands aside, my main question is if my motherboard can fit and use two graphics card

According to the specs on all revisions of this motherboard, it appears you only have one PCI Express slot which is PCI-E X16 2.0 standard and one PCI Express X1 slot.

Your motherboard also has built in video.

Below is a list of your expansion slots.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
(The PCI Express x16 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots

Without two PCI Express X16 slots, there is no way you can install both video cards at the same time, regardless of the manufacture name, it is the absence of the video slot that prevents you from doing what you are asking.

Information I used is linked below.

Your GA-MA785GMT-UD2H motherboard specs

http://www.gigabyte.bz/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3478#sp

ATI Radeon HD 5770 specs

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5770/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5770-overview.aspx#1

Nvidia Geforce 9600GSO specs

http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9600_gso_us.html


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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:17 PM

You could use a PCI-Express X1 card, but those are rare. You cannot use two graphics cards on that PC. Also, although you could theoretically install an AMD and Nvidia graphics card into a single computer, the drivers issue would make actually using both a very big hassle. You cannot SLI or Crossfire cards from opposing card developers, you cannot Crossfire an AMD and Nvidia card, nor do SLI.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:47 PM

In theory, if you have a PCI express x1 card or a PCI card, you can install that as well as the primary, but you cannot link them-theyd be working seperatly (which wouldnt be a good idea it would slow the CPU down) theyd draw more power, and as its already been mentioned, the drivers may cause issues. So, it really wouldnt be prudent to do so.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:19 AM

You could use a PCI-Express X1 card, but those are rare. You cannot use two graphics cards on that PC. Also, although you could theoretically install an AMD and Nvidia graphics card into a single computer, the drivers issue would make actually using both a very big hassle. You cannot SLI or Crossfire cards from opposing card developers, you cannot Crossfire an AMD and Nvidia card, nor do SLI.

That has been done before, a AMD and Nvidia card working together :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:49 AM

yeah you could run amd and nvidia in the same system if your motherboard had two slots for it

it is not how ever advisable just a lot of hassles with system resouces
stick with the newer AMD card for now, it has newer hardware than the 9600
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 12:55 PM

I thought if you were to use an Nvidia card for Physx and an AMD card for graphics, drivers may be an issue. But then again, Physx really isn't worth the hassle in terms of raw performance. BTW, I'm not sure if this has changed since Vista, but that OS would not allow for more than one active display driver.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:46 PM

Some games wants you to install "PhysX" like Mafia II when you don't have a Nvidia card :blink:

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:26 PM

I had that happen with Mass Effect, I think the software does something different if there is no Physx-enabled hardware.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:35 PM

Well, I meant as a multiple cards working together. Using a NVIDIA card as physx with an ATI card has been known to work, but not just by plugging them in, the drivers do become a pain. And actually, if you have a hydra enabled motberboard you can mix and match to your hearts content, but this isnt a hydra enabled board.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 09:15 PM

yeah there in lies the issue
his current motherboard lacks the slots for multiple cards to run properly
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while you can make multi vendor cards work, its a constant headache that inevitably
as soon as EITHER upgrades drivers (which is almost weekly lately) you end up back
at the start of forcing them to play nice again

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:16 AM

I had that happen with Mass Effect, I think the software does something different if there is no Physx-enabled hardware.

I was gonna buy Mass Effect but i hadn't finished playing the other games yet :whistle:

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