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Windows 7: Using 2 monitors with 1 GPU. OK to use different 2 GPU brands for each

05 Oct 2012   #1
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Using 2 monitors with 1 GPU. OK to add 2nd GPU; one for each monitor?

My video editing software renders much faster with compatible GPUs. I recently upgraded to a nVidia GTX 560 Ti which improved rendering 16%. I've like using two monitors but the second monitor drags down rendering performance of what it could be. I was wondering if using my old GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5670 as a second GPU would cause issues? This would not be a SLI setup, just one GPU for each monitor.


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06 Oct 2012   #2
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Anyone know if this is OK to do?
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06 Oct 2012   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

In theory it should be OK. In practice, won't know until you try.
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06 Oct 2012   #4
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks
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06 Oct 2012   #5
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm curious as well....let us know what happens....
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06 Oct 2012   #6
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I'm concerned about multiple drivers, nVidia & AMD, clashing.

Any thoughts?
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06 Oct 2012   #7
mrdemon

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

install the 2nd Card, let windows do its thing, Use the main power full card for gaming and its own drivers, should be just fine, no different too having 2 different hard drives.
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06 Oct 2012   #8
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrdemon View Post
install the 2nd Card, let windows do its thing, Use the main power full card for gaming and its own drivers, should be just fine, no different too having 2 different hard drives.
You did mean 2 different graphic cards not "...different hard drives", right? I'll give it a try. Thanks!
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07 Oct 2012   #9
mrdemon

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

Yea, I was using it as a example, Yea, install the 1st major GFX and then place the other one in and let Windows install its own drivers.
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07 Oct 2012   #10
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post
I'm concerned about multiple drivers, nVidia & AMD, clashing.

Any thoughts?
Theoretically, they shouldn't. They get data from win 7 and output to screens. they don't talk to each other.

Still, have you tried using the integrated graphics for the secondary monitor? this thread seems to say it's worth a try. Cuts down a bit power consumption.
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