Running 2 different graphics card not SLI

By Atropha
Feb 22, 2009
  1. I was wondering if i can run 2 diffrent graphic card (not SLI) i have a nvidia 8800 GTS
    can i then use a nividia in 9000 series without problems (or better)

    My hardware is
    Motherboard: Asus P5B Delux
    CPU: Intel core 2 Quad Q6600
    RAM: 2 Gb
    Power: MIST 600W (with 4x 20amp rails)
    GPU: Asus 8800 GTS 512Mb

    Windows Vista 32 bit
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Yes you can run 2 video cards not SLI enabled
  3. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Whoa, wait, really? What's the outcome of that??
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Probably nothing spectacular.
  5. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Well, what's the point then? They wouldn't run at the same time...
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Why wouldn't they? People have been running multiple graphics cards for years, well before nvidia and ati got in on sli/crossfire. Thats how people did multiple monitor setups before dual head cards back in the day.
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Another potential use would be for PhysX processing.
  8. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    So, if you're playing a game, you could use two different cards? Or one would be playing the game, and the other would be on the desktop?
  9. FoReWoRd

    FoReWoRd TS Rookie Posts: 204

    essentially yes....
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    If you are using the extra card for PhysX processing, then technically both are running the game. PhysX is pretty GPU-intensive on mid-end cards like the 9800GT, from what I have seen.
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