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Three GPUs on system with only one discrete graphics card?

By ViPeRMiMiS
Sep 19, 2011
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  1. Hello guys, I have a question that I can't find an answer on the net anywhere.
    If I buy a Sandy Bridge processor such as Core i5 2500K for exaple, this CPU has a GPU inside the CPU right? (HD 3000 right?). Secondly, let's say my motherboard has onboard graphics. So I install a discrete GPU and then I have 3 gpus without crossfire/sli ? How can I use the 3 of them simultaneusly ?
    Please answer this question is bugging me for ages xD
    Thanks
     
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,608   +295

    You can't. Your motherboard (Z68 chipset) might support switching between the discrete cards and the on CPU gpu for power saving. But you basically use one or the other. There is no provision for utilizing the power of all 3 graphics systems.
     
  3. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 207

    as arris said , you can only use one of them at the same time
     
  4. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Thank you very much :D
     
  5. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Thanks :D
     
  6. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 207

    you are welcome:)
     
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    In your example you only have two GPUs. The Sandy Bridge CPU and a compatible motherboard combine to give you one onboard GPU.
     
  8. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Thanks :D
     
  9. wiak

    wiak TS Enthusiast Posts: 42

    depends on motherboard if you have a amd motherboard and/or apu you can run them with surroundview with a amd discrete graphics card and use all the display outputs

    amd's discrete graphics cards support upto 6 displays from a single card using eyefinity technology, and you get superior graphics performance compared to intel
     
  10. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Thank you very much :D
    I don't want to use EyeFinity and those useless things. I mean what's the point of using 6 monitors? OMG!! One Monitor FullHD is fine for everyone :D
     

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