Can you run 2 graphics cards from 2 different developers?

By TheRonMexico ยท 11 replies
Sep 29, 2005
  1. I have an Nvidia 5200 FX, can i run that with a ati radeon 9250?
    and how?
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    It depends on your goal and your system. If you just want more monitors, you could have an agp 5200 and a pci 9250 in at the same time to give you up to 4 displays(IIRC). They won't "combine" power, they can just let you do several monitors.

    If your talking both cards agp, it's not possible, there are no dual agp boards that I know of.

    Newer pci-e motherboards can use SLI, which means you can use 2 identical nvidia cards in tandem to increase graphics power, but that's only for nvidia pci-e cards in a Sli motherboard.
  3. jarvis

    jarvis TS Rookie Posts: 83

    Also it will cost you a good amount of cash to do this. $100-$150 for an nforce 4 sli mobo..and you would most likely want 2 Nividia 6800GTs or better, which would cost you around $300.00 for each card. But you could run games at maximum settings with absolutely no slow downs. Something I wish I could afford as a college student :bounce:
  4. TheRonMexico

    TheRonMexico TS Rookie Topic Starter

    same here, there are always student loans:approve:!
  5. BillGates

    BillGates TS Rookie Posts: 88


    I thought you could use PCI DVI/VGA dual output cards to accomplish getting more monitors.
  6. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    well maybe

    I did a search on Uli chipsets .
    2 agp 8x
    2 pci-e
  7. jarvis

    jarvis TS Rookie Posts: 83

    "Hi Stafford..can I have a $1,000 add on to my current loan...its for more books!"
  8. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I doubt it has 2 AGP slots as there are none known to do such a thing. I do know that the Uli 1695 allows for PCI-e (even SLI), AGP & PCI to work together, but no dual AGP.
  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I don't see it at your link. AFAIK, the uli m1695 supports 1 or 2 pci-e x16 slots, 1 agp 8x slot, pci slots, and pci-e x1 slots(maybe pci-e x4 too?).

    So while they can use both an agp and pci-e video card at once(and pci too if you wish), they can't support two agp, like in what I said, no dual agp boards.
    Also, if you have both agp and pci-e cards at once, it's not like a sli config, it doesn't combine power of the cards, it just uses them to support more monitors.

    And Bill Gates, yes a single video card supports 2 monitors, so you'd only need more than one video card if you want 3+ displays, or if you want sli.
  10. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    As stated by vnf4ultra
    it is one of each and no sli.
    I misunderstood the article.

    I was remebering agp 8x is dual port/ dvi,vga
    and thought they split it on the board.

    Even tyan had a beta ver dual agp that failed
  11. TheRonMexico

    TheRonMexico TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a friend down on Univ. Cinci. campus that took out a $500 loan for beer money.
    ya...hes at a community college now. friend--->puke:
  12. jarvis

    jarvis TS Rookie Posts: 83

    Wow that kid is my hero now..haha
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