Topic Title: Dual graphics Cards
Topic Summary: Is it possible to run two graphics cards from different series in the same machine but at different times
Created On: 09/05/2013 07:41 AM
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 09/05/2013 07:41 AM
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I own a Saphire 7970 HD at the momet in my i7 4770k on a z87 g45 mobo and will soon be getting into CAD programs regularly,  What I am wondering is can I have two cards in the same machine? (mine plus a firepro v5000) I have no need to run them at the same time but I would like to avoid continually haveing to go into the mobo and manually swap cards everytime I want to switch applications.  thanks 

 09/05/2013 12:56 PM
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Yes, this is entirely possible. Though you will need a monitor with multiple inputs, or two monitors. The problem resides in telling which card to do what, ie task differentiating. The programs used may allow for choosing the card to be utilized. Or using the bios or control panel to enable/ disable preferred card. Though having an extra card may not be necessary, programs such as solid edge, autocad, keyshot are designed to use the cpu for heavy rendering, limiting the need of a a commercial gpu. In other words, your 7970 should be more than sufficient for the task of cad work.I run all three of these programs exceptionally well on one of my 7870s without even making it sweat.


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