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How would I accomplish this? I've seen a lot of people do it, and I want to do it myself too.

I've got a 5770 sitting in my closet. I can use that. My goal is just to be able to connect two more monitors to my setup.

Can someone tell me what is involved. Plug the card in, and go, or do I have to change the card status in BIOS, or have I a chance of messing up my drivers like it did when I added a second 5870, or what?

Thanks.
Edited by De-Zant - 5/18/11 at 9:41am
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Yea just plug it in and go. Make sure to connect the extra monitors up before you boot, or Windows may not enable the card
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Will the processing of the image on the displays connected to the second card still be done by the 5870?
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Yes, I have two GTX 275's and four monitors. Both cards sit at the same temperature so they both process the image.
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I'm not planning on crossfire, I'm planning on putting a lower end card in my rig to get two more display ports.

In this case, would the 5770 do the image, or would the 5870 do it? I'm just curious, since these aren't identical cards. I technically have 2x 5870 but I can't get the drivers to work as such, and I think the temps might get mighty high in CFX
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by De-Zant View Post
Will the processing of the image on the displays connected to the second card still be done by the 5870?
No, the second card will do it's own work. Just make sure the 5870 is set as the primary adapter so your games and such will render there


What is the problem with running both of your 5870s? Driver issues?

You should be able to run those with CF disabled same as with the 5770
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post #7 of 11
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No, the second card will do it's own work. Just make sure the 5870 is set as the primary adapter so your games and such will render there


What is the problem with running both of your 5870s? Driver issues?

You should be able to run those with CF disabled same as with the 5770
Driver issues driver issues driver issues. Just couldn't get them to work. Luckily they were both free to me.


Anyhow, where do I set the primary adapter? BIOS?

Will I have to install drivers for the 5770? If I do, I'm not doing it. I don't want to mess up my 5870 drivers that I spent hours on getting installed.


Also, two 5870 completely block outs the top cards airflow, which might be dangerous for the card. I'd prefer to use the 5770 for this reason for this purpose, since it leaves some airroom.
Edited by De-Zant - 5/18/11 at 9:38am
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Should be able to use the same drivers, as they are both ATIs

The top card(5870) will probably be the primary by default, but you can just select once you setup your monitor orienation in Windows. just make sure the screen you select as "primary" is connected to the 5870 and you should be good
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Yeah.

I'm gonna try either tomorrow or the day after. We'll see how it goes.

1x 2048x1536, 1x 1920x1200, 1x 1920x1080, 1x 1856x1392

Should be fun.
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Originally Posted by De-Zant View Post
Yeah.

I'm gonna try either tomorrow or the day after. We'll see how it goes.

1x 2048x1536, 1x 1920x1200, 1x 1920x1080, 1x 1856x1392

Should be fun.
I'd like to see that setup.
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