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Quadro and Geforce in Same Computer?

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This is a question I have out of pure curiosity. If you have a computer with space for multiple video card slots, could you use 2 completely different video cards? In this instance, I'm talking about a Geforce for gaming, then switching to a Quadro for workstation applications at the click of a button. I also know they are the same exact card with different drivers, but I think Nvidia has precautions against that.

As a side question, I know the Quadro has 10 times the performance as the Geforce at workstation applications (I saw different benchmark tests saying so), but what about the other way around? I did do lots of searching and I know the Geforce is much better than the Quadro at gaming, but didn't find any actual numbers.
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With Windows 7 you can have different cards installed in the computer with different drivers for each card, although I'm not sure about how you would go about telling which program to use which.

The cards are far more different than just using different drivers (as you could hack the drivers, or flash the firmware on the card and use it as one or the other) - the Geforce card (compared to its equivalent Quadro card) is much faster than the Quadro - I can't find the benchmark, but I've read reviews showing that.
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With Windows 7 you can have different cards installed in the computer with different drivers for each card, although I'm not sure about how you would go about telling which program to use which.


Some games/apps let you specifically decide which display device to use, but, this is relative to only some apps/games.
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Depends on the programs you are using. The drivers and such aren't much of a problem. Most higher end programs can be set to use whichever card/set of cards, if not directly in the program, through registry edits. Also an option is using the cards through a virtual machine, but that can take quite a bit of setting up to work properly and not suffering from majorly reduced performance.
It isn't advised to mix the cards though.
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