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Can you have different cards for different things?

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I'm not sure if this has been asked before, but the search function isn't working for me today.

I have a 1GB Radeon 5870. I will upgrade to either a 5xx series Nvidia, or a 7xxx AMD when they hit. I don't want to let my 5870 go to waste, so I started thinking. Could I dedicate my 5870 to folding while getting a new different card for my main purposes(gaming/normal stuff) on the same motherboard? I've heard AMD and Nvidia drivers don't play nice, so would that be viable?

I'm kind of clueless about this so all help is appreciated.
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Yes, you can run run 2 different GPUs together in concert so long as you don't use an SLi/CrossFire bridge. One possible scenario is that you could use one for doing PhysX and the other doing all else.
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Could I have a main ATI card and an nvidia physX card in the same system? I've heard there are hacks but I don't want to make it too complicated...
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Could I have a main ATI card and an nvidia physX card in the same system? I've heard there are hacks but I don't want to make it too complicated...
It's absolutely possible yes, and it has been done. However, you have to do a few tweaks and such. There's a guide on here somewhere and other various guides on the net on how to do it.
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It's absolutely possible yes, and it has been done. However, you have to do a few tweaks and such. There's a guide on here somewhere and other various guides on the net on how to do it.
I see, thank you.
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Are there any known problems with running two different cards not in concert? Is performance or pci bandwidth too limited?
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Could I have a main ATI card and an nvidia physX card in the same system? I've heard there are hacks but I don't want to make it too complicated...
Yes, I am running 4 AMD GPU in Quad-Fire + nVidia PhysX. It is not complicated at all.
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