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Hi all,
as the title says, I need to know if it's possible.
I'm on my way to build a new system for work so, a quadro 2000, would be my choice; I've been also told that running a Geforce would be a good thing (in fact i'm planning on gaming too with the rig).
my question is:
can I run those card on the same system?
will the Geforce be somehow useful for working too?

thanks in advance to all who will reply smile.gif
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Nice question man, i'm gonna buy the same card and run it with a gtx580..i heard that we can but i'm not sure...sorry but i can't answer.
If you find a solution let me know.
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Yes, you can have Quadro and GeForce in the same system and install the drivers for Quadro and Forceware. It depends on how you configure the system, if you need Quadro as you main card for daily work, it has to be primary and the monitor must hook to it. You also can hook monitor to Geforce but only as extended Desktop.

 

For gaming you have to select the Geforce as primary and monitors plug to it. There's no options in NV CP to switch between those cards. The alternative is in Device Manager under Display Adapters to disable one of them if you need the other one as primary.

 

 

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Could you just plug the monitor in to both card? AKA DVI > DVI and DVI > HDMI? Then just switch the monitor setting between the two?
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You can but still Windows will need to know which displays is the Primary. If you want to play games, it is only possible on the primary display. The problem is when the Primary display plug to Quadro, you will have to switch then disable it in Device Manager so you can play on the Geforce as main rendering.

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Oh, I guess Nidia control panel doesn't have option to select a primary display like in ATI?

I haven't used an Nvidia in a while so I'm a little rusty.
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The options to select primary, extend, duplicate or merge/combine resolutions are basically the functions of Windows Screen and Resolution either in Nvidia Contol Panel or Catalyst Control Centre. They can not go different ways.

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You can but still Windows will need to know which displays is the Primary. If you want to play games, it is only possible on the primary display. The problem is when the Primary display plug to Quadro, you will have to switch then disable it in Device Manager so you can play on the Geforce as main rendering.
Can't he just switch primary monitor with the Windows Display settings? It would be a bit easier than via Device Manager.
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Originally Posted by axipher View Post

Oh, I guess Nidia control panel doesn't have option to select a primary display like in ATI?
I haven't used an Nvidia in a while so I'm a little rusty.
Don't forget these are two different drivers.


Can you switch between Firepro and HDxxxx cards in CCC?
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Either FirePro and Radeon or Quadro and Geforce, one of them has to be the main/primary rendering card. Switching display from CCC or NV CP or Windows Screen Resolution is not an issue. If he wants to play games on the Geforce then the primary display has to be on the Geforce and to disable the Quadro in Device Manager.

 

There's no selection in Windows other than in BIOS settings to select "first initialized PCIe".

 

Edit:

 

The closest will have that option to select primary card  from UI is maybe Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z. Don't know how it will work out though.

 

 

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Edited by Ken1649 - 12/21/11 at 9:22am
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Hmm, you think that Nvidia and AMD would implement something like this.

It sounds to me like you would need to reboot and select a primary card through the BIOS which seems quite time-comsuming and un-productive.
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