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Hi everyone,

Just had an idea here since I like to do various GPU computing tasks. Right now I have 2 GTX580s working just fine (slot #1 / slot #7). I do happen to have an older ATI 5970 sitting here that I'd really like to use for AMD GPU tasks. I've never gone about trying to install one of each maker's cards into a system though. Would I load both drivers for each card? I don't need to plug my monitor into the 5970 - just set it up in the task control panel if you will. Board is an SR-2.

I figure it'd be similar to using my second 580 (which is in slot #7 and isn't set up in SLI due to bridge length). I plugged it in, installed drivers and just had GPU tasks detect and use the card without issue (though I can't of course use it for games). If I just plug the ATI card in, install their drivers, and use it only for specific tasks, it should be fine then, right, since I'm not actually asking for it to drive my main display or anything else? The biggest question I'm wondering is if there'd be any kind of driver conflict since I've not done this before.

PSU is EVGA's own SR-2 unit. Has more than enough juice to run the system.

Thanks.
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Check out my sig rig - it runs fine. No driver conflicts or any problems at all. I game on the 6970 and run extra monitors/GPU compute on the gtx 460.

You shouldn't have any problems either.
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Cool. Thanks wink.gif
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Well just set up the AMD card today in Slot #5. Just installed the drivers and sure enough, had no problems getting it to show up after a shutdown/reboot. MSI Afterburner (latest) wasn't being nice but if I do switch the monitor plug into the AMD card, it does correctly allow me to adjust everything - just not while my GTX580 is plugged in (the card shows up but it's adjustable sliders are locked out).

Maybe in this special case I'll make a dummy plug or what not but at least it's nice to know that the cards seem to be playing along just fine together.
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Well just set up the AMD card today in Slot #5. Just installed the drivers and sure enough, had no problems getting it to show up after a shutdown/reboot. MSI Afterburner (latest) wasn't being nice but if I do switch the monitor plug into the AMD card, it does correctly allow me to adjust everything - just not while my GTX580 is plugged in (the card shows up but it's adjustable sliders are locked out).
Maybe in this special case I'll make a dummy plug or what not but at least it's nice to know that the cards seem to be playing along just fine together.

I should add, AB had no trouble OCing both cards individually. That was with both of them plugged into at least one monitor, though.
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Yeah right now I only have the GTX plugged into a monitor. Looks like I'll need a dummy plug or just take a moment to swap the cable back and forth now and then.
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