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So I have a GTX 580 and an 8800GTS. I'd like to use the 8800 for a certain older game which seems to have issues with Dx11 cards, but use the 580 for everything else.

Is there a way to do this without constantly cracking my PC open and swapping out cables and cards? I'd like to hook them up in each of my motherboard's PCI-e slots and simply disable whatever one I'm not using.
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post #2 of 11
I'm *pretty* sure that if you put them both in your pc and switch the DVI/HDMI/VGA/D-SUB/DP cable from one to the other, whichever card the monitor is hooked into will render.
post #3 of 11
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I hope it's that simple... lol.
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post #4 of 11
Yup, it is.
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post #5 of 11
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Having both hooked up won't affect bus speeds and I won't have issues due to DirectX, right?
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Zeifer View Post

Having both hooked up won't affect bus speeds and I won't have issues due to DirectX, right?

it depends on your mobo. More details
post #7 of 11
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Works just fine. Thanks guys.
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post #8 of 11
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Does disabling the second GPU in device manager actually power it down? Or is it still going to draw power and create heat?
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post #9 of 11
It does not power it down.
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post #10 of 11
What game do you play that has issues?
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