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OK Kind of a strange question but when running multiple monitors with crossfire, will the bottom card and monitor see GPU as 1 individual gpu, or will it see as a crossfire system or aka 1 giant crossfired gpu's gpu. Then I'm awhere you can run gpus buy them self,but, i like the fact you can turn secondary monitors off and use 1 monitor for primary gaming to get a full render with out all the heavy load. Then when the mood strikes click on the secondary monitors, and know if there being powered by 1 crossfire gpu or will it work like, top slot mounted gpu powering 2 display and bottom mounted gpu powering a couple more displays. Just trying to understand graphic load to monitors and the funtions of crossfire.

If any - one can direct me or has a illustration of vital gpu components, it would help for something like that posted on internet, went looking and couldn't find anything. I will give a example picture down below, and filled in the blanks where I could, I'm not the most knowledgeable.

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All monitors must be connected to the same GPU, the one closest to the processor. Both GPUs are seen by the system, but the secondary GPU is slaved to the master for rendering purposes and has its monitor outputs disabled when you enable CrossFire.

If you want to game, you don't need to turn monitors on and off. Pick which monitor the game goes on by setting a primary monitor in Windows, and you're done.
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Let's see, starting from left up and going around, anyone more experienced correct me if I'm wrong:

Black cube is a choke, also known as coils.
Small brown/chrome chips are ┬┐VRMs?.
Small black chips are MOSFETS.
Those three comprise a VRM section. Don't remember if that's VRM1 or VRM2.

Big Black blocks with many holes are power connectors. You'll see them referenced as x+x in GPU jargon(my card has 8+8). You plug your PSU PCI-E connectors into these.

The array of black cubes it's the same as the previous one, chokes/coils.
VRM= Voltage Regulation Module.
Those blue/silver things are capacitors.
This is another VRM section.

A choke.

Your DVI connector seen from the inside of the card.
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Cool thank both of you, if I don't have a chart trying to explain things, I get it all messed up and call everything by the wrong name. I really in-counter it when explaining water cooling. Then when they ask whats the components function, the only answer I have is "it makes graphics on your monitor." then that's followed by a look of your a frickin meat head.
I'LL post a new pic. with definitions, if any body wants to add to it, let me know or feel free.



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