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Running i5 2500k Integrated Graphics & Discrete Graphics at the same time

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Hey all,

Here is my current setup (2+ years now):

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
i5 2500k @ 4.7 GHz / 1.39v
Asus HD 7970 Video Card - flashed with the Asus R9 280X Matrix Platinum BIOS (running at 1170 / 1700 clocks)

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I have been running my primary (gaming monitor) on the discrete HD 7970, while my second monitor is used for sometime streaming live tv or just displaying stats while i play on the first. The logic behind it was that i wanted the Discrete Graphics card to focus on just the gaming, while using the integrated graphics for the rest.

Here is what i am wondering:
1) Does having Integrated Graphics enabled lower the potential overclock capabilities of my CPU? I am hoping to hit 4.8GHz+ on the 2500k so if integrated graphics is hurting that, it would be silly not to disable it.

2) What kind of GPU performance hit will i take on gaming, if i just plug both monitors into the HD 7970 and disable integrated graphics all together?

3) Has anyone else here tried my setup or do most of you stick with dual monitors on the discrete graphics?

I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere and half the people claim that you can't even run the setup i have (which is obviously not true lol, as i have done with this my older HD 6950 for years).
Edited by Ruski1982 - 11/19/13 at 7:00pm
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any experts care to comment? Someone must have tried this before!
Edited by Ruski1982 - 11/20/13 at 12:54pm
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Only time I've heard of that tried was with a program called Lucid. I tried Lucid and hated it as it messed up my windows install pretty bad. It's geared for exactly what you are talking about doing as well as combining them for performance gains. I'm no expert on doing what you are trying though, so take that with a grain of salt. Just making you aware of a program you might not know existed.

I'd like to also add that I run a small side monitor off the same card that I run my main monitor and as far as I know there is no performance hit. If I was trying to stretch my games across both monitors yes, there would be a performance hit due to the larger resolution.
Edited by Cavey00 - 11/20/13 at 12:58pm
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post #4 of 4
you shouldn't need to worry the 7970 has more than enough ompf to handle two monitors and focus on the gaming. software splitting of the resources is more taxing than it needs to be for a computer and your better off using your discrete graphics.
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