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i wanna run 2 different cards in on my mobo that has 2 pci-e slots. its a GA-X38-DS4. and i wanna run an hd 3850 and a Geforce 7300. is this possible?
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uh... yeah
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Yeah, you can do 4 monitors this way
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Wow too bad you can't run an ATI and an Nvidia Icon...that would confuzle
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You might have a bit of trouble with one brand's drivers wanting to override the other's, but you should be alright. I successfully had a 7600GT and a X600 together in the same machine with only a few initial hiccups.
Currently, I have a 7900GS and a 7600GT in the same machine, and everything runs smoothly.
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ATI/Nvidia/3DFX together is no problem. Two card by the same mfgr though must be able to run off the same driver.

Oh. and the ever present Ultramon mention
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Sooo, do they disply the same thing (mirror image) or does each monitor display it's own thing? Like, play games on GPU 1 then have movie playing on the other? Do you need two mouses?
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Originally Posted by BabyHerc View Post
Sooo, do they disply the same thing (mirror image) or does each monitor display it's own thing? Like, play games on GPU 1 then have movie playing on the other? Do you need two mouses?
Well, I suppose you've found your answers by now, but..........

Multi monitor support has been built into Windows since Win98se that I know of. Just slap in two video cards or one that has two outputs (usually VGA and DMI), hook up a second monitor, and you're there.

Yes, each monitor can be a separate desktop. Or, you can spread one desktop over all the monitors ...it's all there, whatever you want, any way you want it. Different resolutions on each monitor, no problem. One of the "problems" though with using multiple monitors is that once you try it, you can never go back to only one! All my daily use boxes for the last 10-12 years have been multiple (up to 4) monitor setups.

As for gaming, alas, most games do not support multiple monitors. Simply, they "take over" the video function from Windows. And, before you ask, no...you can not run dual monitors in SLI nor Crossfire.

As for two "mouses", well MS did release some software to allow two mice at the same time, but I never got around to trying it. Would be kinda useless, wouldn't it?
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Well, I suppose you've found your answers by now, but..........

Multi monitor support has been built into Windows since Win98se that I know of. Just slap in two video cards or one that has two outputs (usually VGA and DMI), hook up a second monitor, and you're there.

Yes, each monitor can be a separate desktop. Or, you can spread one desktop over all the monitors ...it's all there, whatever you want, any way you want it. Different resolutions on each monitor, no problem. One of the "problems" though with using multiple monitors is that once you try it, you can never go back to only one! All my daily use boxes for the last 10-12 years have been multiple (up to 4) monitor setups.

As for gaming, alas, most games do not support multiple monitors. Simply, they "take over" the video function from Windows. And, before you ask, no...you can not run dual monitors in SLI nor Crossfire.

As for two "mouses", well MS did release some software to allow two mice at the same time, but I never got around to trying it. Would be kinda useless, wouldn't it?
Thanks for the explanation!
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i wanna run 2 different cards in on my mobo that has 2 pci-e slots. its a GA-X38-DS4. and i wanna run an hd 3850 and a Geforce 7300. is this possible?
Both of those cards have dual outputs. With either you could run dual monitors. With both installed you could run 4 monitors, two off each card. As I stated above though, you may have problems installing both the Nvidia and the ATI drivers on the same system.

What I'm on now (sig) I have Nvidia Gforce4 drivers and 3DFX Voodoo drivers installed with zero issues.

I've never owned an ATI card, so I can't say anything about those drivers w/Nvidia for sure. You should look into that first if you plan on getting another card.
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