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Hi guys,

I have a Gigabyte 6850 and my friend wants to upgrade his graphics card.
His current graphics card is the Gigabyte GTX 470.
I am going to upgrade soon aswel but for now i want to know if you can run these two cards together.

I know there will be driver problems and all that stuff but can I use the NVIDIA card as a physx card maybe?
Will they work like that?

Thanks for all your help!
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As far as I know, this series of mobos is the only one capable of running cross-vendor cards.
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Yes you can but you need certain boards. I believe Lucida Hydra engines do this. An example of this would be CH IV Extreme.


*Lucid Hydra CrossLinx 3 makes it possible to combine multi-GPU graphics cards from any generation and vendor on the same motherboard giving PC users greater flexibility and enabling vastly increased performance, free of compatibility limitations.

From CH IV Extreme details on newegg.
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Thanks alot guys!

Guess I can't do it with my rampage 3 then.Time to save up for a 6990 or a 6970 if i can't wait.(not into flashing the 6950, don't trust myself:D)

should i get a 6970 or get another 6850 and xfire it? hmm cheaper
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post #5 of 29
As long as you have windows 7 and at least 2 pci-ex slots you can run both, the nvidia as physx.

Edit: have a look at this thread.
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post #6 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by noobsrus;13168102 
Thanks alot guys!

Guess I can't do it with my rampage 3 then.Time to save up for a 6990 or a 6970 if i can't wait.(not into flashing the 6950, don't trust myself:D)

should i get a 6970 or get another 6850 and xfire it? hmm cheaper

actually you can run ati and nvidia, you just need the physix hack, and a board that has 2 or more pci-e slots. look for the physix hack on google. i think the latest is 1.04ff. but there might be a new one out there.
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post #8 of 29
As a combined card - Lucid Hydra

As two separate cards with the NV running Physx, you need to hack it.

As two separate cards folding, windows 7.
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post #9 of 29
Thread Starter 
lol i heard you can do it with a driver hack but didn't know if it was true.
Thanks guys!
i might try it. ^^
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post #10 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by justarealguy;13168201 
As a combined card - Lucid Hydra

As two separate cards with the NV running Physx, you need to hack it.

As two separate cards folding, windows 7.


you need windows 7 for the bold part too, earlier versions don't support 2 different gpu drivers.
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