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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-22-2019, 09:36 PM - Thread Starter
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How to test various GPU on same computer?

This is probably a dumb question, and I am guessing I know the answer. But it seems very tedious and not effective.

But how does one test multiple GPU using the same computer? (i.e. either personal PC, or a test bench you have)


My current computer (first one i built years back with help from OCN) is a very basic one.

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I recently am getting back into PC and I recently bought a bunch of new hardware so i can tinker around.

atm i have 5 GPU that i bought used.

RX 580, RX 470, Radeon HD 7970, Radeon HD 7850, GTX 560 ti

How can i make sure all of these work fine, as well as stress test them to see that they are ACTUALLY working fine?

the only way I can think of is move video to onboard graphics. uninstall all current GPU drivers. put in GPU i want to test, download drivers. connect back to dedicated GPU. see if it posts. then stress test.

but that is very very tedious and i feel like there is a more efficient way to do this. moreso if you are testing both AMD and Nvidia GPUs.


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I usually just run furmark for ten minutes or so.

You do not have to uninstall drivers and switch to onboard. You may have to reinstall the driver each time you swap the GPU, but uninstalling and switching to onboard is not needed just to test used GPUs.

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Quote: Originally Posted by UltraMega View Post
I usually just run furmark for ten minutes or so.

You do not have to uninstall drivers and switch to onboard. You may have to reinstall the driver each time you swap the GPU, but uninstalling and switching to onboard is not needed just to test used GPUs.
interesting.

whats the way to do this then?

Do i first uninstall my drivers for my current card (the gtx 760 hawk. Also, this will be my main and future card as well. all the GPU i bought will be for other builds), shut the PC off, switch to the used GPU. once powered on, let the computer find and install drivers itself?

Also, if i uninstall my current GPU drivers, wont my screen just go dark? (which is why i thought you have to switch to onboard)

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Install latest amd driver, test your amd cards. Use furmark or OCCT

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Quote: Originally Posted by IMKR View Post
interesting.

whats the way to do this then?

Do i first uninstall my drivers for my current card (the gtx 760 hawk. Also, this will be my main and future card as well. all the GPU i bought will be for other builds), shut the PC off, switch to the used GPU. once powered on, let the computer find and install drivers itself?

Also, if i uninstall my current GPU drivers, wont my screen just go dark? (which is why i thought you have to switch to onboard)
You do not need to uninstall anything. You can just shut down your PC and swap the GPUs. Your computer may boot to windows in a low resolution until the driver is installed, but that's it. Usually these days you can install the driver through windows update without issue, but if not just install manually and thats is.

People on OCN will tell you to uninstall the driver each time because people here like to be very tidy, but for testing old GPUs there is no reason to do this. You can uninstall any extra driver software at the end.

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Quote: Originally Posted by UltraMega View Post
You do not need to uninstall anything. You can just shut down your PC and swap the GPUs. Your computer may boot to windows in a low resolution until the driver is installed, but that's it. Usually these days you can install the driver through windows update without issue, but if not just install manually and thats is.

People on OCN will tell you to uninstall the driver each time because people here like to be very tidy, but for testing old GPUs there is no reason to do this. You can uninstall any extra driver software at the end.

awesome thanks for the help. sorry for asking such a basic question. I just never had the chance to dive deep with hands on experience into multiple PC hardware.

last final stupid question if you dont mind.

once im done testing the "new" used GPU, and i swap back to my main one, how can i ensure that i am correctly completely uninstalling the drivers of the tested GPU?

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awesome thanks for the help. sorry for asking such a basic question. I just never had the chance to dive deep with hands on experience into multiple PC hardware.

last final stupid question if you dont mind.

once im done testing the "new" used GPU, and i swap back to my main one, how can i ensure that i am correctly completely uninstalling the drivers of the tested GPU?
You should be able to just uninstall them from the apps list. On windows 10, right click on the start button and go to apps and features.

The Nvidia installer will also give you the option to do a clean install, so it will remove any old NVidia drivers during installation. I believe AMD has this feature as well but not sure.

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awesome thanks for the help. sorry for asking such a basic question. I just never had the chance to dive deep with hands on experience into multiple PC hardware.

last final stupid question if you dont mind.

once im done testing the "new" used GPU, and i swap back to my main one, how can i ensure that i am correctly completely uninstalling the drivers of the tested GPU?
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