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can you mix and match pci-e gfx cards for multi monitor setup ?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Things change I've changed, 12 May 2006.

  1. Things change I've changed


    Joined: 27 Jul 2005

    Posts: 12,650

    Location: The Orion Spur

    I've had a very hard time looking for information on this topic and am hoping someone on here can enlighten me, my next motherbaord is the intel Desktop Board D975XBX that has 3 pci-e slots, I need to have 3 monitors running off this board, can I put a 7900gtx pci-e in one slot to power 2 screens and then purchase say a cheap 6200 pci-e and run another monitor from that, OR, would I have to match the 7900gtx meaning I would have to buy another one just to run an extra screen ? any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: 12 May 2006
  2. Minstadave


    Joined: 8 Jan 2004

    Posts: 29,088

    Location: Rutland

    You can mix and match but I'd stay with one manufacturer (Nvidia/ATI) just for simplicity and compatibility :)
  3. kevpuk


    Joined: 12 Jul 2005

    Posts: 2,996

    Location: Just over your shoulder

    On this subject, what about having a low power card for everyday use in 1 of the slots ?

    I'm thinking I don't need my X1900XT firing all the time, especially if I just boot to check emails etc. quickly.....so, any ideas on how to disable the XT for some boots and the 'cheapo' for others ?

    I'm thinking BIOS may provide, or perhaps hardware profile in Windows ?