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I just had a thought yesterday, in a PC, could you put two different GPU's in the system, not the same model, or type, but let's say, an Nvidia Quadro 6000 and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 590. Now the Quadro is a workstation GPU and the 590 is more for the gaming market, so could you put these two in the same system, not using SLI of course, but so if you were doing 3D work, the Quadro would do the work, and when gaming, the 590 would be used. Just a thought, cheers!

asked Jun 23 '11 at 13:34

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I think that is called dual sli for nvidia. Should look it up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Link_Interface

ATI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_CrossFire

answered Jun 23 '11 at 13:38

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edited Jun 23 '11 at 13:39

Though ideally, two identical graphics cards should be used

(Jun 23 '11 at 13:41) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

It looks like both cards can do that

(Jun 23 '11 at 13:46) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

I don't mean to run SLI. I mean to have two different GPU's to run for different things as the Quadro is meant as a workstation setup and the GTX 590 is a gaming GPU.

(Jun 23 '11 at 13:55) RedOrangeStudios RedOrangeStudios's gravatar image

Unless you are going to switch the modes every time, it is not theoretical

(Jun 23 '11 at 13:57) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

I don't think so as i run 2 X ATI 5850 crossfired but with out the part to connect them together it doesn't work.

answered Jun 23 '11 at 14:02

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you will run into problems, you could probably use one as a dedicated physx card. you'll also be drawing a lot more power and it might cause some issues in games or general usage. you'd also need 2 PCI-E x16 slots to work them both, some boards will downgrade 2 x16 slots if there both filled to x8.

thats about the only thing i know you can do with 2 different Nvidia cards in the same machine.

answered Jun 23 '11 at 14:27

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What about just using the GTX590 for both work and play? It can do that, you know...

answered Jun 23 '11 at 18:31

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