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Nvidia & ATi Video Cards Explained

Q: Nvidia & ATi Video Cards Explained

Although this guide is mainly based on video cards, it was impossible not to cover a bit of the other topics associated with upgrading a video card.

Nvidia GeForce and ATi Radeon Buyers Guide

What do you need a graphics card for? Word processing, internet browsing, gaming?

Many computers have built in (integrated) video cards. This means that when you plug your monitor into the VGA (video graphics array) slot, you're plugging it directly onto a port that is part of the motherboard. This slot is good enough to take you down the internet highway and view sites. Or to do some work on excel, word, or maybe just for sending emails. These are very simple tasks for a graphics "card".

What if you hunger to play the latest games on your PC? Well odds are, your onboard video wont do the job. This is most likely what brought you here.

You've heard that you need a video card and you probably looked through the thousands of listings offering you one, but what does everything mean? If anything, you're probably more confused now than when you started looking into buying a video card.

There are 2 main manufacturers you want to look for when buying a video card, ATi and Nvidia.

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A: Nvidia & ATi Video Cards Explained

So you are publishing a short guide on video cards while on your first post? Great! We need more brave souls on this forum.
We do already have a large number of excellent posts on Video Cards. We will shall see what we shall see.
But this one you posted appears to have been posted on another site. I am not sure, but I think that is a no no on Tech Spot. You might want to ask Julio and the other powers that be.

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I've searched the Net from top to bottom to find some UniVBE drivers that support the nVidia Vanta chipset and I've turned out blank. Does such a thing exist? Like, I can't play Contructor, that's why I'm asking

Someone said that I can find UniVBE drivers for nVidia cards at www.bootdisk.com, but I searched almost every link there and haven't found it.

A:UniVBE for nVidia Vanta (and other nVidia video cards)

advantis I have the same problem. I've looked everywhere but the drivers either have different series numbers (like 1630 or 2311) and I have a (supposedly the last 4 digits are the key).

Just read a long post from 12/01 and that guy didn't have any luck eithr.

They're telling us to live with what we have or ... get a new video card.

gah. But: you mighat want to read this post:
Drivers padutch All Other Software 28 198 12-09-2001 05:29 PM
by padutch

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alotted $500,i am to choose a video card. Now one friend says go ATI another says go Nvidia. I want at least a 256mb but if i get a 256 i want it to be good. I do have SLI on my mobo. I did read that SLI isnt THAT great unless you have super mega cards. DO i go with an SLI feature(2 cards) or stay with oen card?I'd like to have a 512mb but really good but i jsut don't have $800 to spend on a video card. So do i go with one card or two cards. and next to that: do i go with an ATI or a Nvidia?
KEEP IN MIND I'M QUITE A GAMER,have 2 PCIE 16X slots on my mobo(NO AGP), and i shop www.newegg.com for all my pc stuff!

A:ATI vs Nvidia video cards?

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Is there any site that lists which ATI video card is a relative equal to which Nvidia card? I am not as concerned with comparing specs-I can do that by reading on each card but was really looking for a quick reference to compare ATI and Nvidia cards and prices. For instance, the closest ATI card to a XFX GeForce 8600GT XXX card is what? etc....Thanks!

A:Comparison of ATI vs Nvidia video cards

Awesome listing! That is what I was looking for because the numbering system of the different cards wasn't making sense to figure out which cards were comparable. I tried to compare even memory, etc but still wasn't figuring it out....awesome listing-I am looking for best couple of cards I can get under $100 each to run 3+ monitors...was leaning toward a Crossfire based MOBO but was only finding good info/prices on Nvidia....Thanks!

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Can you overclock these cards?

<b>The MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G:</b>
1140 MHz (OC Mode) 1114 MHz (Gaming Mode) 1051 MHz (Silent Mode)

<b>The EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Card: </b>
Core clock of 1050 MHz Boost clock of 1178 MHz

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Anyone using or think you can use Nvidia video cards on an Intel 975XBX2KR Motherboard? I know it can run ATI Crossfire but I am finding better deals on the Nvidia cards. Think those will work okay in this mobo?

A:Nvidia Video cards on Intel BX2 mobo?

It will work on that motherboard but not in SLI mode, that can only be done on nVidia based motherboards.

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I'm not sure if this exact question has been posted, and i'm sorry if it has, but I am planning on buying a new desktop with 3gb memory. I'm not sure yet what kind of video card I want, but my choices are the nvidia geforce 6150, nvidia geforce 7100, 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400, DVI-I, VGA adapter, and 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT DVI-I, HDMI. I really want one that will allow for Sims 2 to run pretty smoothly , but also for one that will run my photoshop cs3. I have the nvidia geforce 6150 on my laptop with 2gb of memory and it runs ok...but it's a little slow. Which of the top options is the best? Is the 8400 a good card? I would rather get the 8400 because it's a better value, and I am assuming that the higher the number the better the card? is that true for nvidia video cards? Will having at least 3gb of memory on the desktop help for the video card to run better?


A:Solved: SIMS 2 and nvidia video cards

sarahelsharif said:


I'm not sure if this exact question has been posted, and i'm sorry if it has, but I am planning on buying a new desktop with 3gb memory. I'm not sure yet what kind of video card I want, but my choices are the nvidia geforce 6150, nvidia geforce 7100, 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400, DVI-I, VGA adapter, and 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT DVI-I, HDMI. I really want one that will allow for Sims 2 to run pretty smoothly , but also for one that will run my photoshop cs3. I have the nvidia geforce 6150 on my laptop with 2gb of memory and it runs ok...but it's a little slow. Which of the top options is the best? Is the 8400 a good card? I would rather get the 8400 because it's a better value, and I am assuming that the higher the number the better the card? is that true for nvidia video cards? Will having at least 3gb of memory on the desktop help for the video card to run better?

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I'm not sure about nvidia cards, but higher numbers USSUALLY mean better card. The exception is probably with the radeon x series cards. The numbers are only between 1k and 2k but they are better than the regular 9k series ATIs from what I understand. As for the memory count. More is always better.

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What program do i use to change the fan speed of my 8800 GS? some people said that you can do it with RivaTuner, but I don't speak RivaTuner.

A:How to change fan speed for Nvidia video cards?

MSI Afterburner

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hey all,

im gonna be swapping out my 660 Ti for a GTX 1060 in a few days and i was wondering if i can keep the current drivers (v375.95) that are installed via the GeForce Experience.
will the GeForce Exp know i have a different video card and automatically find the appropriate drivers for it?
or should i just manually try and uninstall then reinstall whatever is the newest driver
and are the drivers universal across the GTX line of cards?

A:changing video cards and NVIDIA GeForce Experience

All need to be removed before you install the new card.
Windows will install a generic display driver so you can login but download the new driver for the new card before hand so you can manually install it after getting to the desktop
The cd that may come with the card is probably old anyway,
NVIDIA Drivers - Avoid Problems

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Hi.. So my psu got messed up so i have now sent it in and using a old psu without pci-e power so i had to change out my GTX 660 to my old ATI Radeon 4650
Though the gtx 660 kicks donkey in gaming the Radeon is running flash games smoother and some other stuff to
Also a bit of a OpenCL vs CUDA war
When rendering with my AMD A8 laptop with intergrated gpu the rendering times in Sony Vegas 12 accually was shorter than the video with OpenCL gpu acceleration on But with
Cuda acceleration on with my GTX 660 with around 950 CUDA cores the rendering times are about dubble the video lenght

This is soo confusing??
Did i do a very stupid move buying a 660 instead of a R9 270x card for Gaming and video editing and rendering

A:AMD cards Vs nVidia cards? Got very confused by a thing

You didn't mess up on anything but to be honest AMD has gotten better with encoding speeds over the years

I just recently bought a new GTX 780 ti I have not done any video yet i have been doing benchmarks but i will find out soon enough

the time it normally took me to render and burn with 2x7970's were about 20 minutes depending on what it was doing some took longer then others to about 30 minutes but actually cut down to 25 minutes

Direct Compute and Open GL are on fire right now with AMD cards they use it very well and Bitcoin Miners seem to love how much over Nvidia they run

For me it's doesn't mater as long as it suits my needs but other people may differ with the way AMD has been changing GPU Architecture people have been going red and also the prices have gone up so if you are looking to change now you need to look for a card worth the coin because they gone up 20% matching Nvidia prices

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I've read Quadro's are stable and highly recommended for CAD, etc workstations (not for gaming) and gaming cards are obviously better for gaming. I am looking to setup two separate dual output video cards in a new machine. It will be used primarily for streaming real time financial info/web surfing (no CAD nor any 3D modeling) with a secondary use of gaming (not important for me to run top games at top resolutions-average is fine). Should I look at getting Quadros or game cards. I am leaning toward the game cards like Nvidia 8600GT, etc as they are lower price and seems like if they can run games fast/no problem-why wouldn't they easily be able to handle business applications? Quadros seem to cost more and can mainly only be used for business apps?

A:Nvidia Quadro vs Nvidia gaming cards

Quadros are for Digital Content Creation and CAD purposes mainly. For you, a pair of 8600GTs would be fine.

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We have a Dell 390 tower that has 1 pcie x16 port and 2 pcie x1 ports. We have 3 additional videos cards other then the onboard but we are having difficulty getting all the video cards to work. The mutiple option only comes up when you add the video card in pcie x 16 slot but will not come up if you remove that card and put video cards into the other slots. Need help getting all video cards to work at the same time.
Additional Video Cards ( all 3 besides onboard) are : 
 EVGA GeForce 8400 GS DirectX 10 01G-P3-1303-RX 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
We have converter cables converting the pcie x 16 to pcie x 1. We've seen where other people with this same setup have gotten them all to work together but we just can't crack the code...any suggestions?

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Hi there,

My computer came with a VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP card, which is apparently a Graphics/Video Card with onboard video (or the other way around, video w/ onboard graphics) Now, this is a terrible card- it can barely play any modern games. I want to get a new graphics card, but I'm concerned if I install a new Graphics Card, that because of the onboard video, it will affect this greatly, or if I actually need a video card instead of graphics. What do I actually need, and will it adversely affect anything on my PC.

I can provide more information if you want...

A:Installing New Graphics Cards with Onboard Video/Graphic Cards

We need to know what mobo you have and what slots it has.

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I'm trying to run a game in High Def and it says I need to upgrade to GEFORCE 3 or better. Is this a video or a graphics card and what is the best choice to fix this problem.
I've read posts on graphics card and have it down to a choice between GEFORCE and ATI Radeon 3870 that Im having a hard time making since I don't know much about this yet and my comp is at least 5 yrs old. Running an EMachine 3400, 512 mb with windows xp and extra membory added. And which is better the 9600 Geforce or the 3?

A:Graphics Cards and Video Cards

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Hi all.

Just a thought. I'm currently running an XFX 260 Black Edition on my Asus P5Q Pro MB.
I still have my old card- A BFG 8800GTS OC 512MB.
I kept meaning to ebay it but never got round to it.
Is there any way I could usefuly use it in my present set up?

Cheers, John

A:2 different Nvidia cards?

Could throw it in as a Physx card. Won't be able to SLI it, though, as the cards need to be identical.

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Alright, i am not the only person i have found with this problem, but i haven't been able to locate a solution. I was running DX 8.1a everything was fine, purchased Freelancer and installed DX 9.0 off the install. at that point i ran into a unable to intialize the direct 3d engine, (this is weird i just went to double check the error message and it works... this is weird but i will contuine) at that point i used Dxdiag and got the error (before test) problems with systems registry enteries check the saved log file for details : and direct X regisrty errors, reinstall Direct X. after several reinstalls there was still no change in the error or diect X, when completeing the direct 3d test within dxdiag, i got a error type 8 error: ########-####(not on that PC right now beingas i thought it didn't work right) generic fauluer (this was under dx 7 enigine test) then the next two test for 8 and 9 engines was error type 15, i tryed 4 different Nvidia drivers from the most recent 44.09, and then 42.03(about 7 months old) to as old as 29.04, the one i got the best results from is 42.03. i have used dx buster and tryed to reinstall Direct X that way, i have reinstalled different versions of direct X(virsions 7.0-9.0 and anythign below 9.0 works fine) i have reformatted and reinstalled windows ME twice. i think i have covered everything, i will respond to any more info anyone would need to help me with this problem, for now i am going to try and figure out why it works all of ... Read more

A:DX 9.0 and Nvidia Cards

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first off, if this is worded strangely, this is becuase:
1. my grammar is rubbish
2. this is a thread which i created on another forum related to the game ARMA III which i am interested in, and will use phys X 3.0

hello. a person seeking wisdom here.

i currently have a machine that has an Nvidia 560 in it (not the TI) but is set up for crossfire, not SLI.

as someone who dosent have that much cash, but likes to plan ahead, i want to upgrade my system, so decided that buying a Radeon HD 7870 would be a good bet (donw the line i could cross fire it)

but due to this, i would therefore loose out on the benefits of PhysX that Nvidia cards have.

so i have looked into it a bit, an ATI card can run physX but its all about processor (intel i6 2600k) meaning it would put load on the processor, not the card.

i have also had a look at the "run graphics on an ATI card, but physX on an Existing Nvidia card" fix, but that has currently frozen in development for nearly half a year.

so here we go, if i were to get a 7870, instead of a more powerful Nvidia card than my 560 (so that i may in the future strap another 7870 inside my machine) would it be a bad decision?

(the bit from the otehr forum) seeming as arma III will use PhysX 3.0 (which apparently uses multi threading, will that mean it works better on CPU PhysX?) would ite ffect AMD users that much.

im not a fanboy of either, i just happen to have a card which i dont feel is powerful enough, but my motherboard is crossf... Read more

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I currently have an MSI Nvidia 460 1GB card. Could someone tell me which AMD/Radeon is comparable with that card? I'm considering a replacement.
JFI: I've had the card returned and replaced and now the entire computer is currently on it's FedEX way to Microtel for repairs. I get BSOD's and black screens. I've replaced the memory, checked the memory in various slots, had Microtel on the phone a dozen times working with settings. I did not get any BSOD while the video card was out of the machine but of course the onboard video is extremely limiting in computer use. I'm confident that heat is not a problem nor is PSU size a problem. I keep all my drivers up to date and also the Windows updates.

A:Nvidia/AMD Graphics cards

what brand and model is the power supply?
you mention black screens, is this the point where the computer doesnt POST and instead stays on a black screen/no signal message is on the monitor?

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I recently upgraded to a duo-core Anthlon running Vista with 1 PCI Express slot (More info on my profile.) The new computer doesn't have a Video Card so I need to fix that as soon as possible. My old machine had a 7800 Nvidia OC. I have decided to go with a 7900, but I am always lost when it comes to all the variations of each particular card. Of course I know Extreme editions are better than the normal ones and OC is over clocking, but there are many manufacturers and other variations (GS, GT, etc.) Basically I want to make sure I am making the best choice in the range I am looking at. I love graphic heavy games, I dabble in 3-d art more and more, and I do a lot with 2-d graphics. However, for the time being I don't have the resources to go for a SLI setup. Games I hope to run on this machine include F.E.A.R., Oblivion, Shadow of Chernobyl, Titan Quest, etc. For the card I can go up to around $180.

These are the ones I am looking at right now:
The above two look pretty much identical and they are extreme so I thought they are probably good options. I am not familiar with XFX though.
This is the other one I was most curious about... it is not an extreme edition, but it has 512 memory vs 256. I know more memory doesn't always mean better card though. Again, I am not familiar with the maker. I th... Read more

A:Suggestions on NVIDIA cards

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Hi Guys,
What is the succession of nVidia cards in this linage GTX 960, GTX 970 GTX 980 Titan-X all with Maxwell architecture as in the dates of release?...(obviously the Titan was just announced last week!)
Just trying to work out a purchase option, being that this range is based in two CPU chipsets that of the LGA1155 and the LGA2011-v3.
How long would the wait be, before nVidia released a graphics card that was design based, entirely on the LGA2011-v3 socket?
As I need to upgrade my machine in the next month and am opting for the LGA2011-v3 path.

Kind of a curly question

A:What is the succession of nVidia cards?

U listed The cards in as the better, u're 1155 chipset would run any of these card fine. PIC-E 16 is all the speed u can get on any socket, the LGA2011-v3 will just give u more lanes for more cards to run on. That does not mean they will run faster unless u are already filling up the lanes (most boards will run SLI) at least 1155 boards and upwards. the list as in slower to faster is GTX960, GTX970, GTX980, and the Titan-X being the fastest.
the only way any thing is going to speed up is if u are trying 3 way SLI.

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I've recently trialed the Win7 RC and was really pleased at how easy it was and how simple it detected all my hardware.
So... come release date, i bought a 3 licence version of home premium.

I've spent this weekend trying to install it on both my PC and my Samsung Q210 laptop and i'm having the same problem on both.

After install, everythnig has gone ok EXCEPT the graphics.
My PC has a Nvidia 9800GT 1024 PCI-E card and win 7 is saying it's a STANDARD VGA GRAPHICS ADAPTER
I've downloaded windows 7 drivers from nvidia but the install does not work as it cannot detect any compatible installed hardware (as windows is obviously telling it it's a standard VGA card)
I've reinstalled several time, all to no avail. I've used both 32bit and 64bit versions of win 7, all to no avail.
The hardware does work as the release candidate of win 7 had zero issues with the card.

Thinking it was a one off specific to my PC, i tried installing my second license on my q210 samsung laptop.
This was an upgrade from XP
Again, everything seemed to work fine apart from the graphics card which again said standard graphics adapter.
The Q210 has a nvidia graphics card in it.

Again i've tried the nvidia drivers and got the same "no compatible hardware found" error and again i've reinstalled win 7, removed the standard VGA and tried to get it to redetect but nothing works.
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A:Win 7 saying Nvidia cards are STANDARD VGA

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Hi all.
I have a problem.
Vista 64-bit Home Premium (Service Pack 2, 12 GB RAM, i7 CPU) used to be fully functioning with 2 Nvidia GeForce GTX 285s in SLI configuration, but suddenly they are no longer recognized in Device Manager (are now called either ?Video controller (VGA compatible)? or ?unknown device?).

I have uninstalled them from Device Manager and rebooted, uninstalled the Nvidia drivers from Progams and Features, and reinstalled with latest nVidia drivers, but the cards are not recognized and the machine now has very basic visuals ? DVDs jerky, games won?t run etc.

When I use the ?update driver software? command in Device Manager I get ?the driver for your software is up to date? or ?windows found driver for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it. The parameter is incorrect.?

Possibly linked to this (or the cause of it?) is failed installation of ?essential windows update? for nVidia - Display - NVIDIA Geforce GTX 285.
The error code was 80070005 and has just changed to 80070103.

I now know that I should avoid windows updates and from now on I will, but at the moment I?m mystified how to get the nVidia cards recognized.

I don?t have any previous system restore points.

I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions how to solve this problem.

Many thanks.

A:nVidia cards not recognized

Hello AJBV,
Try this un-installer to get rid of any trace of the old drivers. Do this in safe mode, then reboot.

Guru3D - Driver Sweeper (Setup) download from Guru3D.com

I would go to the NVidia site to download the latest drivers.

Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

Use option two, do this after you have run the un-installer.
Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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Can anyone assist re advice or their experiences with entry level PCI graphic cards (and I do mean 'entry' level - up to 70) Whilst I am reasonably up to speed with the specs and views regarding AGP cards, PCI is a bit of a mystery.

The card will be going into a new build for a friend of mine and it is being done on a very tight budget. There are no plans for game playing on it but by using a s939 Athlon 64 and PCI enabled mobo there will (hopefully) be an upgrade road


A:Advice re ATI -v- Nvidia PCI-E cards

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I only have two XFX-5770 ATI cards in a crossfire configuration.

I also have a Nvidia PhysX programs installed. I assumed they were installed by Steam or some other game.

The questions are;
1) Do I need this PhysX application?
2) Does the ATI cards use them?
3) Will it be safe to delete All Nvidia/PhysX applications.

PS: Never had Nvidia cards installed either.

A:PhysX w/o Nvidia Cards. Only ATI.

1. Yes.

2. Not even if you try real hard.

3. You start deleting it then the game(s) that installed it will not work.

For the few games that use Physx it is required. If you have a compatible Nvidia card and the game supports it it will use GPU accelerated Physx, for all others if falls back to a software render and is still required even for this.

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Im comparing between two cards for my moms computer because ehr onboard video is sucking up her resources. Im comparing between an Nvidia Geforce MX 4000 64 MB card by PNY:


A Sapphire Radeon 7000 32 MB Card:

Theya re both retail, and I know that the Nvidia Card has a faster clock speed and memory speed. Would it be better to get the Radeon or the Geforce? She is using Windows 2000 Professional, with 512MB of RAM. A 35 GB or so harddrive. Suggestions?

A:Solved: ATI or Nvidia Low end cards?

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Im more interested in running 3 monitors than SLi. So, I have 2 differing nvidia cards here, a 7300gt and an 8400gs..

In theory they should work in the same system no? If I make the 8400 my main card and the 7300 my secondary card.

run 2 wide screens off the 8400 and an older 19" non wide off the 7300

should work right?

worked in xp I think. but get this..vista gave me a 4.3 for my 7300, and a 3.5 for my 8400..go finger..uhh..figure.. go figure.

A:2 differing nvidia cards?

Originally Posted by dr.funk

Im more interested in running 3 monitors than SLi. So, I have 2 differing nvidia cards here, a 7300gt and an 8400gs..

In theory they should work in the same system no? If I make the 8400 my main card and the 7300 my secondary card.

run 2 wide screens off the 8400 and an older 19" non wide off the 7300

should work right?

worked in xp I think. but get this..vista gave me a 4.3 for my 7300, and a 3.5 for my 8400..go finger..uhh..figure.. go figure.

Welcome to the forums!

I did some digging around and couldn't come up with anything solid about running three monitors. I did find a site that discusses multiple monitor usage. There may be some information there that would be helpful.

Here's the website: Multi-Monitor Resources at www.realtimesoft.com

I hope you are able to make the configuration work. Please let us know when you find a solution.

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Hey, supposedly these cards are very powerful (and expensive). Are these stand a lone GPU's or are they a supplement to CPU's? I am wondering, because I am going to build a gaming machine and thought about putting one of these cards in there? I heard they out perform Intel's 3rd generation processors as far as how many calculations per second they perform. However I'm not sure of these calculations are for video processing only? Any thoughts on that?

A:Nvidia Cuda Cards

Cuda is actually the type of hardware processors on the graphics processor unit
or cuda cores.
The graphics processor is made up of a lot of cuda cores.
The number depends on the particular processor on the card
that is using it.
Nvidia makes the graphics processors and sells them to different manufacturers
who build the whole video card.
A good dedicated video card is always going to perform better than onboard or
on cpu graphics.
Low end cards may not,but they are usually designed for video playback,not games
or graphics intensive programs.
If you do get a decent video card,make sure you have a decent power supply to handle it.
They are stand alone video cards that fit in a pci express X16 slot on the motherboard.

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Its come to my attention that my fx card is not compatable with windows somehow and works for every game I play except Guild wars. Is there a way to get a patch to make it compatable for windows XP??

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I had two video cards in my system. An Asylum Geforce FX5200 AGP 256mb (single head) and a 3Dfx Voodoo4 PCI card (for second monitor). I replaced both with an eVGA e-Geforce 6200 AGP 256mb (two head - both monitors on one card) but my video editing program suffered (serious lag when scrubbing video) so I've reinstalled Asylum and Voodoo cards. I also tried the 6200 with the Voodoo4 but program still had lag. Guess Canopus Edius doesn't like the 6200. I would like to replace the Voodoo4 card with something better. Is it possible to use an Nvidia 5200 or 5500 PCI card with the Asylum card. Will there be a problem with both using the same driver? Should driver be installed a second time in different location?
Since editing program functions properly with FX5200 would a newer dual head FX5200 be better? Would performance suffer sharing resources between two monitors?
AMD Athlon64 3700+
2 Gig DDR400
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2
Asylum Geforce 5200 AGP 256mb
3Dfx Voodoo4 PCI 32mb
Edius NX PCIe x1

A:Two NVidia cards poss?

In theory you can stick any number of PCI video cards in your system and it should work. I'd say, with such a big company like nVidia, the drivers are able to cope with several cards, especially if they are not identical.

Matrox is always a sure bet for multi-anything (unless you want stellar 3D performance of course).

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Radeon HD 5870, HD 5850 Are AMD's DirectX 11 Cards
Due out in September

The details on AMD's next generation of desktop graphics cards continue to hit the Internet, as we are approaching the much-anticipated moment when the Sunnyvale, California-based company will officially take the wraps off its first DirectX 11 cards. Following the pictures of the allegedly first AMD card with DirectX 11 support, we now have a couple of new details on the manufacturer's future graphics cards. Codenamed Cypress, AMD's upcoming DirectX 11 cards will be released under the Radeon HD 5800-series branding, with the Cypress XT boasting the Radeon HD 5870 name and the Cypress PRO to be known as the HD 5850.

According to a recent news-article that has surfaced on vr-zone, the new cards should be launched sometime next month, with availability slated for later in October, around the time when Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is due out. There are a couple of technical details available on the new cards, but nothing related to core speed.

Among the main features that will be enabled on AMD's upcoming cards we need to highlight the following:

1GB GDDR5 memory

ATI Eyefinity technology with support for up to three displays

ATI Stream technology

Designed for DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL

Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT)

Compliant with DirectX 11 and earlier revisions

Supports OpenGL 3.1

ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance

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A:More about ATI & nVidia DirectX 11 Cards

Is there any official release date of this both cards? (NVIDIA and ATI)??

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I am having network gateway errors in Win 7 beta. I am using Nforce network cards with MS supplied drivers. Anyone else having this kind of software errors? Should I try reinstalling the last vista version of the Nvidia drivers? This making me crazy having to reset the gateway alot o the time.

A:Nvidia Network cards and Win 7

go to nvidias site after a win7 install and grab your nforce drivers. This should fix your problem
Display drivers are same as in win7.

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Hello everybody. It is possible to run ATI and nVidia cards together in Win 7? Because of nVidia PhysX. I know this was't possible on Vista's but I heard rumors that this is possible now.

Thanks for answerering... Prochy

A:2 graphic cards ATI + nVidia

Yes it is possible. Apparently it's not perfect and requires a bit of effort to get it working, but it does work

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I have updated my nVidia 6600GT card to an nVidia Quadro FX3400 professional card. The card works fine, but XP professional (64bit) still thinks the card is a 6600GT. I un-installed the drives and downloaded the lastest from the nVidia website, but to no avail. Any ideas anybody?

And while I'm at it, if the Quadro FX3400 is using the 6600GT driver, can I install my 6600GT as well, using the second SLI slot, and use them together(seeing that Windows thinks they are both 6600GT's), or is that tempting fate?

A:Problem with nVidia Graphics cards

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A quick (BEd: Can it be anything other than quick?) tweet on one of Nvidia's Twitter accounts has revealed that the first two cards based on the GF100 GPU aill be known as GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470.


NVIDIA GeForce (NVIDIAGeForce) on Twitter

A:Nvidia's first DirectX 11 cards GeForce GTX 480/470

Cheers, it'll be interesting to see the prices..

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Hi i have money saved for my upgrade from my gts 250,where are these dx 11 cards by nvidia im looking mid range to high end ones!iiv looked and googgle but to no avail.

I might spend me money mt patience is wearing thin

A:Has money banked but no nvidia dx 11 cards out?

Their is supposed to be information released today on the newest Nvidia DX 11 card line. So We'll see they are gtx470 and 480 I believe if I remember correctly form a thread here on the forum. However definitely not mid range cards but that is pure speculation on my part. Here is the thread Nvidia's first DirectX 11 cards GeForce GTX 480/470 Fabe

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I purchased a PC from a store called Standard computers years ago, it had 16 gig of ram with a NVIDIA Quadro and another NVIDIA graphics card including the ASROCK motherboard.

A couple of months ago, all of a sudden the computer just wouldn't power on. With the help of telecoil, I found that there was something wrong with the power so we replaced the power source connected in the PC itself but that didn't work, it was the motherboard that was broken.

So we replaced that with an ASUS motherboard that is compatible with with the hardware we have, it'll power up and work like a normal computer but for some reason, when I put the two graphics cards back in, they just won't work.

What can I do to get them working again?


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I have an M18 with a pair of NVIDIA GTX 770M's.
Starting this morning, when it boots up the cards don't show up in the WIN10 hardware app and the system won't detect them. Tried downloading the latest NVIDIA driver but when I went to install it the system detect utility at the start says that no NVIDIA hardware is installed.
NVIDIA applications all show up in the Start menu and it shows that drivers are installed (although not the most recent).
These have worked like champs up until now.  Not much use as a gaming computer when it only works on the native Intel HD graphics.
What gives? Is this a WIN10 thing?
I haven't installed any new applications or hardware.

A:Alienware M18 NVIDIA cards not recognized

Hi Vygg , do check in BIOS, Advance Tab. Check if the primary display is set to Auto. If it only started this morning, you may also try if you are able to roll back using Restore Point to see if issue still persist.

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My computer's hardware:
Athlon 64 3200+ on socket 757 ASUS K8V Deluxe
2x 512 Infineon DDR400
Viewsonic VP171 silver 17" 16 ms 1280x1024 LCD
XFX GeForce FX 5900 128mb nonultra
BFG GeForce FX 5900 128mb nonultra
Leadtek GeForce 4 Ti 4600 128mb
Other stuff:
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX
Logitech Z340 Speakers
Razer Diamondback, Logitech MX518, Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 mice
Lian-Li PC-6070 Case

My other testing hardware:
An Acer Travelmate 8104 Laptop with a Radeon X700 mobility, Centrino 2.0ghz mobile, and DVI out
A computer identical to my own (my brother's that I built for him)
A friend's computer with an ASUS board and a 2.8ghz processor.
A friend's NEC LCD 19" 1280x1024 25ms refresh.

The problem I am experiencing can rather simply be summed up as a flickering line that is visible in the top row or rows of pixels on my screen. This line has different widths, but usually is visible only as about an inch or two of any given random color. The line is very apparent in any DirectX using game with a black background, such as SWAT4, Doom3, CounterStrike, CounterStrike: Source, among others, and is also visible in some games even without a black background such as WarCraft III/Frozen Throne. It can also be seen in any 3DMark version, 01, 01SE, 03, 05. This problem is ONLY present when using DVI, but using analog obviously has its own slew of concerns and problems and is therefore not to be considered a real solution. Using analog does, however,... Read more

A:Flickering Line when using DVI with NVIDIA Cards

I...um...didn't see a line in that image.

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I noticed on the lenovo website for thinkpad p70's that they are now offering p3000m to p5000m quadro cards as an option for the thinkpad p70. Is this an error on the page or can I actually order a p5000m and have it work with my p70?NVIDIA Quadro M620, 2GB memoryNVIDIA Quadro M2200, 4GB memoryNVIDIA Quadro P3000, 6GB memoryNVIDIA Quadro P4000, 8GB memoryNVIDIA Quadro P5000, 16GB memoryhttps://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/thinkpad/p-series/ThinkPad-P70/p/22TP2WPWP70Thanks in advance 

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I have a XFX GeForce 9800 GT installed on my Asus P5N-E in one of my two PCIex16 slots, I also have a HD 4350 ATI Radion that I would like to install so I can use the hdmi output to my receiver. I have to hold off on getting a HTPC for a bit. Soon I hope.


A:Will 7work with Nvidia & ATI PCIe cards together?

Quote: Originally Posted by ZooMan

I have a XFX GeForce 9800 GT installed on my Asus P5N-E in one of my two PCIex16 slots, I also have a HD 4350 ATI Radion that I would like to install so I can use the hdmi output to my receiver. I have to hold off on getting a HTPC for a bit. Soon I hope.


Hi ZooMan.......
the mobo you have is an ''SLI'' board as im sure your aware, they obviously wont work in tandem, & i don't think they'll work independantly of each other either as it would require 2 different drivers...

just buy a ''DVI to HDMI'' dongle
i could be wrong but i don't think it will work.

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I just recently played splinter cell chaos theory on PC, i have a 6800 GT overclocked to 420/1130 and when i have the game playing at shader 3.0 it is slow as hell and i am running this at 1024*768. I barely get 35 FPS, this also happened when i was playin chronicles of riddick which also supports shader 3.0 and my fps was even worse. I dont know if its my pc, software or the card. But if it is the card i dont get why nvidia will put the support for a technology that their current generation of video cards can not handle. :wave:

A:Shader 3.0 Support in Nvidia Cards.

it is not necessarily an issue with the shader model 3.0,do you have anything running in the background,do you have aa or af on?also it doesnt have to be the video cards fault for low fps count,it might be becuase of a weak or an unmatched processor to keep up or slower ram.shader model 3.0 is relatively new technology the fault doesnt have to be in the hardware(gpu) but might be in the software(game)as well.

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I have been watching the half life 2 machinama series Civil Protection and the creator (Ross Scott) recently pointed out a glitch that only happens when anti aliasing is enabled. Here Is the page of his blog where he pointed it out.


I found by dumb luck that on ati cards you can just sett the the AA and the AF to application controlled in the ccc the glitch goes away but it didn't work when i tried it on my 8600gt he even tried it on his 8800gt and it didn't make a difference.

Here is a picture of the glitch look at the white things in the tunnel. The game is half life 2 you can get to the map by typing "map d1_canals_01" in the console.


Does anyone know of a fix for this glitch?

A:Antialiasing glitch on Nvidia cards

The ONLY solution I've found to this is to either turn off antialiasing completely or to render the scene using supersampling entirely; no multisampling whatsoever.Click to expand...

Seems like Z-Buffer or Occlusion Culling going mad, but I'm no expert on these thing... I think switching to really high AA (16x or whatever) cures a lot of these glitches though.Click to expand...

Quick look through the attached link, you probably already considered those though.

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Last night, MS downloaded a driver update to this PC for the graphics card. The update specifically called out the nVidia 7300LE card that's installed. The writeup also stated that it was to correct the January Patch Tuesday updates. I thought it was strange that the update singled out my particular graphics card. I wonder if other W7 users that have nVidia cards installed might be getting similar updates since I see several posters here with display issues at boot up. Just thought I'd share my luck.

A:MS Driver Update for nVidia Cards...

There should be no reason for a MS graphics update if you have the latest driver from invidia.

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I know about apples and oranges, but I think I might have a unique question.

I have an MSI K9N4 SLI (Nvidia Nforce 500 chipset) mobo, I've been using ATI cards and I have some questions about attempting to SLI them.

My first question:
Is it even possible for my to use SLI with ATI cards?

My second question:
If it's possible, will my performance be degraded for mixing them?

My third question:
Can you SLI two different cards? I have an Radeon x1650 Pro and a Radeon HD 2600XT.

And my last question:
Will my 2600XT have to step down to meet my x1650?

Thanks much, guys!

A:Solved: Nvidia board, ATI cards, can I SLI?

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It is a real headache when I search reviews for the same graphics card and get different benchmark results (i.e. Crysis). For example: Here on Techspot, the Nvidia 8800GTS is about the same performance-wise compared to the ATI HD 4850. But on Xbit-Labs or Tom's Hardware, one of the cards will be significantly worse.
So my question is: From experience, is the ATI Radeon HD 4850 better than the Nvidia 8800GTS/GTX ? What would be the best card to get for the $150 - $200 price range?

A:Radeon HD 4850 vs Nvidia Cards

The Radeon 4850 is in the league of nVidia 9800GTX/+ cards so yes it is better than the 8800GTS/GTX cards.

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Hello, all,

My system:

Computer: IBM Intellistation M Pro, model 6849-52U
Mobo: Intel D850GB
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 with 256 Level 2 cache
RAM: 1GB PC 800 Rambus RIMM
Video: Nvidia Quadro 2 Pro/Nvidia Quadro FX 1100
AGP 4X slot
Power Supply: 340W
OS: Win2K SP4 (Computer has Microsoft Win2K COA)

This is a workstation that I bought used (eBay) to run high-end engineering graphics. It came with the NVidia Quadro 2 Pro board (64 MB) which was an OEM option. I recently bought the Quadro FX 1100 (128 MB) used (also eBay) for the additional 64 MB to bring video up to snuff for the graphics I want to run.

The Quadro FX 1100 installed just fine, and I noticed improvement in video performance from the added RAM. When I got curious and started really digging thru the info in the NVidia View program that comes with the drivers, however, I noted that the board is running at PCI X 0 speed, rather than at AGP 4.

I don't know what the Quadro 2 Pro was running at before the upgrade, as I hadn't paid a whole lot of attention to the graphics before I did the upgrade. I did reinstall the Quadro 2 Pro card and drivers, though, and the Quadro 2 Pro also runs as PCI X 0 now. It probably was running at the same speed before I installed the Quadro FX 1100.

As the computer was designed to run the Quadro 2 Pro, something about the way I have the computer set up is most likely the problem.

I have checked the obvious things (BIOS settings, power to board... Read more

A:Nvidia Quadro AGP cards recognized as PCI

This sounds to me like a reporting error. If everything's running fine and faster than before, I'd tend to believe that you're running at the 4x speed and the nView program isn't reading this correctly.

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