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Old 12-29-2010, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to install a second videocard (nvidia)?

Hi, I currently have a nvidia GTX470 videocard installed on my Desktop with win 7, 64bit.
Since Nvidia only allows you to use 2 monitors of of 1 of their cards, you have to use a second videocard to use more monitors. I am a professional videographer and need to have a third monitor going, which is why I need to do this.

Once I buy another GTX470, how do I install it so that I can use BOTH videocards at once? Is it as simple as just installing it into the computer normally or are there extra steps?

Thank you very much.
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If you do not need crossfire, you can just insert another 470 in the second PCI-E slot.
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Okay great, would Adobe Premiere take advantage of using the memory of that videocard as well for it's new Mercury playback engine?
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If you insert the new card it will run at 4X, so I'm not sure on that.
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Default Re: How to install a second videocard (nvidia)?

Firstly, you can only instal a second card if you have a second pci-e spot....

Secondly... Nvidia cards don't crossfire! ATI/AMD do, its SLI in nvidia talk. Plus you need a sli capible board.

But anyway.....

To use a second card for more monitors, get any card, I'd go a gts450 as its a fermi architecture like the 470.

I'm not up on PS, but i believe youre talking about the cuda support/processing PS now does, if so, yes, you can use the 2nd card as a monitor and a cuda/physic card.

What motherboard do you have as well what power supply?
2 cards need more power, and I'm thinking most likely you have agtleast 8x pci-e slot, not a 4x slot which hasn't been around in along time.
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Escuse me, I couldn't think of the word for NVIDIA.
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