Mixing ATI and nVidea GPU cards OK?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by davidlv, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    My business partner recently bought a Quad-core 2009 MP with 2 nVidea GT120s installed to run 3 monitors. He is rather disappointed in the performance of the cards (slow scrolling and lags in rendering), and wonders if adding an ATI Radeon would work. Ie., possible to have 3 cards installed, mixing the two brands (1 monitor per card)? Or even using 1 ATI (2 monitors) and 1 nVidea (1 monitor)? Anyone know if this will work OK?
    * The forum thread on the audio problem was a great help in solving another issue (well actually not solving, but using smcfancontrol to lower the temperature of the machine when playing music in iTunes) so once again here is a question for the well informed on this great forum.
    :cool::apple::cool: with some :(:eek::(s
  2. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    The only OS that has major problems is Vista. other then that OS, mixing and matching cards should be fine.
  3. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Indeed - I ran an HD2600 and a 7300 GT in parallel for quite some time. No sweat. :)
  4. 10THzMac macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2007
    I had no trouble with a mixed Ati/Nvidia set up under Leopard and Snow Leopard, but my bootcamp setup was less happy with XP less than happy. Maybe I could have fixed it but I went all-Nvidia and all was well.

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