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Linux User Curious About GPU Setups In Windows



I currently have a beefy system for my personal needs, though I have many things I do with it outside of gaming.


Specs RQ:

Ryzen 3900X

32GB @3000mhz Corsair LPX (will be upgrading to 64 if needed, though mobo upgrade will happen later so maybe 128GB)

Gigabyte Aorus X470 Ultra Gaming (bought for IOMMU, I know my chokes are barely enough to hit 4.2GHz stable shush)

Corsair H100i V2 (AM4 edition)
Sapphire RX480 Nitro+ (main GPU)

and either a EVGA GTX 970 SSC+


an NVidia GRID K2 that I will be turning into a tesla or a headless 680/690.

powered by an EVGA G3+ 750W PSU in a HAF EVO XB


Its not a great build but it works and does MOST of what I need to.  I am going to admit though, I'm a linux user.  I'm honestly used to doing almost whatever I want with my computer, with very fem limitations to my ideas.


Recently I decided to start using windows 8 again because I wanted to play tarkov.  Because of reasons, I redid my desktop completely.  I want to have my 480 in my machine as my display card and my 970 in there doing nvenc.  Though, to my knowledge, 8/8.1 had bad handling of cross format cards?  So using both drivers at once either bluescreens immediately or kills one card?  Was that ever fixed?  Last I tried was legit 2016, way before this build obv....


Either way, lmk.  I've been on a break from linux and I'll be reinstalling it here soon to reattempt with VM passthrough, and if I get it working I'll let ya'll know...  But for the moment, is it possible to do this and not have everything die?

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Why are you running 8.1? Just run windows 10, much better support for modern gpus.


BUt you should be able to use both brands of gpus at once.

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I would use 10. just, it handels everything better when dual gpu is concerned, and if you need it, there is a 32bit version of win10, if its a 32bit game that doesnt work (most do tho)

But both gpus should work.

I am still TechWizardThatNeedsHelp, just less of a mouthfull.


My beautiful, but not that powerful, main PC:

prior build:




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Cool thx


I'm using 8.1 because I don't like that settings get altered every update or things screw up my start menu every time I reboot.  I'm not dealing with that crap.

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