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    Default Mixing FirePro and Radeon in the same system

    Hi all

    Recently I got a cheap FirePro v4800. Nice little card for 3D modeling and programming, however gaming performance lacks. I also got into bitcoin mining and the 80Mhash/s is nice but slow

    I thought of getting a Radeon HD5850 or 5830 as a compute device and gaming card to complement the FirePro. However the Catalyst driver refuses to work with a FirePro card and AMD support told me that the same will happen with the CatalystPro (i.e. Radeon cards will not work with the Pro driver).

    Does anybody here have experience with either mixing Radeon/FirePro cards in the same machine or modifying drivers to accept both type of cards ?

    My distro is gentoo64 on a dual opteron system. The board lacks AMD-Vi (Nforce 3600 Pro socket F), so using virtualisation is not that easy for this (but possible).

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    Default The same: Mixing FirePro and Radeon in the same system

    I have the same problem. I Got a V4800 but I would like add a nice card for gaming later on.

    Now, you already a bit further. Did you try to to install both the Catalyst and Catalyst Pro drivers?

    I see tour doing this on Linux, do you have Windows?

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    Linux only here .... Was thinking about virtualising the other card to a windows instance, but my mmainboard does not support PCI passthrough properly.

    Anyway I think both drivers under Linux will have file collisions and worse, kernel collisions. Also I'd have to start 2 X sessions, one for each driver.

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    Well, I'm going to test the dual driver set-up this saturday... but on a windows machine. I let you know how it worked anyway.


    Extra: I don't know why this is such a strange topic. You can find almost nothing about this subject on the web. We can't be the only people with this problem or question? Maybe 99,999% of al CAD'ders aren't intrested in games or something .
    Last edited by 612io; 07-12-2011 at 05:21 PM. Reason: extra

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    I guess the CAD people can buy the higher models so no problem with performance. It's the hobby folks that get the short end.

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    anyway I am already trying to get rid of the card to buy a regular radeon. it's no use to a hobbyist to buy a firepro when for the same price I can get a much powerfull radeon and for the little bit of 3D work it will do (also Blender is not picky about consumer cards anyway).

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