Upcoming Stardock solution will let you run AMD and NVidia graphics cards on a single Windows PC

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Upgrading your desktop PC can be a costly experience, especially if you’re buying a new graphics card. But buying a new GPU isn’t as simple as cashing out for a piece of hardware: it requires a lot more work, requiring you to choose the best value for the money you’re willing to spend and most importantly, the choice between graphics card manufacturers AMD and NVidia.

If you can’t make a decision or just don’t want to spend a lot of money on a brand new graphics card, why don’t you just keep your current graphics card and pair it with another one? Not possible, you say? Well, not yet!

Rock Nvidia and AMD graphics cards on the same computer

Stardock, a company behind Fences, Start10, and other strategy games is reportedly preparing a revolution of the PC graphics cards industry. In an interview with GamesBeat, CEO Brad Wardell revealed that Stardock is working on a solution that will allow users to run two graphics cards on the same computer for better performance.

You’d be forgiven if you didn’t think this is something new: both AMD and NVidia already have their own Crossfire and SLI technologies that enable users to simultaneously run two graphics cards on one computer provided they’re both from the same company. But Stardock aims to innovate on this by allowing users to run two graphics card on the same computer even if the GPUs are from different manufacturers. In addition, users will be able to run two graphics cards with different architecture and from different generations. In short, you’ll be able to run two completely different graphics cards on a single computer!

“One of the biggest problems with games is that a new video card comes out from AMD and Nvidia, and they’re like [expensive], and you have to make a call. I like my video card. I can play most games on it, and I don’t want to spend $800 on some new video card. But imagine, instead, hey, they’re having a sale [using my GTX 760 as an example]. Hey, they’re having a sale on an AMD 290 for $75. Wouldn’t it be cool to put this into your computer and double your performance,” Wardell said. “You keep this in there [the 760]. You put this in there [the 290], and your games are twice as fast without doing anything else.”

With Crossfire, you can run two GPUs at the same time but not only do these cards need to be AMD cards, they also need to be identical. Nvidia SLI is freer when it comes to running two graphics cards on the computer, allowing you to run two different Nvidia GPUs that still require the same architecture. So, if Stardock’s project sees the light of day, it will mix the unmixableand produce a game changer.

Wardell also said that Stardock is already working on this with NVidia and AMD themselves. The companies are into the idea because it has a potential to raise graphics cards sales overall. However, they don’t like the fact that some users will mix bth brands but they’ll get over their reservations if that means more sales in the long run. We still don’t know how such technology will affect new, expensive graphics cards because companies undoubtedly have a big interest in still selling their latest products, too.

Stardock hasn’t provided any specific details about its graphics card solution. But considering it is a software company, most believe it will be some kind of software solution — but is it possible without the proper hardware? We’ll just have to wait for Stardocks to tell us more, hopefully alongside Microsoft at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Introducing this technology will definitely help all the users who don’t want to spend a lot upgrading their computers for better performance. Let the revolution begin!

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