3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 1, 2014 5:58 PM by twentw1

    Dual cards with Premiere


      I recently added a second card to my computer so I could use 3 monitors.  My cards are not matched - I'm using an old ATI HD 4800 and a cheap ATI HD 5450.  After installing the new card, Premiere 5.5 started crashing.  I tried out the trial of Premiere 7, and it's doing the same thing.  Actually, it doesn't crash if I don't use the third monitor, but as soon as I drag a window there, it will crash.


      From reading the forums this seems to be a common issue that apparently has not been resolved.  My question is - is there anything I can do with my particular setup that will solve the problem other than buying new video cards?

        • 1. Re: Dual cards with Premiere
          Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

          Are you using the same driver for both boards?  I have never tried two ATI cards but that is what is generally suggested for two nvidia cards.


          If you just want 3 monitors I would suggest a single uncomplicated $120 nVidia card like the GTX 650 like this

          • 2. Re: Dual cards with Premiere
            SebastiaanFP Level 1

            Hi twentw1

            As far as I know about Windows PC's, they cannot operate with two different video cards inside, they will not be able to run two different GPU drivers at the same time. So I would say the crashing got nothing to do with PPRO, but just with the fact that probably you have an impossible hardware setup?

            As already stated by Bill, 1 week ago I just bought a simple Nvidia card for $160 (I was on an ATI triple screen card before, with three screens connected which actually worked because it is just one single card designed for / with a single driver for a tripple screen setup). And I am just amazed at the performance gain I got just from having the Cuda support now, for realtime playback of the video edit effects, and in final output rendering times. I bought the Asus GTX660 DCII OC PH 2GB. And connected the same tripple screens back to it, the manual states it can actually run even 4 screens simultaneously.

            Just study Harm Millards articles on the tweakers page where he explains "Balanced Systems". I think the quality of his research and presenting of this information is about the best you can find for free on the web, most questions will be answered there for many who come to the hardware forum here.

            • 3. Re: Dual cards with Premiere
              twentw1 Level 1

              Thanks for the reply.  I'm trying not to spend any more money on my ancient computer, but I'll certainly consider one of those GPUs when I rebuild.