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I currently have a desktop with 6 GPUs ( 3x HD 5970s ) in non-crossfire mode. Unfortunately, it seems that Windows 7 64bit only supports up to 4 GPUs. I have not been able to find a reliable source to deny or confirm this.

If windows 7 has this limitation, is there a Linux flavor that supports more than 4 GPUs?

In-case you are wondering, this is not for gaming but high-speed single precision computing. With this current setup ( if I can find 6gpu support ) I am looking to reach 13.8 Teraflops.

Also, my motherboard does support 3 16x pci-xpress gen2 slots... and I have a 1500w powersupply plugged into a 20amp outlet. Windows is able to detect all 6 cores.. although, 2 of which displays the warning "Drivers failed to load".

To recap:

- Can windows support 6 GPUs?

- If not, does Linux?

Thank you.

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Welcome to Stack Overflow TTK. Unfortunately, Stack Overflow is not the place for hardware related questions. This is better asked at the sister (or is it brother) site, In a few minutes, your question will be closed and migrated over. Good luck with the solution to your issue. – Alan May 25 '10 at 3:32
Ah, Thank you! I was not aware of that site. – Ryan Adams May 25 '10 at 3:34
Are you using the latest drivers? Seems like this might be a driver issue. I feel like linux will also depend on drivers – basszero May 25 '10 at 14:28
Have you asked over here? They tackle hardware as well as OpenCL programming issues over there. – K. Brafford May 25 '10 at 15:28
I am using the lastest drivers downloaded from the website. I have not asked on those forums yet... but I will be sure to do so. Thanks! – Ryan Adams May 25 '10 at 18:35

Up to this point, I was not able to confirm or deny the support for more than 4 GPUs on Windows 7 64bit. However, I was able to find various users that have been able to run 5 and 6 gpus on Ubuntu 8.04 64bit.

So, to answer my own question: If you are going to build a GPU Powerhouse utilizing >4 GPUs, currently the only documented solution involves 64bit Ubuntu.

Hope this helps someone.

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To get Windows to support 5 GPUs I had to go to Windows 8.1 from 7. I am unsure what the actual limit for 8.1 is, though.

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