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Eyefinity Setup Guide

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Ok so there are always questions regarding how to setup Eyefinity and what monitors / adapters do I need?
So ill make a guide I said, People will come I thought.

To start lest put down the facts. (AS OF FEB 2012)

YOU CANNOT MIX RESOLUTIONS.
Your monitors all must support a common resolution. they can be all different in physical size but all have to support atleast 1 common resolution
e.g. All 23" Monitors support 1080P
Or 2x 22" with 1680*1050 max & 27" that does 1920*1200. the 27" must drop down to 1680*1050 in order to create the eyefinity group

YOU CANNOT MIX ORIENTATION
All monitors must be either portrait or landscape you cannot have 2x Port + 1x Landscape

YOU MUST HAVE ATLEAST 1 MONITOR CONNECTED VIA DISPLAY PORT
For an eyefinity group you can have a MAXIMUM of 2 of the following connections (DVI, HDMI or VGA) after these 2 all other monitors MUST be connected via DISPLAY PORT.

You can do this 2 ways. either by having monitors that natively support display port or using an ACTIVE display port to DVI - Single link adapter

NOTE: Eyefinity 6 edition cards (6x Connectors) can still only have 2 DVI, HDMI or VGA, the remaning 4 connections must be Display port or use an approved adapter.

VGA IS NOT RECCOMENDED
VGA is an analogue connection and can cause issues and often prevent the group from working at all. it is HIGHLY RECCOMENDED that you avoid VGA at all cost.

RECCOMENDATIONS:
Pick cards with 2gb VRAM or more. the resulting resolutions of eyefinity gaming will generally use more than 1gb of VRAM

There are other software solutions (e.g. SoftTH) that will allow mixed resolutions & orientation but these dont work if your also running Crossfire and often only work in games in windowed mode.

How to Connect your Cards.

NOTE: If you have monitor/s with native display port support it is always the best solution to connect as many as you can using that DSP connection. If you have at least 1 connected via DSP (for a 3 monitor group) you DO NOT require the adapters linked in this guide.

Most 7xxx cards have the following connections

1x DVI
1x HDMI
2x Mini Display Port

Reccomended to connect in the following way

Card DVI ---------------------------------------------------> DVI Monitor
Card HDMI -----> HDMI to DVI Cable --------------------> DVI Monitor
Card MINI DSP --> Mini DSP to DVI Active Adapter ------>DVI Monitor

See link below for adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Most 6xxx Cards have the following connectors

2x DVI
1x HDMI
2x Mini DSP

Reccomended to connect in the following way

Card DVI ---------------------------------------------------> DVI Monitor
Card DVI ---------------------------------------------------> DVI Monitor
Card MINI DSP --> Mini DSP to DVI Active Adapter ------>DVI Monitor

See link below for adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Most 5xxx Cards have the following connectors

2x DVI
1x HDMI
1x Display Port

Reccomended to connect in the following way

Card DVI ---------------------------------------------------> DVI Monitor
Card DVI ---------------------------------------------------> DVI Monitor
Card DSP --> DSP to DVI Active Adapter ------>DVI Monitor


APPLE DISPLAY PORT ADAPTERS

I have an Apple Mini DP to VGA, I have tried it in my Eyefinity setup and it DOES NOT WORK. even though I have another monitor connected using the ACTIVE DP adapter. having VGA in the mix just sends things down the river in a barbwire canoe.

I also have an Apple Mini DP to DVI, and although it will work in the setup it does not replace the ACTIVE display port adapter / DP monitor requirement
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