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EyeInfinity + Crossfire 5770x2

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January 10, 2010 4:36:26 AM

So, apprantly the new 9.12 Catalyst drivers support EyeInfinity + CrossFire.
However, I'm told it's buggy.
But what I don't know is whether or not you can finally use DVI+DVI on the first card and a single DVI on the second, or if you're stills tuck to DVI+DVI+DP on the first card only.

I have two Samsung 2343 (23" 2048x1152) monitors right now and I'm going to get a a used 5770 for cheap tomorrow. I want to just buy a 5850/5870 now, but I'd have to wait a couple months to afford that. By getting a 5770 now, then buying a third Samsung 2343, and eventually getting a second 5770, I don't have to wait a few months all at once, I can enoy it sequentially now. I would have just gone for a 5850 right away, but a mixture of not being able to work (illness) and a boss who screwed up my pay changes that. That, and that to buy a 5850 locally costs about $360-380 (despite the CAD = 0.97 USD right now).

In time, I'd eventually trade up to 2x5890 2GB when I hahve the money (So I could actually use AA/AF), but that's still quite a bit away.
January 10, 2010 3:48:51 PM

I haven't heard of CF and Eyefinity working together yet. When the 5970 came out they had to use beta drivers for CF + EF. It only worked for about 6 games, and ONLY for the 5970. Have a link about these 9.12s of which you speak?
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January 12, 2010 10:16:54 AM

*** newegg. They aren't getting another cent from me. -_-
As in local I meant shops such as NCIX and MemoryExpress (NCIX s ncie for their dirt cheap express shipping).

9.12 drivers are posted right on the amd/ati site. It was on that someone said eyeinfinity over crossfire on Catalyst 9.12 drivers.
January 12, 2010 12:50:09 PM

I think I'd want more then just a guy on a forum claiming it works now. I'm not saying it doesn't, but I'd want a real review site to show me.
January 12, 2010 1:53:59 PM

Xfire works, but as mentioned by SS you are still limited to the output options of the one card, so if you want 3 DVI then it requires an active adapter. You can use a passive adapter if you can make VGA one of your options.

January 12, 2010 6:57:44 PM

Thank you.
Quite dissapointing though. =(
January 13, 2010 12:00:42 AM

You can still run it, just get a passive adapter (~$25) for DP->VGA and hook-up the third Samsung 2343 via it's VGA port. Not as expensive as an active adapter for DP->DVI.
January 14, 2010 6:21:53 PM

VGA on anything higher than 1280x1024 looks like crap. >_<
January 14, 2010 10:40:35 PM

Not really (says the man typing this on a 1920x1440 IBM P260 monitor running off a Matrox G550 in my DELL DockingStation), you just need the right tools. :sol: 
January 14, 2010 10:45:58 PM

Btw...I made a mistake and bought 5770's with only 1 dvi connector (because they were cheapest ofc).

That means I had to buy (a cheap admittedly) hdmi-dvi connector.
January 15, 2010 4:24:07 AM

Ha. =D

I made sure to pick up a reference card.
No ugly ass egg shaped cooler that recirculates air or 512mb card for me please. =D
Just waiting to have some spare cash to pick up my 2nd 5770 and 3rd 2343.

Though I may get a Dell SP2309W instead of a third Samsung 2343 (HDMI, onboard speakers, webcam, sexy).
And about the VGA/DVI debate on high resolutions, it's been a while since I tested, but my current card doesn't even have a VGA port and I lost my DVI to VGA adaptor to recheck. =D
January 15, 2010 8:30:26 AM

anamaniac said:
I made sure to pick up a reference card.
No ugly ass egg shaped cooler that recirculates air or 512mb card for me please. =D

If I'm not mistaken that IS the reference cooler.
January 15, 2010 12:54:16 PM

That's the reference cooler for the 5750, most 5770 have the card-long HSF assembly.
January 15, 2010 1:04:42 PM

Actually the egg shaped cooler looks pretty good when you see it irl. My HIS one has it, and the pcb is a nice shade of blue and they both combine to make a nice looking card. Way nicer than the arctic cooler on the powercolor play edition.

The HIS one is also running 6-8 degrees cooler too, although some of that can be attributed to it being in slot #2.
January 22, 2010 10:12:28 AM

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January 23, 2010 12:53:30 AM

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