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Tom's Readers Get the Eyefinity Treatment

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Three monitors are always better than one!

This past weekend, six lucky Tom's Hardware readers got to sit down with us here in our Culver City office. It's always fun to meet and chat with readers of both Hardware and Guide, be it at a convention or LAN party... but it’s always more fun on our home turf, especially when we have a surprise in store for them.

In conjunction with AMD and EA, Tom's brought the readers in to play with a top-of-the-line Eyefinity gaming rig, complete with a Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor, 5870 graphics card, and three Dell 2310 23-inch (1920x1080) monitors. The day was replete with Dragon Age: Origins, Modern Warfare 2, and Supreme Commander. Playing any game at a 5760x1080 resolution is going to be amazing, but Dragon Age was especially fun because it's optimized for an Eyefinity setup.

Games were played, prizes were won, and plenty of Red Bull and soda was consumed, without a doubt. What you see is here merely a glimpse of the days' events, as there will be plenty of pictures and video over the next week. Stay tuned!

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    griffed88 , February 1, 2010 3:33 PM
    wow, i. want. that...a 955 with a 5870 isn't all that expensive either! What kinda fps were you getting at that resolution? and did you have all the settings maxed out?
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    exfileme , February 1, 2010 3:42 PM
    I agree we should be at E3. So who would be our booth babe? Marcus? -KP
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    bustapr , February 1, 2010 4:31 PM
    exfilemeI agree we should be at E3. So who would be our booth babe? Marcus? -KP

    Jane's pretty Hot! She would do great in a Silk Spectre Suit!!:) 
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    sliem , February 1, 2010 3:32 PM
    Booth at E3... displaying what?
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    rpmrush , February 1, 2010 3:33 PM
    I wonder what Supreme commander would be like! I love it's graphics!
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    griffed88 , February 1, 2010 3:33 PM
    wow, i. want. that...a 955 with a 5870 isn't all that expensive either! What kinda fps were you getting at that resolution? and did you have all the settings maxed out?
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    exfileme , February 1, 2010 3:42 PM
    I agree we should be at E3. So who would be our booth babe? Marcus? -KP
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    lowguppy , February 1, 2010 3:50 PM
    How is it optimized for EyeFinity? Even at 1680x1050 the buttons and text are nearly unreadable tiny with no way to scale them. I can't imagine trying to play the game at higher resolutions.
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    El_Capitan , February 1, 2010 3:52 PM
    Picture that, but instead with an i7 920 and three Hanspree/Hanns G 28" (1920 x 1200) monitors, and that's what I get to play with everyday. Well, more like work with everyday... but I never want to seem to play in a 5760x1200 resolution.
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    empstar , February 1, 2010 3:58 PM
    I got R5870 with 32" Sony LCD TV(KLV-32W550A). I like Eyefinity setup but I hate the black flame/border between 2 monitor. LG borderless TV seen to be a good idea. ;-b but I like Samsung LED TV (slim), sony outdated, can't catch up with market..... any manufacturer have borderless LED TV + slim. I'm sure get 3 of that and Eyefinity here I come. but another problem .... DP (display port) why don't just make 3 HDMI or 3 DVI or 3 DP on one graphic card..
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    zelannii , February 1, 2010 4:02 PM
    What's with all the friggin 22" + monitors only having 1080 vertical lines!?!?!?

    My 22" acer monitor at home has 1200, and I certainly would NEVER consider fewer vertical lines, especially on a larger screen were I to replace it. 1200 vertical is just BARELY enough. I suffer with 1280x1024 at work and I regularly can't get enough vertical screen space when looking at documents. I've re-oriented my second display into Portrait just to make it usable. 1080 on a GAMING screen? Say it ain't so Toms, Say it ain't so!
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    one-shot , February 1, 2010 4:15 PM
    My 22" Samsung is 1680x1050 and my Acer 24" is 1920x1200. I tried playing an RTS game across both monitors by setting the resolution to 1680x1050 for both. I ended up only looking at one monitor the entire time because I wasn't used to gaming on 2 screens at once. I can't imagine 3 monitors except for Flight Sim X or unless the game is truly optimized to run Eye-Finity.
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    zilnicra , February 1, 2010 4:26 PM
    zelanniiWhat's with all the friggin 22" + monitors only having 1080 vertical lines!?!?!? My 22" acer monitor at home has 1200, and I certainly would NEVER consider fewer vertical lines, especially on a larger screen were I to replace it. 1200 vertical is just BARELY enough. I suffer with 1280x1024 at work and I regularly can't get enough vertical screen space when looking at documents. I've re-oriented my second display into Portrait just to make it usable. 1080 on a GAMING screen? Say it ain't so Toms, Say it ain't so!



    the reason its 1920x 1080 is because that is 1080p resolution. it is less expensive for the companies to make ALL of their lcd screens that resolution (including tv's). Economies of scale my friend.
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    bustapr , February 1, 2010 4:31 PM
    exfilemeI agree we should be at E3. So who would be our booth babe? Marcus? -KP

    Jane's pretty Hot! She would do great in a Silk Spectre Suit!!:) 
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    hundredislandsboy , February 1, 2010 4:40 PM
    AMD wins again with coming uo with new toys for gamers!
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    itrendslave , February 1, 2010 4:47 PM
    exfilemeI agree we should be at E3. So who would be our booth babe? Marcus? -KP

    How about Jane? =P
    Lots of readers are apparently big fans of her looks (judging by the comments on the Christmas gadgets article). Just a thought... Also, just noticed that bustapr had the same idea!
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    back_by_demand , February 1, 2010 4:51 PM
    exfilemeI agree we should be at E3. So who would be our booth babe? Marcus? -KP

    Jane and Sarah, a shoe-in for anybody's booth babe's
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    vgdarkstar , February 1, 2010 5:36 PM
    El_CapitanPicture that, but instead with an i7 920 and three Hanspree/Hanns G 28" (1920 x 1200) monitors, and that's what I get to play with everyday. Well, more like work with everyday... but I never want to seem to play in a 5760x1200 resolution.


    Then add 3x 22" acer displays, hd5870 and gtx295 with a TH2G on top of all that and you get what I have :p 
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    notty22 , February 1, 2010 6:08 PM
    wrong page, lol
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    NapoleonDK , February 1, 2010 6:08 PM
    filmman03http://www.e3expo.com/apply/exhibit/DO IT.

    GOGOGO! DO IT! RAIDNAOWBARRLRLLWARRGARBL :D 
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    sakanagai , February 1, 2010 6:16 PM
    I added a Radeon HD 5970 to my i7 920 rig connected to a 24" Dell flanked by two 24" Gateways for 5760x1200 goodness. Even with the i7 OC'ed and the awesomeness of the 5970, I'm stuck below 30fps on Crysis Warhead (Mainstream settings). Still, I kill L4D2 (120fps, maxed) with very much playable (~60fps) Bioshock (maxed) and Far Cry 2 (most settings Very High, DX9 only). Certain titles are having a lot of trouble with Eyefinity, though. Oblivion loses menu text and has stability issues; Crysis won't run at all, crashing at menus; Far Cry 2 doesn't support it in DX10; Borderlands doesn't scale menus or HUD elements for that aspect.
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