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AMD Unveils ATI Eyefinity Six Monitor Output

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 108 comments

Do you really have the desk space for all this? Yeah, we'd make room for it too.

Anyone who has worked in a multi-monitor environment will tell you that the more displays the merrier things are. Sure, having two or even three monitors on a desktop isn't unheard of – but what about six? That's what AMD is introducing today with the ATI Eyefinity.

Eyefinity will be a feature of the upcoming Radeon family of DirectX 11 enabled graphics processors, which will give PCs the ability to seamlessly connect up to six ultra high definition displays in a variety of portrait and landscape configurations – all with a single graphics card.

AMD boasts that the Eyefinity is able to combine so many displays that it'll be able to produce a resolution that approaches "eye-definition optical clarity" at 12 times 1080p high-definition. With a combined theoretical resolution of 268 megapixels, AMD says that it is roughly equivalent to the resolution of a 90 degree arc of what the human eye sees.

While we'll most definitely be able to organize our work spaces better with six full desktops, the question on all our minds is, "Will it run Crysis?" Actually, Crytek is working on it.

"Through the seamless multi-display ATI Eyefinity technology, and the raw compute power packed into the latest ATI Radeon graphics processors, Crytek has an incredible new canvas on which to present our latest PC games in ways that consumers have never experienced before," said Cervat Yerli, CEO and president of Crytek.

While six-monitor gaming will definitely be a part of the ATI Eyefinity (at least for those who end up with a full setup), but to make things even more impressive, AMD showed off at its media event four cards in a single system that was able to compose a full flight-sim image using 24 LCD monitors. Impressive, indeed.

ATI Radeon GPUs with Eyefinity will work with early all of your existing monitors, but those who wish to tile their desktops across multiple monitors with the utmost of style will want matching sets with the thinnest bezels. AMD said that it is working with Samsung Electronics to introduce ultra-thin bezel monitors and compatible stands that can easily be tiled specifically for the ATI Eyefinity experience.

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    zachary k , September 10, 2009 10:56 PM
    ok, would love to have 6 monitors, but the space between them would bug the crap out of me, why cant they make a monitor that has a screen that goes the the edge without crap around it?
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    alvine , September 10, 2009 10:53 PM
    thats crazy
    i was just staring at the pic of the graphic card
    looks big....cant wait to put it in my system!

    Can it play Crysis on 6 monitors? Indeed!
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    AdamB5000 , September 10, 2009 11:05 PM
    So is this just like a 50" LCD tv, only with higher resolution and annoying screen dividers?

    I'd quicker drop $1,200 on a 1080p LCD than this six screen setup.
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    alvine , September 10, 2009 10:53 PM
    thats crazy
    i was just staring at the pic of the graphic card
    looks big....cant wait to put it in my system!

    Can it play Crysis on 6 monitors? Indeed!
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    zachary k , September 10, 2009 10:56 PM
    ok, would love to have 6 monitors, but the space between them would bug the crap out of me, why cant they make a monitor that has a screen that goes the the edge without crap around it?
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    justiceguy216 , September 10, 2009 10:59 PM
    You could sort of do the 6 monitor thing with 2 Matrox triplehead2go's and dual vga output, but that was expensive as anything. I'm guessing this is a piece of hardware and wondering if they had to pay Matrox for the right to make it...
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    tektek , September 10, 2009 10:59 PM
    Would be an interesting display when u mod those 6 monitors to remove the edges on the panel and make it seemless! ... ok ok.. so i'm drooling.. your not?!
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    ca87 , September 10, 2009 11:01 PM
    i say get a 50" Hi-Def or bigger?
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    AdamB5000 , September 10, 2009 11:05 PM
    So is this just like a 50" LCD tv, only with higher resolution and annoying screen dividers?

    I'd quicker drop $1,200 on a 1080p LCD than this six screen setup.
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    doomtomb , September 10, 2009 11:12 PM
    Wouldn't just a single bigger monitor/television be more cost effective?
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    radnor , September 10, 2009 11:15 PM
    Removing bezels and making a frame for this kind of setup is easy. The panels it self are cheap as chips.

    You just need a bit of DIY. If they make this cheap enough, depending on specs, they might gain alot on the Office/productivity suites. In my crummy job i already use 4 Virtual Desktops. 6 real monitores would be great in terms of productivity.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2009 11:16 PM
    AMD just keeps batting them right out of the park. I'm definitely buying some more AMD products in the near future. They just pissed all over the over-hyped Core i5 parade.
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    nun , September 10, 2009 11:20 PM
    project natal anyone
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    LORD_ORION , September 10, 2009 11:22 PM
    Why would you ever do this when you can put it on a 1080P high dev TV and crank the AA?

    If there were no screen divders, this would probably be awesome... but apparently engineers don't realize this is actually retarded.

    Even the thin bezel dividers on the Samsung are too much.
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    Major7up , September 10, 2009 11:28 PM
    that would be much more convenient than having 3 PCI express cars as I currently do but what if you just want to play on one mon and have the rest as multiple desktops? I hate the bezels...they are distracting in games...
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    Impulse Fire911 , September 10, 2009 11:30 PM
    omfg cmon im just waiting for the article of the 5800 series CMONNNN card looks beast tho ill get it if i can :) 
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    cybrcatter , September 10, 2009 11:35 PM
    This could possibly be great timing if OLED monitors really start penetrating the market soon. Some of the OLED displays i've seen have bezels of merely a few millimeters, and some only on two side.
    Otherwise, I agree with some of the other posters; those edges would just p!$$ the hell out of me.
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    stormvice , September 10, 2009 11:39 PM
    It´s great for CCTV systems. I work with 6 monitor solution for monitoring 576 cameras with a single PC. It´ll be great to reduce the machine to a single-card setup.
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    skit75 , September 10, 2009 11:40 PM
    "AMD boasts that the Eyefinity is able to combine so many displays that it'll be able to produce a resolution that approaches "eye-definition optical clarity" at 12 times 1080p high-definition. With a combined theoretical resolution of 268 megapixels, AMD says that it is roughly equivalent to the resolution of a 90 degree arc of what the human eye sees."
    Its right there in black and white if you read the article.....a single monitor, no matter what the physical screen size is, simply does not have enough horizontal/vertical pixels to even come close to the total resolution of a 6 monitor setup. /facepalm @ posters
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    SAL-e , September 10, 2009 11:42 PM
    With current LCD technology the distance between monitors can not be removed. In best custom mod it will be at least 1cm. Currently there is only one technology that allow the space to be in the range of 2mm. DLP monitor from Mitsubishi. At work I have 5x2x68" video wall. When you have 5-6cm between the monitors the color imbalance is not big problem, but once you get the gab reduced less then 4mm it becomes a real problem. The smallest color difference is really distracting. So if you ask me, for games get a supper hi-res projector and good screen it is much better. This setup is cool for professionals that are in need to keep eye on big amount of data in real time, like process operators, stock market brokers, aviation, traffic, and etc control applications.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2009 11:44 PM
    Just imagine using the EyeFinity with Multiple NEC CRV43 monitors :) 
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    ozzman24 , September 10, 2009 11:48 PM
    What the hell is up with pic 3? I know it's more less a PC without a case, or is it? Anyone know where I can find out more about a setup like what's in pic 3?
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    ptroen , September 10, 2009 11:57 PM
    What will probably end up happening is moniter makes will not make bigger displays but find ways to connect the display so the edge's aren't so obvious. I mean the displays are lcd displays are flat afterall. I industry standard for this would be even nicer but that's probably asking 4 too much.
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