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Behind-the-Scenes With ATI Eyefinity 6 in Our Labs

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See what we think is the best use of having a hexa-monitor setup.

It's been teased for some time, but AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5870 with Eyefinity 6 is finally here. Rather than the three monitors that existing Radeon HD 5000 series can drive, the new Eyefinity 6 edition doubles that and can push six displays simultaneously through six mini-DisplayPort outputs.

"The ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition graphics card opens the door to a new era in personal computing," said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Division. "With the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition, PC users get the ultimate panoramic computing experience in one powerful card. By bridging the innovation in ATI Eyefinity technology with broad ecosystem support, AMD is revolutionizing the PC visual experience."

Features of the new ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition include:

  • 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
  • Inclusion of five adaptors: two mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapters, two passive mini DisplayPort to DVI dongles, and one passive mini DisplayPort to HDMI dongle.
  • Support for 3×2 display configuration with new configurations supported in upcoming ATI Catalyst software updates.

For a demonstration of this 3×2 display configuration in action, check out our behind the scenes look from our testing experiences:

Behind The Scenes: Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity6 Edition

Click here to check out a peek at Modern Warfare 2 running across six screens and don't forget to read our full review of the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition.

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    rigaudio , April 1, 2010 12:43 AM
    Can it do six portrait monitors in a single row? That would be optimal for shooters, I think.
    Edit: No, wait, there'd still be a centre bezel. How about 5 in a row, then?
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 12:41 AM
    Now this will open the market for bezel free, interlocking LED screens. :D 
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 12:41 AM
    Now this will open the market for bezel free, interlocking LED screens. :D 
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    rigaudio , April 1, 2010 12:43 AM
    Can it do six portrait monitors in a single row? That would be optimal for shooters, I think.
    Edit: No, wait, there'd still be a centre bezel. How about 5 in a row, then?
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    curnel_D , April 1, 2010 12:57 AM
    rigaudioCan it do six portrait monitors in a single row? That would be optimal for shooters, I think.Edit: No, wait, there'd still be a centre bezel. How about 5 in a row, then?

    It'd be amazing for Flight Sims though.
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    HansVonOhain , April 1, 2010 1:07 AM
    Curnel_DIt'd be amazing for Flight Sims though.


    My thoughts exactly. Patiently waiting for SOW:Battle of Britain from 1C company.
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    bdonedge , April 1, 2010 1:08 AM
    I think it was made with Flight Sims in mind. That being said, 5 in a row should cut out the central bezel making COD way more fun
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    Nintendork , April 1, 2010 2:26 AM
    Two of this in CF are the paradise for this res (see anandtech's review).
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    gamebrigada , April 1, 2010 2:51 AM
    Man I wish you could use 2 of these and run 12 monitors. Surround Vision anyone?
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    cruiseoveride , April 1, 2010 2:58 AM
    Why dont you guys enable the pixel compensation feature?
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 4:49 AM
    bezel-less LCDs, or 5 in portrait. both the fps and racing game looked terrible. especially the dropped frames in the racing game.
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    agnickolov , April 1, 2010 5:22 AM
    I'd be more interested in a 5570 or 5450 - for productivity reasons obviously.
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    a4mula , April 1, 2010 6:58 AM
    Mutliple configs for 12, 18, 24 monitors using crossfire is not yet supported, though if the Linux based tech-demo is any indication they're working on it.

    I'm running a 3x1 Portrait now, I'm picking one of these up to run a 5x1 when it ships. I may add the 6th monitor as a stand alone group for web browsing and whatnot.
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    Mousemonkey , April 1, 2010 7:52 AM
    Quote:
    Can it do six portrait monitors in a single row? That would be optimal for shooters, I think.
    Edit: No, wait, there'd still be a centre bezel. How about 5 in a row, then?


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    I think it was made with Flight Sims in mind. That being said, 5 in a row should cut out the central bezel making COD way more fun


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    bezel-less LCDs, or 5 in portrait. both the fps and racing game looked terrible. especially the dropped frames in the racing game.


    Quote:
    Mutliple configs for 12, 18, 24 monitors using crossfire is not yet supported, though if the Linux based tech-demo is any indication they're working on it.

    I'm running a 3x1 Portrait now, I'm picking one of these up to run a 5x1 when it ships. I may add the 6th monitor as a stand alone group for web browsing and whatnot.


    You guys really need to research more before making a wish list.

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    Users can connect one, two, three, four or six monitors (not five, curiously) in an array of configurations.


    Source
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    tapnick , April 1, 2010 11:40 AM
    must have
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    jfem , April 1, 2010 12:05 PM
    The HD5970 might be the better solution for gaming with Eyefinity6 as an HD5870 is having difficulty reaching acceptable framerates in today's titles.
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    HavoCnMe , April 1, 2010 2:24 PM
    So let's do some math, Eyefinity6 style:
    6x Acer B243HL monitors @ $299.99 ea. = $1799.94 (could of gone cheaper)
    1x HIS H597F2GDGC Radeon HD 5970 2GB @ $749.99
    Total = $2549.93

    To see the look on your wife's face when she get's the bill, priceless.
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    Socnom , April 1, 2010 2:34 PM
    I still say hook em up to projectors instead of monitors. Why hasn't anyone attempted this yet?

    I can see how Movie Theaters could use this technology to get even higher resolutions.
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    4ILY45 , April 1, 2010 4:48 PM
    Now if some LED tv/ monitor manufacturer would build bezeless screens..
    3x 30" screens would be nice :D 
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    a4mula , April 1, 2010 9:08 PM
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    You guys really need to research more before making a wish list.


    http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=18583&start=30

    I always do my research first.
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    elbert , April 1, 2010 9:59 PM
    Hope AMD support one of these with a normal 5870 for a 3X3 9 display setup.
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    spoofedpacket , April 2, 2010 2:07 AM
    HavoCnMeSo let's do some math, Eyefinity6 style: 6x Acer B243HL monitors @ $299.99 ea. = $1799.94 (could of gone cheaper)1x HIS H597F2GDGC Radeon HD 5970 2GB @ $749.99Total = $2549.93To see the look on your wife's face when she get's the bill, priceless.


    Acer monitors? really? I could think of a lot better things to do with $1800 than getting a pile of junk TN panels with flaky warranties.
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