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Hands-on: Radeon HD 6990 Running Eyefinity 5x1

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 102 comments

Today we paid a visit to AMD's offices in Markham, Ontario and we got an early look at a couple of new technologies.

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Doing Eyefinity 5x1 Dirt 3

One thing that should please gamers with lots of the same model of monitors is an Eyefinity configuration called 5x1, which means five monitors all lined up in a single row.

Rather than have them laid out in their normal 16:9 or 16:10 widescreen modes, the set up that we saw had the LCDs in portrait mode. This effectively gave the effect of both a wide peripheral view, as well as something with a bit more vertical coverage. (We also figure that having five monitors in landscape mode would give a far too extreme field-of-view.)

As you can see here, there's bezel compensation enabled in the driverAs you can see here, there's bezel compensation enabled in the driver

Having the 5x1 setup with portrait monitors would also prove to be a more cost effective way of getting big, widescreen gaming without having to spring for an Eyefinity 3 setup composed of 30-inch LCDs that cost north of the four-digit range.

The setup we saw was running off the dual-Cayman Antilles Radeon HD 6990 card, which pumped pixels to the five displays quite smoothly in the demos we got to see of Dirt 3 and Dragon Age 2. (We'll clarify the total resolution with AMD and update this article.)

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    waikano , March 15, 2011 9:11 PM
    Get rid of the Bezels and I would be game.
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    waikano , March 15, 2011 9:11 PM
    Get rid of the Bezels and I would be game.
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    jerreece , March 15, 2011 9:14 PM
    Holy crap...
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    Burodsx , March 15, 2011 9:20 PM
    Very nice, but won't be tempted to do this until a monitor is nothing but a screen.
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    Nakal , March 15, 2011 9:21 PM
    waikanoGet rid of the Bezels and I would be game.

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    geekapproved , March 15, 2011 9:22 PM
    That's badazz, but not for me. They should make monitors with removable bezels for this.
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    Xatos , March 15, 2011 9:25 PM
    Cool, but that many screens is redundant, and being sideways like that puts too many breaks in the screen.
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    kilo_17 , March 15, 2011 9:37 PM
    That's awesome
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    steelyphil , March 15, 2011 9:40 PM
    Hes using a 360 controller.....
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    foogoo , March 15, 2011 9:52 PM
    One dead pixel in a display drives me crazy i couldn't imagine staring at 8 huge 3/4 inch black lines for hours on end. I really don't understand this implementation of multiple screens. Even with the cinimassive displays the lines are unacceptable.
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    XZaapryca , March 15, 2011 9:53 PM
    I've been running a three monitor setup for a few months now and most of the time I don't even notice the bezels while playing games. The center screen is my focus and the other two are more like "peripheral vision". You still have to turn in-game focus to the center screen to shoot, right? Don't know how I got along without three monitors before. YMMV. Outside of games, multiple monitors is a no-brainer for productivity and multitasking.
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    dread_cthulhu , March 15, 2011 9:55 PM
    Yeah, the bezels would drive me nuts...
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    CrysisComa , March 15, 2011 10:02 PM
    iv got eyefinity x3 but with these 5 it looks a bit annoying. i know with 3 you dont even notice the bezels. but with this monitors all positioned vertically it looks like it might be a bit annoying
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    PudgyChicken , March 15, 2011 10:27 PM
    Props to AMD, this is incredible for 5 displays connected to one card with solid fps. Nvidia, please don't rush the 590, release a fully polished card that can compete with this behemoth.
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    Bigmac80 , March 15, 2011 10:28 PM
    I don't like the way it looks with the black lines.
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    11796pcs , March 15, 2011 10:37 PM
    I REALLY want their job.
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    tntom , March 15, 2011 10:38 PM
    Use projectors! No Bezels.

    Need to build a rear projection system using frameless LCD screens, and old over-head projectors, like Tom's built awhile back in 2004.,918-14.html.
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    liquidchild , March 15, 2011 10:46 PM
    all this cenimassive crap everyone is talking about is makes LEDs that have a .2 inch bezel and it wont cost you 10 gs for 3 40 inch LEDs like it does from that ripoff site.(or at least a ripoff for a private setup) Even if your a tard and get them from best buy it would run you 3k at most. Besides all you have to do is get a run of the mill LED with around a 1 inch bezel and put the other 2 screens bezels behind the middle tvs...that is what i did YOU DO NOT PERCEIVE A ONE INCH BEZEL WHEN GAMING and its doesn't matter for work related apps
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2011 10:52 PM
    Well let's hope that they now going to fix the driver issues with Eyefinity 6 cards as well. At least with MD230x3/x6 they do have quite strange problems in connection with DisplayPort setups. :( 
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    cburke82 , March 15, 2011 11:07 PM
    It sounds good but I would rather stay using my 40" LCD TV in 1080P. The problem with EYEFINITY for me is all the gaps in the picture. For me that totally messes with the quality of the picture. Also how much would one have to spent on 5 screens just to have 4 lines going through your game. Perhaps AMD could partner up with a TV/Monitor maker to make something that would display the same size and res but be a smooth screen and for a comparable price to the 2-5 screens
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    eklipz330 , March 15, 2011 11:29 PM
    that looks dope
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