AMD Unveils ATI Eyefinity Six Monitor Output

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • alvine
    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!
  • zachary k
    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?
  • justiceguy216
    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...
  • tektek
    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?!
  • ca87
    i say get a 50" Hi-Def or bigger?
  • AdamB5000
    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.
  • doomtomb
    Wouldn't just a single bigger monitor/television be more cost effective?
  • radnor
    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.
  • 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.
  • nun
    project natal anyone