AMD's ATI Eyefinity Technology Review

Multi-display gaming is nothing new to gaming enthusiast but it has been something that was not easily attained. AMD has changed that by delivering Eyefinity Technology will all of is next generation GPUs that are currently being introduced to consumers. Eyefinity delivers great performance on the Radeon HD 5870 video card.

Introduction

There has been no shortage of previews and quick looks at AMD's ATI Eyefinity technology over the past couple of weeks. HardOCP published its own quick look here that gives a general idea of what Eyefinity is all about. We have been holding off to hopefully give a more robust look at what Eyefinity might do for you in a gaming scenario. There are still some unanswered questions as to Eyefinity compatibility, but certainly AMD is aware of your questions and is working hard to get those answered.

I felt as though I wanted to cover Eyefinity in a video format, and we have published that video below. We hope you enjoy it and it gets you a bit more acquainted with what Eyefinity might actually do for your gaming experience.

We have spent two weeks now playing Eyefinity powered games using am ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card. That card is fully reviewed here at HardOCP.com, and we would suggest you check out our ATI Radeon HD 5850 video card and CrossFireX review of the 5850 late tomorrow night.

Let me apologize up front for some of our production issues with this video. The audio could be a lot better, but there were some issues beyond our control. Also there are several spots that I misspoke. The card being shown off is the Radeon HD 5870. The 5850 and 5770/50 cards will also natively support Eyefinity, but obviously exhibit different performance.

Update: Here is my own Eyefinity configuration in action.

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AMD ATI Eyefinity Technology

One thing I did leave out of the video is the fact that Eyefinity requires either using the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems currently and Linux is scheduled to be compatible some time in the future.

Also, here is a link to the driver currently being supplied by AMD for the 5800 series GPUs that support Eyefinity in Vista and Windows 7.

Discussion


DisplayPort Panels You Can Buy Now

If you are feeling the need for getting some Eyefinity action right now, here is a list of monitors that currently have a DisplayPort in connector. If you have two DVI panels and a DP panel that are the same resolution, Eyefinity should be a snap with a 5870 or 5850 video card.

Dell 3008 - Dell U2410 - Dell 2408 - Dell P2010H - Dell P2210H - Dell P2310H - NEC MultiSync EA231WMi-BK - HP LP2480zx - HP LP2475w - HP LP2275w - Lenovo 2440x


Official Word

Below you will see the official PDF document covering AMD's ATI Eyefinity Technology. It contains a lot more specifics than what we gave you in the video and will hopefully answer some more of your pointed questions. Page 15 is very interesting in that it gives a list of games easily expected to work with Eyefinity configurations. I think we are going to see Eyefinity bring to back to life some gaming titles have likely sat dormant on your shelves for a while now.

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