Tuesday October 13, 2009

Eyefinity Update

So as you might know, I was pretty darn impressed with ATI Eyefinity Technology that we showcased here lately. In fact we have been very much impressed with everything AMD has done lately on the GPU side of things. But to let you guys know that I put my money where my mouth is, I "upgraded" my own system tonight. I put that word in quotations because honestly, it seems sort of odd even to me to pull out two 4870 X2 cards in a CrossFireX configuration to replace them with one ATI Radeon 5870, but that is exactly what I did, and this shows you exactly what it got me. (Excuse the quality of the pictures, I just snapped them while playing around with the new system.)

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The first game pictured is STALKER: Clear Sky and the second is Left 4 Dead. I am running three Dell U2410 displays in a portrait 3x1 Eyefinity display group. Both games were easy to get running at 3600x1920 resolution with a bit of patience. I did not have to use any hacks or go to the command line. The biggest issue I had was the Catalyst Control Center crashing twice while configuring the display group. But it seems that the third time was charmed as it then worked fine.

You can obviously see issues with how the bezels throw off the flow of the pixels from screen to screen. Once you get gaming this does not bother me much, but I surely want to see it corrected, the same as Matrox did for its technology. Hit the link for some good animations of what we expect from AMD at the least.

I went with the portrait mode as I want a lot of vertical pixels for editing documents and this configuration allowed me more than the 1600 pixels I had before with the Dell 3007 at 2560x1600. It is going to take some getting used to as I have given up the large continuous vertical span allowed by the Dell 3007, but I think I will adjust quickly.

Base system specs: Intel Core i7 920 at 3.6GHz, ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution mobo, 6x2GB of DDR3 at 1443MHz, and ATI Radeon 5870.