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ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Review

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shokwaav 13th April 2010, 14:02 Quote
Grid 2? don't you mean Dirt 2?
DocWolfe 13th April 2010, 14:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by shokwaav
Grid 2? don't you mean Dirt 2?

The game in the picture is definately GRID.
Sifter3000 13th April 2010, 14:26 Quote
Yup, corrected, it's Grid
Claave 13th April 2010, 14:38 Quote
^^ No, it's Dirt 2... Ahhh, who cares, they both look the same! :D
Redkachina 13th April 2010, 14:43 Quote
Looks like more ram is better for eyefinity..
Sifter3000 13th April 2010, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
^^ No, it's Dirt 2... Ahhh, who cares, they both look the same! :D

Maybe it's really the new Codies F1 game :p
cyrilthefish 13th April 2010, 15:02 Quote
Out of interest, have you tried the screens in portrait mode?

3x screens in portrait would seem a lot better than the epic-widescreen of them in landscape mode IMHO

3240 x 1920 vs 5760 x 1080
infi 13th April 2010, 15:06 Quote
with how many screens did you test the IDLE power consumption of the eyefinity card? only with one screen or with all 6 screens connected and activated?

because I recently noticed that the power consumption of my new HD5870 card was on par with my old HD3870 until I activated my second screen, while this didn't matter on the HD3870 the IDLE power consumption soared a whopping 30W on the HD5870, I'm even considering adding a 5450 card at 6W idle just to run the second screen.

so I would find it interesting how the idle power consumption on the eyefinity card varies depending on the number of monitors.
wuyanxu 13th April 2010, 15:20 Quote
is there any reason why people MUST have 3 identical resolution screens at identical orientation?

as the article said (im sure ATI knows this) only half of each side screen can actually be seen.

surely best way to do it is have Portrait + large Landscape + Portrait. (eg, 20 + 30 + 20; 17 + 24 19x12 + 17; 19 + 27 25x14 + 19) that's how i'd configure my monitors if i have the money for a 30incher.
perplekks45 13th April 2010, 15:36 Quote
Wow... it's still not useful. Get rid of bezels and we're talking.

Oh, and the price for the whole setup sucks as well. ;)
rollo 13th April 2010, 15:40 Quote
All must be same can't so the flight sim setups which are kinda pro

2gb of ram does nothing, £110 for 0 it's worse than the 480 and it's a waste of money

I recently went 2 screens for certain games

World of Warcraft and sup com 1+2 wow let's you dump all raid stuff on it and sup
com gives you the tactical map

but I mostly just use my 24inch for games and the 22inch for msn ect
Unknownsock 13th April 2010, 15:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
Wow... it's still not useful. Get rid of bezels and we're talking.

Oh, and the price for the whole setup sucks as well. ;)

I could get a Eyefinity setup for just over £200 with 3 19" screens, so it isnt that much.
[USRF]Obiwan 13th April 2010, 15:52 Quote
Why didn't you rotate the 3 screens 90 degrees, this way you would see all 3 screens and instead of being to limited vertically it would also be in a better aspect ratio...

If you still have the setup standing. Can you try this out maybe?
perplekks45 13th April 2010, 16:06 Quote
But people spending that much on a graphics card usually don't settle for 3 x 19", do they? That's definitely not the part of the market they're aiming for.

And if I spent that much on a card I'd definitely not use it to power three "small" screens. :p
Floyd 13th April 2010, 16:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
Wow... it's still not useful. Get rid of bezels and we're talking.
Thats my biggest gripe about it right now. Yes it looks nice and all but you have those stupid bezels in the way.
Sheiken 13th April 2010, 17:13 Quote
It is definitely Dirt 2!
And what is the purpose of eyefinity view if you arent using cockpit view in racing games?
Pookeyhead 13th April 2010, 17:15 Quote
Pointless product. Using 6 screens the performance is pretty poor, and a bezel right through the middle... just where the centre of the screen, or your cross-hairs are. Brilliant.

Sitting close to a 30" monitor is FAR more immersive than this waste of time.
barndoor101 13th April 2010, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sifter3000
Yup, corrected, it's Grid

it looks scarily like the london rallycross level in dirt 2 though...

EDIT: yup it is dirt 2 - racers names are from dirt2.
13eightyfour 13th April 2010, 17:29 Quote
Couldnt you overlap the bezels of the left/right screens and sit the middle screen back the width of the bezel? or the other way round middle overlapping the outer screens?

That way you'd only have the thickness of a single bezel, still annoying but a little less so than a double thick one.
Claave 13th April 2010, 17:56 Quote
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Obiwan]Why didn't you rotate the 3 screens 90 degrees, this way you would see all 3 screens and instead of being to limited vertically it would also be in a better aspect ratio...

If you still have the setup standing. Can you try this out maybe?

Yes, that would be interesting, but unfortunately NEC needed its screens for an event.
SchizoFrog 13th April 2010, 18:12 Quote
Jeese... The game from this test was indeed DiRT 2. However, the in-game picture on page two is from an older article and is displaying GRiD.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/03/10/hands-on-with-6-screen-ati-eyefinity/3

I would also like to just say that after all the 'FAIL' comments regarding nVidia's Fermi I am amazed that ATi would release a card this expensive with no benefit over much cheaper cards. I would also like to question what is up with the results of the HD5970 as in some tests it seemed to perform slower than a HD5870... Is this purely down to Driver support or the lower clockrates?
TSR2 13th April 2010, 18:19 Quote
Somehow, for the price of an Eyefinity setup, I can't see high-street versus internet cable prices being a problem. And its also shown me why the Fermi cards, with 512MB more memory, outperformed ATI's, something I've been wondering about ever since seeing the reviews.
Stewb 13th April 2010, 18:21 Quote
I know the 5970 is lower than the 5870 in DoW becuase DoW hates mutli-gpus, not sure about crysis though....
Claave 13th April 2010, 18:23 Quote
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Why did the 5970 manage 0 minimum, 0 average in all the Crysis tests? Or am I just being stupid and missing something blindingly obvious (which I know is pretty likely)

From the article:
It’s also worth noting that the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970 was significantly faster than either game in many games, although it refused to work in Crysis at the Eyefinity resolution of 5,760 x 1,080.
SchizoFrog 13th April 2010, 18:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave

From the article:
It’s also worth noting that the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970 was significantly faster than either game in many games, although it refused to work in Crysis at the Eyefinity resolution of 5,760 x 1,080.

"...faster than either [game] in many games" - Surely that should read "...faster than either card in many games".
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