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AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta introduces Eyefinity 3

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta introduces Eyefinity 3

The new AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta driver bundle includes Eyefinity 3, which adds official support for non-matching displays for the first time.

AMD has released a new set of beta drivers for its graphics products, and while Catalyst 14.6 Beta might headline with improved performance for hack-'em-up Watch Dogs it comes with a surprise bonus: the ability to run an Eyefinity setup with non-matching monitors.

AMD's multi-display solution, Eyefinity allows the user to create a video wall of monitors in a variety of configurations. The most common is a three-display setup, with a central monitor providing the main view and angled monitors at the side simulating peripheral vision. Traditionally, Eyefinity has required that all monitors are running at the same resolution - but the new beta drivers change that.

Under Eyefinity 3, available with the Catalyst 14.6 Beta driver bundle and to be rolled into the general release soon, a user can configure a multi-display layout using mixed resolutions. AMD's official examples suggest using a pair of 1,600x1,200 displays alongside a 1,920x1,600 display to create a 5,120x1,200 virtual display, or using a pair of 1,920x1,080 displays and a central 2,560x1,080 display for a whopping 6,400x1,080 setup.

Using custom bezel alignment, AMD claims that the new Eyefinity software allows for a variety of multi-display modes: a fill mode is identical to the previous Eyefinity release, and works best with matched monitors; a fit mode creates an Eyefinity surface using the best available rectangular area; and an expand mode uses the displays as viewports onto a virtual surface. A new one-click setup option is also included, to get Eyefinity running as easily as possible on new installations.

The new driver bundle also includes performance improvements - up to 28 per cent in Watch Dogs and 16 per cent in Murdered: Soul Suspect - alongside support for multi-GPU setups in the Thief reboot, Mantle improvements, JPEG decoding acceleration on all AM1 products, and improved colour controls. The beta drivers can be downloaded from the official website.

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Kovoet 28th May 2014, 12:02 Quote
Awesome this will good for some people
Podge4 29th May 2014, 00:28 Quote
Id like to get into Eyefinity with my Radeon 7870 but whenever i look at adapters that are certified for Eyefinity on Amazon in the reviews nearly all say they don't work.

Im thinking of this cable should i try it
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Accell-B086B-002B-UltraAV-Display-Adapter/dp/B0041OEQA6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401315974&sr=8-1&keywords=B086B-002B
Chris_Waddle 30th May 2014, 15:52 Quote
I don't think that adaptor will work. It needs to be an active convertor such as this one

Some monitors such as one of the BenQ's that I have (XL2420t), don't require the need for an active convertor as it's already built in.

I'm going to give these drivers a try this weekend. Hopefully I will be able to run Watch Dogs at a bevel adjusted 5760x1080. I like the sound of the improvements that they have made.
Podge4 31st May 2014, 00:43 Quote
Nice CW, I'll see about ordering one soon
Fizzl 31st May 2014, 12:43 Quote
2560 × 1440 as the main screen + a 1440 x 900 rotated 90 degrees either side. Would need to find a combination that lines up without too much bezel.

I've always found 3 * 1920 x 1080 slightly too wide so it might be worth the hunt.
heir flick 2nd June 2014, 20:24 Quote
Does the new eyefinity drivers now suoport portrait landscape portrait
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