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AMD announces six-monitor card

AMD announces six-monitor card

The Eyefinity technology allows six monitors to be connected in any configuration and treated as any combination of independent displays or single rendering surfaces.

If you quite fancy a multi-monitor setup but think that stopping at two - or even three - is weak, check out AMD's latest announcement: the Eyefinity.

According to AnandTech, the new Eyefinity technology - announced at a press conference yesterday by the company's ATI subsidiary - will give users the opportunity to drive up to six monitors from a single card.

The technology uses the increasingly popular DisplayPort specification for its six outputs, and was originally developed due to OEMs requesting notebook GPUs that could drive six different output devices at different times.

What makes Eyefinity interesting isn't that it is capable of driving so many displays, but rather that it treats the combined displays as a single surface for rendering purposes. What this translates to in reality is a demonstration of popular time-sink World of Warcraft running across six 30" monitors in a 3:2 configuration, each with a resolution of 2560x1600 - meaning an overall HD-busting resolution of 7680x3200, or 24 megapixels.

Despite the incredibly high resolution, the single GPU that powers Eyefinity seems to cope pretty well: a DirectX 11 part, the new chip was able to keep WoW ticking along at an impressive 80 frames per second with all detail settings cranked up to their maximum.

Actual specifications from the press conference are being kept under wraps, but it is known that the part - which will appear on cards from the Radeon HD5800 family - features 2.15 billion transitors and a total performance of 2.5 TFLOPS.

AMD also revealed that it is partnering with Samsung to produce a 3:2 ultra-high resolution display suitable for use with Eyefinity featuring six panels each with a slim bezel and no power LED in order to minimise distractions.

Pricing was, of course, not mentioned - but an official release announcement is expected at the end of the month.

Does Eyefinity have you drooling over the thought of ultra-high resolution gaming, or are you suspicious as to exactly how many games can be driven by a single GPU at playable framerates? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Jack_Pepsi 11th September 2009, 10:20 Quote
Yummeh!
mrdoogso 11th September 2009, 10:25 Quote
gosh - maybe this will start the trend towards monitors with very little plastic side casing.. allowing for more seamless multi-monitor setups !! i knew i applied for that second credit card for a reason :o)
Aterius Gmork 11th September 2009, 10:30 Quote
Am I the only one that finds this 6 screen setup actually looks uncomfortable to play on? Black bars all over the place... great.

Will this work with Display Port only? They realize the multi screen via drivers, so this should work with the old 4870 as well?
Rkiver 11th September 2009, 10:32 Quote
Now that's impressive, and yes, monitors with no side casing please for that setup.
damienVC 11th September 2009, 10:45 Quote
Imagine 6 OLED screens with no border gently curving round in front of you...
DaMightyMouse 11th September 2009, 10:47 Quote
Sold my 4850 and holding out for 58XX cards :) can't wait!
Star*Dagger 11th September 2009, 10:48 Quote
SOLD! once it goes to retail (and maybe before if I can dig up my friends at ATI)

I have always thought that monitors were not big enough. I have had dual and tri monitor setups, I am really looking forward to trying this out, and the no side bezel or led for power is a nice addition.

Yours in Super-Ultra-HD Plasma,
Star*Dagger
Rkiver 11th September 2009, 10:54 Quote
I may put aside some of my redudancy pay for one of them....
Journeyer 11th September 2009, 11:10 Quote
Oooh! *wipes drool off shirt*

I may just have found a reason to turn my back on Nvidia now (unless they do something similar). Looks tasty, and +1 on no side-casing for monitors.
Rkiver 11th September 2009, 11:11 Quote
Hey bit-tech staffers, review soon? Especially temps, I want to see what I'll need to do to my watercooling to get one of those done nicely.
SNIPERMikeUK 11th September 2009, 11:12 Quote
Lets face it 3 screens is beyond most peeps pocket and space for that fact....
Rkiver 11th September 2009, 11:13 Quote
Really? I've had a triple screen setup for about 18 months now. Expanding to 6 would only really cost €450 give or take.
Platinum 11th September 2009, 11:18 Quote
Looking at that image im thinking, just get a 1080p 50" screen, at that distance the human eye wouldnt be able to tell the difference in resolution anyhow.
Tynecider 11th September 2009, 11:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by damienVC
Imagine 6 OLED screens with no border gently curving round in front of you...

That would have a similar effect of being on the border of a heart attack with 6 naked curvy women standing round you.
:o

If i were still doing live VJ work, this would be perfect, run 2 stacks of 3 projectors from one system.

Crikey, live performances at large venues would be great too, grab a quad PCIe board and run 24 outs to 24 displays, ohh yes.
yakyb 11th September 2009, 12:13 Quote
yeah someone should mod the hell out of a few monitors by carving the sides off then mounting them on a custom mount
Evildead666 11th September 2009, 12:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Platinum
Looking at that image im thinking, just get a 1080p 50" screen, at that distance the human eye wouldnt be able to tell the difference in resolution anyhow.

Anand explains why this is not true. The eyes are very very good a detail.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3635
V3ctor 11th September 2009, 12:43 Quote
Sold my HD4870, and now I don't regret... what a beast the 5870 must be... nVidia is already saying to wait for GT300 that they have a surprise too... The problem is... HD58** will come this month, GT300 only in December...
aradreth 11th September 2009, 13:25 Quote
Yummy.
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kenco_uk 11th September 2009, 13:36 Quote
Stunning. And not a trace of Rick Astley!
blacksavage 11th September 2009, 13:37 Quote
Good to know AMD still has some life left. This market deperately needs competition
perplekks45 11th September 2009, 15:32 Quote
Will be massively overpriced but I still want one.
l3v1ck 11th September 2009, 15:39 Quote
Useless for gaming, but good for professional use.
Grimloon 11th September 2009, 16:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Useless for gaming, but good for professional use.

Surely you jest? Check out details of rigs using Matrox triple head cards for gaming some time with up to 270 degree field of view being supported in many games. Same functionality here but a greater degree of freedom in how it's used.

WANT!
_DTM2000_ 11th September 2009, 16:59 Quote
As cool as this idea is it's got very limited use, especially in games. Any time that you have the bezels of two monitors in the centre of the viewing area, either vertically or horizontally makes the benefit of the extra screens pointless as that's where your eyes will be focused most of the time. Driving games and especially FPS games are prime examples of applications where this won't work. You must be able to have a screen in the centre or there's no point.
HourBeforeDawn 11th September 2009, 17:20 Quote
wow neat ^__^
labr@t 11th September 2009, 17:34 Quote
5* 20" looks like its going to be sweet spot for size and cost 8400 x 1050 display, hmm nice
Scootiep 11th September 2009, 20:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by damienVC
Imagine 6 OLED screens with no border gently curving round in front of you...

OMG I think i need to clean my pants after reading that...thanks damienVC, thanks a lot:o
Scootiep 11th September 2009, 20:34 Quote
Just a little more food for thought, according to Maximum PC, they were able to keep FarCry2 running at 12-20 FPS, not wonderful, but a decent start for something this aggressive.
RichCreedy 11th September 2009, 20:42 Quote
how about 6 projectors on very big wall, that would be seamless if you can line them up properly
MrWillyWonka 11th September 2009, 20:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichCreedy
how about 6 projectors on very big wall, that would be seamless if you can line them up properly

Heh, I have 17 projectors at my disposal so double up these cards and we have one giant display and a rather large electricity bill. :)
The_Beast 11th September 2009, 23:31 Quote
Very cool
xprodancer 12th September 2009, 01:24 Quote
im up for this hmmmm 4 projectors running HD no black lines between monitors will mean full coverage!!!! gaming, filming, genreal music vids the lot!!! i wonder if i could get me vergin box to run thro this????? worth the wonder tho!
Elton 12th September 2009, 02:46 Quote
Forget 6 20"..

4 30" NEC3090WUXis..

That'll put more than a dent in your pockets.
ZERO <ibis> 12th September 2009, 05:48 Quote
I would rather just use a 50" plasma and have better quality along with response time...
Elton 12th September 2009, 05:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZERO <ibis>
I would rather just use a 50" plasma and have better quality along with response time...

Response time isn't everything.

How about 6 Plasmas?
Yemerich 12th September 2009, 06:55 Quote
Playing with those thick borders like the ones in the picture? Thats a real turn off...
Aragon Speed 12th September 2009, 10:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rkiver
Really? I've had a triple screen setup for about 18 months now. Expanding to 6 would only really cost €450 give or take.
Only? That's more than I get in a month.
tin can 12th September 2009, 10:44 Quote
Awesome for flight sims!
TSR2 12th September 2009, 18:37 Quote
Stick that card in an average system and dispense with the processor :-)
Tyinsar 12th September 2009, 19:24 Quote
Well, it's about time they caught up
<-------- I had to use an Nvidia and two TH2G card for that. :D
Horizon 12th September 2009, 19:55 Quote
well, they didn't catch up to nvidia in that aspect
dyzophoria 12th September 2009, 21:18 Quote
i dont care about the number of displays it can handle, im somewhat amazed at the power of the card, i have a 4850 driving world of warcraft at 1920x1200 resolutions, and honestly I can't crank everything up to their maximum settings, even at medium-high settings i still have that sudden drop to the 30ish even 25's, and now we have a videocard driving it at 7680x3200 while maintaning 80fps? now that's something
perplekks45 12th September 2009, 23:02 Quote
And I'll believe that when I see it...
leexgx 12th September 2009, 23:15 Quote
thought WOW was more CPU limited as its Very single threaded

card looks like it mite be an jump up in performance going from an 9800 to an gtx280 was nice but not as good as i thought it would of been, the new 5800 card looks intresting, Nvidia have been an little quite on this topic
keir 13th September 2009, 21:17 Quote
Bloody hell!
Littletron 14th September 2009, 11:42 Quote
I been wanting to get triple head2go for ages now so i could get my triplemonitor setup complete but now nvidia fan boy now radeaon all the way,,, cant wait for this... this is nearly better than porn..
dushuai 14th September 2009, 13:39 Quote
Where can I found six monitor to connect,I think I will reject it except I open a theatre.
Timmy_the_tortoise 14th September 2009, 21:48 Quote
Right.. I'm switching out my 4850 for a 58XX ASAP.
perplekks45 15th September 2009, 19:15 Quote
I quite like that development given that I'll be in the market for a new PC after Christmas... Though I might as well wait for DX11's 2nd generation cards because it's hard to find something I like that my E6600 @ 3.6GHz and my 8800GTS/640 can't do.
boggsi 19th September 2009, 11:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by V3ctor
Sold my HD4870, and now I don't regret... what a beast the 5870 must be... nVidia is already saying to wait for GT300 that they have a surprise too... The problem is... HD58** will come this month, GT300 only in December...

Dream on. GT300 wont make it out this year.
perplekks45 19th September 2009, 12:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by boggsi
Dream on. GT300 wont make it out this year.
Sources?
gavomatic57 20th September 2009, 16:19 Quote
You watch, the 5800 will be 3 4890's bolted together in a 3-slot configuration. It'll come with ear defenders and your lights will dim when you run Crysis!

[kidding!]
TAG 27th September 2009, 00:03 Quote
I haven't seen anyone wonder about such a setup's connector requirements.

From what I've seen, this'll only work with the displayport output.
I wouldn't mind upgrading my dual 22" to some three way porn, but since my monitors only have VGA and DVI connectors, is that even gonna be possible?
Jack_Pepsi 27th September 2009, 00:32 Quote
I wouldn't be surprised TAG if you'll get DisplayPort to DVI connectors - I don't see why not tbh.
TAG 27th September 2009, 04:03 Quote
hmmm you're right
I thought such a conversion would make adaptors complex and expensive. As long as you don't get a HP model they're actually fairly cheap
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