Play your games in Eyefinity ... on different monitors
AMD recently added a new feature to their Catalyst 14.6 Beta drivers, you can now mix several monitor resolutions and still create an Eyefinity (multi-screen) gaming setup. Funky stuff as you can now finally put these old dusty monitors on your attic to use, and yeah we just had to check that out ourselves. So we will take two Full HD monitors and combine them with an odd WFHD (2560x1080) resolution monitor to see if AMD's story holds up. The end result we'll show you is something wide, very wide. To be able to actually games on such a massive resolution we will pair the setup with the beastly AMD Radeon R9 295x2 and will show you that multi-monitor experience.
In the past if you wanted to create an Eyefinity setup, your monitors all had to be of the same size and resolution. Back it up even further into the past and the monitors even needed to be of the same series and brand. A lot has changed and now with Catalyst 14.6 Beta this new driver brought a couple of interesting features to all ya gurus including Mantle support for laptops with Enduro configurations, JPEG Ddecoding acceleration and expanded color control capabilities. In this article however we'll talk about Eyefinity setup in 3x1 solely, yes with Catalyst 14.6 AMD brings mixed resolution support to the table.
But Hilbert - what exactly is mixed resolution support ?
Simply put it allows you to create a single Eyefinity display group while each monitor runs at a different resolution. The feature has become available as with this update Eyefinity received two new display modes, Fit and Expand, which join the traditional Fill mode. With Fit and Expand mode AMD can now adapt to and compensate for mismatched resolutions by creating a 'virtual' desktop that has a different resolution than the monitors. Obviously there are some ground rules to follow, but we will address these in this article. So yes, we'll look at Eyefinity3, we'll build fairly simple multi-monitor setup that entails three monitors out of which one has a different resolution.
Now we'll also show some performance numbers as we'll use that uber-sexy Radeon R9 295x2 dual-GPU marvel of a graphics card, and sure this is Guru3D.com my man, we're all about the numbers man. The end result will be creating a monitor resolution of 6720 x 1080 pixels (yeah baby!). As such we'll record some rather very wide high-definition footage and show you gaming videos in that MASSIVE monitor resolution.
Hawt darn .. this is going to be fun ! But first meet the threefold setup showing it all ...
Don't let the photo fool you - that's a width of 180 CM / 71 inches of gaming screens
AMD Eyefinity 3-panel Mixed Resolution review We review AMDs Eyefinity 3-panel with Mixed Resolutions. A new feature added to their Catalyst 14.6 Beta drivers, you can now mix several monitor resolutions and still create an Eyefinity (multi-screen) gaming setup.