You guys will notice that the new 6990 series cards have a plethora of monitor connectors. Quite a bit has changed. The reference design cards will carry four mini Displayport (v1.2) connectors, and one dual-link DVI connector .
Display ports is now up-to snuff at revision v1.2 and that allows for a lot of signal bandwidth. Of course you can configure Eyefinity as you please, multiple monitors over multiple DP connector.
For more compatibility AMD endorses all their partners to include several adapters as the card will ship with 3 adapters to enable Eyefinity gaming out of the box for all users. The product will ship with:
1x mini DisplayPort to passive single-link DVI adapter
1x mini DisplayPort to active single-link DVI adapter
1x mini DisplayPort to passive HDMI adapter
The adapter configuration will enable 3x1 gaming out of the box with DVI panels but with additional display adapters or DisplayPort displays you will be able to drive up to 5 displays in portrait Eyefinity (5x1 Portrait mode) for the rather grand gaming experience.
You'll get a variety of options for multi-monitor solutions setup in Infinity mode. The R6990 can drive up-to 5 monitors per card.
ATI's Series 6990 graphics cards will be able to drive one to five monitors per graphics card depending on the limitations we just mentioned in the previous chapter about monitor connectivity.
We've tested eyefinity live in action, and Eyefinity works really nicely. You can combine monitors and get your groove on up-to say 7680x3200 pixels separated over several monitors -- multiple monitors to be used as a single display.
So some examples of what you can do here:
Single monitor setup at 2560x1600
Dual monitor setup at 2560x1600 per monitor
Three monitors setup at 2560x1600 per monitor
Six monitors setup at 1920x1080 per monitor
Eyefinity is a really nice feature, and sure we also understand that 99% of you guys will never use more than two monitors. That other 1% definitely matches the Guru3D audience. Personally I like to game on three screens. It's really immersive. If you are bold enough to go for a multi-monitor setup, it really is ideal to get three screens for flight sims, racing games, role playing games, real-time strategy (Huge maps!), first-person shooters and sure, even multimedia apps.
We have two reviews available on Eyefinity:
Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity (three monitors) review - click here.
Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity6 (six monitors) review - click here.
Eyefinity is modular and thus allows users to rearrange the number of discrete images created in addition to their shape according to your liking. Guru3D users and gamers will no doubt find this setup to their liking. It will be interesting to learn just what kind of living room you have if you were to employ such a configuration. Please post your setups in our forums, we'd love to hear from you.
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