AMD delivers six-monitor gaming with new Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6

By Jos · 18 replies
Mar 31, 2010
  1. Looking to bring users' gaming experience to a whole new level, AMD today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition graphics card. Equipped with six mini-DisplayPorts and 2GB of total frame buffer, this card will allow a massive multi-monitor setup capable of rendering more than 1 billion pixels per second, with each output supporting resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 -- though six 1920x1080 displays adding up to 5760x2160 seems like the sweet spot.

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  2. It would be "cool" to have six monitors to play a game on but once that cool factor wears off I think it would be kind of annoying. You want a huge surface to play on, go with a nice projector. You want great resolution and a lot of screen real estate, go with a 30 incher or 3 22-24 inchers. With six panels though I think the big line of bezel right down the middle of the image would be super annoying in all but driving and flight sim games.
  3. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Booster Posts: 110

    Surely I can't be the only person to realise the FATAL flaw with 6 monitors?!?!?

    The double bezel running horizontally right through the centre of your vision, right where your cross hair is supposed to be!!!

    This is ridiculous idea for any FPS'er as it restricts your direct and focused horizontal line of sight right where you need it most.

    3 monitors = brilliant as the 2 vertical bezels are off to the left and right of your view.
    6 monitors = hideous idea (for gaming)
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    Yeah, I'm also thinking the 6 monitors is falling into the absurd category. Until they build monitors with no visible bezels, it'll be nothing more than a novelty or bragging rights for someone with more money then sense.
  5. Guys ... there's more to this card than six monitor gaming. I wonder what those folks at AMD are doing to be pushing out such quality cards lately? Have they hired the top notches at Nvidia? The pendulum has definitely swung in a new direction, and I can sense confidence in AMD now.

    Great going.
  6. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Definitely have to go with a projector. Especially after you factor in the cost of 6 decent monitors & the price of the card, you would be damn near a projector.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    True, its like the whole 3D thing, its just for people who have too much money and is a gimmick.

    Plus games take a dramatic hit in FPS, like the first guest said, you'd be better off with one big screen as this card would run a big screen or projector nicely.
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Problem with projectors is the maximum resolution you can get will be nowhere close to the pixel count you'd get with 6 monitors.

    Yes, it's borderline ridiculous to push 6 monitors, but there are a few areas it's got some interesting appeal... Displays/demos at something like trade shows, productivity situations where you can have 6 separate documents or applications open and visible at all times, etc. Or how about something like a flight sim optimized to utilize 6 displays for your views (forward, left, right, up, up left, up right)? In a simulation build, something pushing 6 monitors could be really cool.

    Overkill? For sure! Niche market? Heck yah! I think the point is that the hardware CAN push 6 monitors - a nice accomplishment in itself. And there must be a market for it, because isn't nVidia pushing multi-monitor tech lately too? I could swear I just recently saw a press release touting their display array abilities...
  9. The reference Sapphire 5870 1GB list on newegg at at $449, for 50 bucks more you can get the 6 display 2GB version.... since the 1GB 5870 has been called bandwith limited.. I certainly see the 2GB version as a plus and worth 50bucks, lets just called the 6 display options an added bonus.
  10. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    6 screens is nothing new - where I work it is common to have 6 to 8 monitors (albeit not coming from one computer), but as people have said it is useless for gaming until monitors with no bezels start coming out.
  11. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Yeah, bezels kill this for gaming - i would stick with 3 for multi monitor gaming. However i would love to have one video card that supported that many monitor outputs. I can always think of a use for more screen space :)
  12. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    I live in a condo and have my own computer business. I could just see fitting 6 monitors each from my 5 computers in this condo. I think AMD is innovative, but they missed the boat on this one. What office setting too has room for 6 monitors per computer, notwithstanding the expense? Are they suspended from the ceiling?
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    The GPU is still largely constrained by it's 256-bit memory bus, so performance remains basically unchanged. From reviews (such as this ) it's apparent that the Eyefinity6's selling point is the 2x3 monitor support - and you're still likely to need a couple of cards to get a reasonable framerate in the majority of games.
  14. eafshar

    eafshar TS Enthusiast Posts: 68

    is it possible put it in any configuration? can it support 3 2560x1600 monitors side by side?
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    You certainly can. I don't think there are too many (if any) HDMI input 30" monitors so mini-DP to DVI-I adapters would need to be used.
    I would think that using a (cheaper) HD 5870 1Gb card to interface with the three monitors would represent better value for money...although if you're prepared to drop cash on three IPS 2560x1600's then maybe budget isn't the greatest concern.
  16. I had to double check the posted date for this story. Thought it was an April fools joke!
  17. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 253   +124

    Too much money? How does one have too much?
  18. Zeromus

    Zeromus TS Booster Posts: 227   +7

    They honestly need to release this card with higher video memory capacities for better multi monitor support.
  19. Yes 6 monitors for gaming is stupid, here's a picture of a setup
    I agree this is a fatal flaw, where is you crosshair?
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