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ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Gaming

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Back in September of last year, just prior to the official arrival of the Radeon HD 5800 series, we first wrote about AMD's ATI Eyefinity technology and hinted at the fact that cards with six display outputs were coming. Since then, we had seen AMD's 6-output Radeon in action at a number of events, but hadn't been given the opportunity to evaluate one in the lab on our own test hardware, nor had we been informed of an official planned release date.

It turns out, Microsoft had implement an artificial limit of four monitors in Windows 7 with the final release of the OS, and AMD had to find a way to workaround that limit with their drivers. Although, we sure the supply issues AMD had to contend with played some sort of role in the delay as well.

Regardless, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition is here now, and we've got one in house for testing. We paired the card up with six, 22" Dell LCD Panels in a 3x2 configuration, with a max resolution of 5760x2160 and ran a number of popular games. Performance data and our experience with the Eyefinity 6 Edition is available on the pages ahead. For now, check out the specs and hardware and then move on to bask in the insanity...


Sapphire's 2GB Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition

Note:  If you're the type that likes to cut to the chase, check out our demo videos starting here.  Otherwise here's a quick fix for you before our deep-dive look at a number of titles, in the page ahead...


More in-game action on the pages ahead...

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition
Specifications and Features


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The Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition sports a GPU clock of 850MHz with a memory clock speed of 1.2 GHz (4.8Gbps effective)--that equates to roughly 153.6GB/sec of peak memory bandwidth. According to AMD, maximum board power is 228 Watts, up slightly from the original Radeon HD 5870 due to the additional RAM and outputs on the card, but idle power is only 34 Watts.

In terms of its speeds and feeds, the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition is essentially idential to the original Radeon HD 5870. Where the two cards differ is with regard to their frame buffers and output configuration. The Eyefinity 6 Edition card is outfitted with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, up from 1GB on the original. The additional memory helps performance at the ultra-high resolutions supported by Eyefinity. The Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition also features a different output configuration, obviously. The Eyefinity 6 edition has--you guessed it--six mini-DisplayPort outputs.


    

   
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition

AMD's board partners are at the ready with Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition cards. Sapphire's Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition card, seen here, adheres to AMD's reference design, save for some decals on the front. And like the original Radeon HD 5870, the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition card is 10.5" long and features a black fan shroud with red accents, that encases the entire PCB. The card's cooler has a barrel-type fan that draws air into the shroud, where it is forced through the heatsink and partially exhausted from the system through vents in the card's mounting plate. Two more small vents at the back of the card also direct some air to be vented within the system. At the top corner of the card, PCI Express 6 and 8-pin supplemental power connectors are present.

As we've mentioned, outputs on the card consist of six mini-DisplayPort outputs, all arranged in single row. Opposite the video outputs is a large vent in the case bracket, where air is exhausted from the system.

Included with the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition are the obligatory user's manual and driver CD, along with a case badge, a CrossFire bridge connector, and a couple of PCI Express power adapters. In additional to the aforementioned items, however, Sapphire also includes 5 various video adapters, two mini-DisplayPort to full-sized DisplayPort adapters, two mini-DisplayPort to DVI adapters, and a single mini-DisplayPort to HDMI output.
 

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Wait inifinity what? why won't it have bezels on the screen if you set it up with 5*1 portrait mode???

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I am very impressed with the card, and the reviews included 2gb vs. 1gb page.

However, I'm waiting for a 5970 eyefinity edition, though I've heard rumors of an extreme 4gb version complete with 5870 clocks.

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Inspector, said would not have bezels on my cross hairs.  5x1 setup (whenever AMD enables it in drivers) will put the cross hairs in the middle of the middle screen, unlike the 3x2 setup which splits them right at the bezels.

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So very sweet. Although I am no keen on having to lower display settings to get the smoothest play. For the kind of money you would be sinking into the system you would want to max out AA and other video settings even in Crysis. I guess a 2nd card in crossfire would help this or no? With eyefinity would a second card just give you the option of adding more displays or would it share the work load? I would love to have a 6 screen set up but I couldn't deal with the bezels. The advantage over the 1 projector display at the same size as somebody had already mentioned back when this was first released, is that you get a much higher resolution then you would using a single projector. 6 projectors would be great as you would have no bezels and you could get the same amount of pixels but talk about alot of cash. I would jump on this if they come out with some good inexpensive monitors with no bezels.

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A picture of a few different Eyefinity scenarios.

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Awesome.  I'd be more excited if Samsung wasn't going to try to hit us for $600 a screen on those thin-bezel monitors (from what I read elsewhere on the web).

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Oh infinity i get what you mean now :D.

 

Ya monitors with less bezel of course is going to cost us more :(

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