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Some Fun With A 6-Screen ATI Eyefinity Configuration

Some Fun With A 6-Screen ATI Eyefinity Configuration

We're just doing a bit of testing here in the lab today, and wanted give you all a glimpse of what was on the test bench. We have already given you glimpses of AMD's ATI Eyefinity technology running on more than three screens on a few occasions in the past, but we haven't had the ability to do any hands-on with the technology up to this point because the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition and the requisite software wasn't quite ready yet. Well, it's here now. And we'll be able to give you the full scoop very soon...

In the meantime, we wanted to show a few examples of the 6-screen Eyefinity setup we're working with. What you see above is six Dell 22" LCDs, each with a native resolution of 1920x1080. A little simple arithmetic reveals the effective desktop resolution of a setup like this is 5760x2160, or 12.4 megapixels.  You want high res? We've got it right here.  What's more interesting than sitting at the Windows desktop, is gaming on a 6-screen setup like this. With that in mind, we also snapped a couple of quick videos showing that a single Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition can do in H.A.W.X. and Left 4 Dead 2.


 

We should note that anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering were used in both games while running at 5760x2160. 
We can't tell you what the actual frame-ratres are just yet, but will be able to soon. For now enjoy the eye-candy.  As you could see easily in the video however, both titles were totally playable with these high image quality settings enabled at this super high resolution.

Here are some additional details of the card that was driving this insane gaming setup in our office today.


The Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Is On The Horizon

Keep that drool napkin handy.  More details to follow in our full review in the weeks ahead.

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I am kinda torn on this 1. Not sure I like having the edges of the screens making the window pane effect while playing a game. I think I would rather see 1 large screen that size that has the ability to do PIP and brake it up into 6 separate screens instead of this way. Is that even possible to do right now if I had a monitor large enough?

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@nelson LOL that would be awesome if you could do that!

Can we all get an address and pop on by to give this a test? xD lol

@kid007 LMFAO i know whats going though her head... "this could cost me..." You can try if HH donated the screens and card to you HH<3 lol

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This would be the sickest setup ever for video editing, but gaming? I'm not feeling it. Nelson is right, the edges of the screens would shoot my OCD off the charts. Great videos though guys!

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Game on the bottom 3 screens and do other stuff on the top 3? Is that possible? Never messed around with Trifinity.

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I agree Marius as well as everyone else who has mentioned it, the separate screens with the bezel breaks just bugs me. Video editing, stock trading, anything that required multiple monitors would be awesome. I think I would rather take 6 display adapter's (you know separate unit's) then tie all the outputs into one out plug and throw it on a 60" 240hz hi def TV, which probably wouldn't be much more expensive than those 6 monitors of gaming grade hi ref good color reproduction 8 bit displays, but would also have a seamless single huge picture. I imagine you could also take all the bezels of the 6 monitors, and attach them to a board or mounting of some type, and co-mingle all the wiring harnesses behind it. If you got them seamless one next to the other you would basically have the same thing in reverse on 6 different screens.

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my mom just told me don't even think about it... (she was visiting)

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If this takes off, I wouldn't be surprised to see one or two monitor manufacturers start pushing a design that advertises minimum bezel size.

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^^^^or zero bezel size, real edge to edge screens. I think there is real potential there.

My internet connection went down like for 1 sec and I clicked "POST", before and after it.

How do I delete my post? There is only "EDIT" available.

 

@ Dave (Below Stick out tongue) - Even the forum version only has Reply and Edit (under More).

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go to the forum thread version here:  http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/47081.aspx

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Dave shouldn't u just delete it for him while ur at it? xD (also there's a time limit you must delete it before the delete button goes away :D)

 

@ ryuGTX wouldn't that make the game look weird? cause ur going to have to play the edges... i would only game on the top middle screen or maybe bottom and multitask photoshop, firefox, Chat and may be another game? xD

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Inspector:

Dave shouldn't u just delete it for him while ur at it? xD (also there's a time limit you must delete it before the delete button goes away :D)

 

@ ryuGTX wouldn't that make the game look weird? cause ur going to have to stretch the graphics across the 3 screens... i would only game on the top middle screen or maybe bottom and multitask photoshop, firefox, Chat and may be another game? xD

 

Done!

 

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^^^^^^^^ Thank you Dave Yes

@Inspector - I did not see any delete button appearing. BTW, what is ur hardware, should be really really HOT Big Smile to run 2 games in parallel?? By stating Games, I think you meant the real Graphics intensive Ones right?

RyuGTX may be playing Racing games like NFS, then may be his 3 screen config would make it awesome.

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Xylem:

@Inspector - I did not see any delete button appearing. BTW, what is ur hardware, should be really really HOT Big Smile to run 2 games in parallel?? By stating Games, I think you meant the real Graphics intensive Ones right?

RyuGTX may be playing Racing games like NFS, then may be his 3 screen config would make it awesome.

LOL whaa? :D i was giving a example :D i wish i got a powerful enough system to run 6 screens having 2 run a game Sad.

Maybe but i would never run a game on 3 screens as of now because i just hate the edges in the way. RA1D showed us his setup playing a game across 3 screens here :D http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/46091.aspx

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plMmPL-bdOU]

It gets me dizzy just looking at this video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzvfzJq3VTU&feature=related

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That's a sick setup dude... RA1D should be real happy man. How I wish I were not in India. Sick Exorbitant Taxes!!

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marco is giving me pixel envy

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perhaps you could run 6 projectors side by side by side by side by side by side lol..... And surround your self. Now that would be cool!

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Love the setup guys! Everyone seems to write about them as a concept but until now I hadn't actually seen one. Swordfish doesn't count, right? So thanks for taking the time and posting the game videos. I look forward to the review.

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It's an impressive tech display, that's for sure. But really, the bezels sort of ruin it, so this would only come close to working with very thin bezels. Also, for a display that big, keep in mind that you really have to be sitting about two, three meters away in order to even see anything, so why not just hook up a perfectly "normal" HDTV?

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Actually, while using a multi monitor setup you will not notice the bezels nearly as much as you do in watching the video. Your eyes will ignore the bezels and focus on the screens, the same as you do while driving a car and ignoring the a pillers.

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InfinityzeN:

Actually, while using a multi monitor setup you will not notice the bezels nearly as much as you do in watching the video. Your eyes will ignore the bezels and focus on the screens, the same as you do while driving a car and ignoring the a pillers.

That's a very good point InfinityzeN.  That said, think how much better it would be if those bezels weren't there.  We saw some gorgeous LCDTVs from LG at CES2010 this year, that were completely bezeless... they were awesome.  The technology is coming!

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Hey as far as it goes on both issues, you are very right the human eye and mind do work miracles like that, as you mentioned when in a car you totally ignore, and insinuate in your mind as vision the things which block your direct vision. I was really more thinking aloud with my bezel removal 6 screen side by side picture. Also those high refresh LCD and LED backlit screens  would fit this picture most likely better than my idea, therefore providing a massive single picture. Not to mention the TV's 240hz and above actually show 4 pictures at a time, but do so by automatically blending them, so that it appears as a single picture. A 240hz display is really 4 60hz pictures simultaneously. .

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bezels begone! = 6 HD digital projectors

i have not seen anyone do it yet.

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in_sOmniac:

bezels begone! = 6 HD digital projectors

i have not seen anyone do it yet.

HMMM!   I like that idea! Marco!  We should see if we can set this up! Big Smile

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this just made my day complete...looking forward to it!!!

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The HD projector idea sounds awesome, but there projectors so why would you need 6 really. I mean at say a 50" per projector output you would have a 300" projection that's 25 feet. What would you even project it on lol? Still though a 25 foot game wall wow. I would think if you rig them so that they all display at half, then over project 3 of the projectors on top of each other, and all 6 projectors were of the exact same brand and model you would get a deeper interpolation field. Although it would be 12.5 feet rather than 25' the depth would seem to me at least in a imaginary result to be much better. Of course you'd need a pitch black room for it to I bet or the light would break down the image.

Either way it sound very interesting, and when interlaced like this I bet the image would be awesome.

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