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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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Yes, the projection size would be kickass but unless i'm mistaken, using only one projector physically limits us to the projector's native resolution not much different to a single monitor setup. A 25 feet projection at a resolution of 1024x768 for example is not exactly hi-def.

However, 6 projectors in an eyefinity setup (assuming each projector is at 1280x1024) would give us a 10 feet wall (for example), with a combined resolution of 7680x6144, without the pesky bezels Yum!

Now, if only the walls were curved...here's to hoping HH. hehe.

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Interesting point Infinity; I've never either driven a car nor used a multi-monitor setup to display one image (it's always been two separate things on each screen), so I was just speaking from speculation.

Either way, my point about the size is valid. At 3 screens wide, that's 66 inches, larger than the largest HDTV on the market today. Your eye wouldn't be able to encompass everything.

And, drb, good point as well. I looked up fresnels and think your idea makes sense: they don't have bezels, so they could marginally magnify the screens to eliminate the rows and columns of dead space. Interesting...

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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.

 

I think it will look fine on a 3 monitor setup if the center of action is the middle screen like fps or mmorpg. Not sure about a third person shooter with your character being split by the bezel. But like what InfinityzeN said, the user will probably focus on the screens itself because of the action that is going on. Then you just use the 2 screens on each side to aid in your peripheral vision. You see something moving in the corner of your eye, then you immediately face and shoot. I think it would be distracting (possible unusable) if it was a 6 monitor setup for gaming. Especially since the crosshair will be affected by the bezel.

 

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actually infinity im a very picky guy and i notice them alot! im running dual screen only and i get annoyed of the bezels... Im like trying to do something and i go" is there something between the bezels?" i know there is nothing there but when u do somehting like gaming across the screens the mouse would jump form screen to screen (this affects my gaming not sure about you guys "mainly my aim") xD

 

Agreed with ryugtx

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Inspector:

actually infinity im a very picky guy and i notice them alot! im running dual screen only and i get annoyed of the bezels... Im like trying to do something and i go" is there something between the bezels?" i know there is nothing there but when u do somehting like gaming across the screens the mouse would jump form screen to screen (this affects my gaming not sure about you guys "mainly my aim") xD

 

Agreed with ryugtx

 

I think gaming would work better on a 3 monitor setup rather than a 2. Should work well in a FPS. But as for third person, RTS, or any game where your aim doesn't stay in the center of the screens, I would assume the "jumping" cursor would be distracting/annoying.

 

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Has anyone had experience with fresnel lenses? I would think it'd be a great solution, so long as distortion and color wasn't too bad. And maybe too hard to set up for a 6 monitor setup.

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Like this?

http://home.comcast.net/~rwkeating/autosim/th2go/

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Inspector:

Like this?

http://home.comcast.net/~rwkeating/autosim/th2go/

Hey!  Is this one of your setups or just some random blog you found? That's cool!  We'd love to have the author write something for us on this. :)

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Nope its not my setup :D i just found it on google :D

Also the post from the main page is not updating to the forum, making it seem like my post was out of no where :D lol

NVM :D i see his post on the top xD the forum post is not going over to he mainpage xD

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Wow, that's so cool! You get the 3D effect and reduce bezels at the same time! And the F550 Fresnel lens used is pretty cheap, about $20-30 each.

Would love to see a write up of it at HH!

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Yeah, like that. Seems to work alright, though I think I'd be a little more anal about my setup. I couldn't find a supplier with lenses 20-24". Actually, I found *very few* suppliers to begin with.

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That looks really awesome, but doesn't the cross-hairs land right in the middle of your bottom and top monitors? I am really thinking hard about using my tax money to pick up a 5770 or 5830 and another 22" monitor.

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I am more interested in the rig behind the monitor, how would you stack 6 monitors like that?

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@ ALL OF YOU!!!

i don't usually comment on these things but I TOTALLY understand how the frames and edges would bug you--felt the same way...I do A LOT of digging on the net for things like this and the best solution is ALWAYS SO SIMPLE--just take the monitors out of their bezels/frames/casing/housing. Et voila--no frames!! :o)) OR you can grab a couple of these things:

http://www.samsunglfd.com/product/feature.do?modelCd=460UXN-2

hope it help spark your imagination :))

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