AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire with 5x1 Eyefinity

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Next up, we have some 5x1 Eyefinity action with Total War: Shogun 2 and Metro 2033. Metro 2033, when cranked up to its higher quality settings can severely tax even today’s highest end graphics cards when using a single display. However, Total War: Shogun 2, which was recently patched to offer DX11 support, draws more modestly on GPU resources and is relatively playable on high settings even with a single 1GB Radeon HD 6850-class card.


5x1 Eyefinity: Total War - Shogun 2

Using the game’s medium quality preset, Total War: Shogun 2 was perfectly playable on the 5x1 Eyefinity setup using a pair of PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 2GB Eyefinity 6 Edition cards. At medium quality, and a resolution of 5400x1920, the game ran at about 50 frames per second according to FRAPS.


5x1 Eyefinity: Metro 2033

As you probably expect, we had to dial the settings down a bit on Metro 2033 to get playable frame rates in the game on 5x1 Eyefinity. As we showed you earlier, on a single 1920x1200 screen, with High Quality settings, 4XAA and 16X aniso, Metro 2033 ran at just over 60 FPS with the PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 2GB Eyefinity 6 Edition cards in CrossFire mode. With 5x1 Eyefinity and a resolution of 5400x1920 though, we had to run the game at medium quality settings, with adaptive AA and 4X aniso to hit a consistent 33 – 40 FPS (a benchmark run would report 33.36 frames per second). As you can see in the video though, this game still looks great at those settings.

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Going to check this awesomeness out right now, Thanks :)

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That review was enlightening to say the least.  I thought Eyefinity sounded amazing but after seeing the amount of display configurations offered, I have come to the conclusion that I have no words to describe the technology that gives it justice.  5400x1920 = Tears of Joy Crying

A quality set of headphones combined with those screens and most would be completely immersed in the game.  Imagine playing Penumbra, Amnesia or even Dead Space with that kind of setup.  I am not ashamed to admit I would probably scream both in fright and delight.

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LBowen:

That review was enlightening to say the least.  ...

...Imagine playing Penumbra, Amnesia or even Dead Space with that kind of setup.  I am not ashamed to admit I would probably scream both in fright and delight.

Wow is all I can say about this review .The highlight was seeing the 5 screen setup and the videos Marco made with the explanation of the settings  and frame rates.

Those vidclips definitely give us an idea as to how amazing all of this is .and being able to actually see the results Like a picture the clips are worth a thousand words.Thank you Marco for taking  the time to make and post them along in this review..

@LBowen I know I would be freaked out a bit in the Penumbra series myself with a setup like this .

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Nice article. I didnt realize that Eyefinity supported so many different configurations, and im am still impressed with how well AMD improved the crossfire scaling on these cards. A monitor setup like this is more of a pipe dream for me, but im surprised a pair of 6870s can drive that many pixels. Maybe ill do a 3 monitor setup instead...

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"That setup is pretty wicked and so is this article. AMD's crossfire performance is expectacular. I'm honestly not to wild about the spacing between the monitors or more specific ,the bezel thickness, but if they were bigger, say 5 x 40 Inch TV's, I surely would not be complaining. "

"I have two questions, when in Crossfire and 5x1 mode, did you have all five monitors connected to one card?, and if so, "Theoretically", would having three monitors connected to one card, and two to the other work, and would it perform better because the processing is distributed more equal"

-Optimus 

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OptimusPrimeTime:
"Theoretically", would having three monitors connected to one card, and two to the other work, and would it perform better because the processing is distributed more equal"

I'm guessing you could do it either way but neither will offer an advantage. The processing wound not be distributed evenly due to the obvious reason that just running a monitor doesn't use processing power itself. The processing power will be used once you run a game and if you have a Crossfire card then it'll be spread out evenly between the two cards for an additional performance increase. But there is no performance difference if you plug in two monitors to the other card.

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"Hey thanks for the reply Taylor, would also have liked to get a response from the reviewer. I still think that the review set up in nice, but I'm not will about the division and bezel thickness. My type of Eyefinity is 3x1 landscape with three big TV's like this one from Maingear."

-Optimus

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@Optimus - Yes, all of the monitors were connected to a single card. And no, performance wouldn't change if the monitors were distrubuted amongst the two cards. CrossFire was enabled for the tests, so the perf. was alread being enhanced by the second GPU.

And I'm with you on the bezel thickness. Thin-bezeled monitors or some of those new thin bezel TV's would be awesome. Unfortunately, I don't have the room or resources to set up a configuration like that--yet! :) heh.

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"Thanks for the reply. Yeah, Its a gamers dream to have something like that in your living room. One more question though, unlike Nvidia's GTX 460, which only support Sli, with the 6870 , can you do triple crossfire ?"

-Optimus

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@Optimus - No. With Radeons that have only a single CrossFire connector, two cards is the maximum.

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