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.