AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire with 5x1 Eyefinity - HotHardware

AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire with 5x1 Eyefinity

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Before we get down to the nitty gritty, we want to give you all a sense of just how many pixels users have available when sitting in front of a five-screen Eyefinity display group, using monitors with a native resolution of 1920x1080. The two images below are actual screen captures of the Windows desktop and a game, Alien vs. Predator, at resolutions of 5400x1920.

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Are those images freakin’ huge or what? The benefits of gaming or working with multiple screens should be apparent. The field of view in games is so wide, you’ll be able to see much more in your periphery, which has obvious benefits. When working on a desktop this big, users can simply see more in front of them. That image is a recent five-page review, with all five pages open at once.

We tested the PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 Eyefinity 6 Edition cards on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7-980X six-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1333 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" defaults. Then we manually configured the memory timings (DDR3-1333, CAS 7) and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist, along with the necessary drivers, games, and benchmark applications.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 980X (3.3GHz)
Gigabyte EX58-UD5 (X58 Express)
6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
ATI Catalyst v11.4 Preview

Benchmarks Used:
Unigine Heaven v2.5
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Futuremark 3DMark11
FarCry 2
Just Cause 2
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Lost Planet 2
F1 2010

Our first group of tests show the PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 2GB Eyefinity 6 Edition cards offering excellent performance scaling when running in CrossFire mode. All of the applications show big performance improvements when moving from a single cards to dual cards. We'll summarize them all on the next page, after running through a few more, and then we'll get to the wild stuff.

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awesome just awesome thats all i can say, sick layout!! 

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rrplay, I played Amnesia in a dark house by myself with headphones for about twelve minutes. I promptly decided to turn on all the lights, grab my samurai sword and watch some Biggest Loser with full view of the door just in case. I imagine if I had that monitor setup the cops would come knocking at my door because of the screaming.

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LBowen, yep those Penumbra series of games can be quite the experience . They can easily mess with you head a bit .

Come to think of there's already a thread in HH about some of the Penumbra series of games here

shared a bit of the free demo downloads [which are  pretty good] around Halloween time last year with a few folks. some thanked me and others ..

well let's say I never heard from them again ..  [kiddiin of course]

"Feast on Him Brothers !"   MUUUAAAAHHH !

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So do yall drive a car with a linebackers football helmet on?

Those bars would BTS outta me! This setup is great for working, when you need the extra real estate. But with the cost of multiple screens and then the mounts for a six way setup? You are waaaay better of going with a projector if you want a large format gaming option!

Alien looked cool and it makes you feel like you are at E3 being wowed by the demo, but to get into the game?.....Nah:P there are many projectors in the 1K range that are 1080p and even some 3D ones that would give you a larger space.

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Enough! I am now going to spend the next 2 days trying to figure out how to get a job at Hot Hardware! It just ain't fair for Marco to have so much fun, and I only get to read about it. :P

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The Grads and Dad's give away will be able to run that 5x1 Eyefinity set up like a charm!

Perfect review to release around the same time of the give away,

Nvidia might have 3D locked down at the moment, but AMD's dominating the multiple screen configurations through eyefinity

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This is a nice setup, but I don't have the resources for it either. Maybe one day I will, and maybe they'll come up with an edge to edge screen without any bezels to hinder the view.

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It's an exciting technology and I agree that there need to be better displays to make full use of eyefinity. In the meantime, I'm very excited to see the new generation of video cards chew up any game in their path. The hardware is a generation ahead of the software.

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I neck starts to hurt after a few hours of BF3 on my 40in. I would be in traction if I had something like Optimus has up there. Plus I would need another room

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I neck starts to hurt after a few hours of BF3 on my 40in.

Wait, you got a beta version of BF3?

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