AMD Eyefinity Demonstrations on Batman, Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2 and more!
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2009 - 07:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
I know that a lot of you are very eager to get all the information you can about AMD's upcoming graphics card as well as the AMD Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming technology. Well as I was sitting here this evening, I decided to share some of the videos I had been creating for our upcoming review since they are no longer under NDA.
Modern graphics cards are currently limited to two displays (with only
a very few notable exceptions) and are basically standardized on a pair
of dual-link DVI outputs that support resolutions as high as
2560x1600. There are limitations to that technology though in that DVI
requires a lot of pint outputs from the GPU and dedicated clocking
hardware for each display. That takes up unnecessary die space and
board area and has made the move to more than two displays per card a
difficult one. The new DisplayPort standard greatly helps in this
regard as it uses the same number of IO pins that single-link DVI port
uses to run at full 2560x1600 resolution panel without the need for
dedicated clock signals for each display.
AMD's new output crossbar for the Evergreen GPUs
This technology shift allowed AMD to create a new class of GPU that
will support at three displays per graphics card and will eventually
add a 6-display option to its ranks. Not only does this add to the
already well documented benefits of multiple displays from a
productivity perspective, but AMD has added in something unique for the
gamers out there: super-high resolution multi-monitor gaming. Imagine
the option of being able to combine 6 30" displays in a 3x2
configuration to create a 7680x3200 "screen" (24.6 MPixels!!) for
gaming purposes! That is the equivalent of about a 70" diagonal
I will have a lot more detail on Eyefinity in my upcoming Radeon HD 5870 review, but for now, about a preview of how Eyefinity looks and feels in some short videos!
Left 4 Dead
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Far Cry 2
qualified as possible, as quickly as possible.
Check back VERY SOON for our Radeon HD 5870 1GB graphics card review!