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AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Review: 6 monitor gaming!

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: AMD

The Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition

Of course we need to do a quick physical examination of the Eyefinity 6 Edition graphics card though as you will see it isn't much different than the other HD 5000-series cards we have seen.

From this angle the card is identical to that of the standard HD 5870 GPU - same length, etc.

The back of the card also reveals nothing extraordinary.

The first hint that something new is going on under the hood might be seen here with the inclusion of an 8-pin PCIe power connector in addition to the 6-pin.  The three-display HD 5870 card only requires a pair of 6-pin connectors. 

Ah, here we go!  The HD 5870 E6 includes six mini DisplayPort connections that will almost surely need to be adapted to your monitor(s).  This is the easily the first consumer card and lowest cost graphics solution that will support 6 monitors powered by a single GPU.

CrossFire X is still supported on the HD 5870 E6 though you will need another 2GB HD 5870 (either another E6 or another HD 5870 with 2GB of memory) to really utilize the additional GPU horsepower.

Here is how our configuration looked when it was locked and loaded.  Here we see 6 of the mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapters that powered our half-dozen Dell 22-in panels.

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