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#1 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 12:51:49 PM(UTC)
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AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire with 5x1 EyefinityWith the performance of more mainstream cards on the rise, monitor prices on a downward slide, and support for 5x1 Eyefinity available (sort of), we decided to see what a pair of Radeon HD 6870 cards running in CrossFire mode could do with a quintet of screen out in front.

The cleanest way to pull off a 5x1 Eyefinity configuration, without using an array of adapters, is with a card that has at least five, similar outputs, connected to matching monitors. To that end, we got our hands on a pair of PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 2GB Eyefinity 6 Edition cards and five Dell 22” screens with DisplayPort inputs...

AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire with 5x1 Eyefinity

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 1:20:56 PM(UTC)
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Going to check this awesomeness out right now, Thanks :)

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#3 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 1:53:04 PM(UTC)
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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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#4 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 1:53:32 PM(UTC)
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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 [:'(]

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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#5 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 2:13:26 PM(UTC)
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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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#6 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:03:32 PM(UTC)
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That is absolutely incredible. Most of us could only dream about a setup like this. It almost would seem that you really need to have the dual cards to be able to drive something this huge at really good framerates. Thanks for the great review I love the videos of actual gameplay that give us a sense of how well this setup really works.

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#7 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 4:24:47 PM(UTC)
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Aww you guys get all the fun. BTW you guys need some better monitors for multiscreening :P. Like the crossfire bench :)

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#8 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 5:05:30 PM(UTC)
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I just cannot get around the bezel from one monitor to the next. If they can figure out a way to s[censored]ze them closer together this would be great.

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#9 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 5:12:34 PM(UTC)
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Well at least it's comforting to know that dual 6870's can power AvP just fine on a 6870.

I'd like to thank PowerColor for releasing this card out into the public; with the declining monitor prices in tow; anybody can have a 5x1 setup now that they think about it. And the 2GBs of memory just makes this card into so much more.

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#10 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 7:45:17 PM(UTC)
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how would you be able to buy the monitors we need a sweet deal on a few!!!

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#11 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 8:05:50 PM(UTC)
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awesome just awesome thats all i can say, sick layout!! 

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#12 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 8:56:47 PM(UTC)
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LBowen wrote:

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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#13 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 9:34:31 PM(UTC)
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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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#14 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10:01:26 PM(UTC)
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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

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/52592/380547.aspx#380547

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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#15 Posted : Thursday, June 9, 2011 2:53:44 AM(UTC)
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OptimusPrimeTime wrote:
"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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