Going BIG with AMD Eyefinity Multi-Displays

Going BIG with AMD Eyefinity Multi-Displays

Gregory Han
Sep 11, 2009

"More" seems never enough when it comes to computer specs and monitor real estate. And that's the thinking behind AMD's Eyefinity Multi-Display system, which sets out to bring a truly ultra hi-def immersive experience using multiple displays. Yes, we already have display spanning or mirroring (we use it ourselves), but the new trick here is the Eyefinity's hardware/software solution converts a group of displays into one single monitor, in Borg-like fashion, with one video card (!)...

HotHardware was able to experience a group of six, 30" Dell 3008WFP panels being used as a single display. At first glance, many would remark, "Why not just use a large HD display or projector and do without the mess of bezels and multiple displays?"

The answer to that query is the fact this system can pump out 24.6 megapixels for high resolution gaming, all at playable frame rates...7680 x 3200 pixel capability versus just 1080p via HDMI. Let's put that into perspective: 2.15 billion transistors capable of 2.72 T/FLOPs of computing power, all in a single GPU. Insanity.

What we really want is an Eyefinity system integrated into a large ultra HD display or projector, because as cool as this technology is, we don't see ourselves stacking monitors en masse, even with the promise of ultra high def resolution. It would not be energy inefficient, decor-unfriendly and very costly. But we think this bodes well for the future of high def content, in both entertainment and application form, and we're sure some committed gamers our there are already salivating.

More about the AMD Eyefinity Multi-Display technology at HotHardware.

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