AMD tempts gamers with multi-monitor Eye candy
One card, six displays, one billion pixels
AMD has announced a new graphics card that can fill six displays with over one billion pixels per second to provide what the company unblushingly claims to be "the ultimate in entertainment and productivity".
The Wednesday announcement of the expansively named ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition notes that users of the card can benefit from the "well-developed ecosystem" of ATI's Eyefinity technology, and that the new card will use updated Catalyst drivers.
Six independent display controllers support either six independent displays or one unified mega-view
Although AMD pays some lip service to the Eyefinity 6's productivity capabilities - think multiple-monitor spreadsheet, business intelligence, and newsfeed setups - the card's clear target is the gamer who wants a wrap-around, immersive experience. As the company gushes: "Think of it as Surround Sight." The release specifically cites Codemasters' DiRT 2 and EA's Battlefield: Bad Company 2, both which can take advantage of the card's DirectX 11 support.
Bezel compensation is available in the March 2010 Catalyst 10.3 driver, but to benefit from it, all your displays will need to have pixel densities of within five per cent of each other.
The Radeon HD 5870 GPU driving the Eyefinity 6 is a 40 nanometer, 2.1 billion transistors beastie with 1,600 stream processing units. Its GDDR5 interface provides 153.6 gigabytes per second of bandwidth - the Eyefinity 6 comes with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. It supports OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.0, and connects to your machine over its PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface.
A full listing of the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition's specs, speeds, and feeds can be found here. Pricing and availability were not included in today's announcement, and AMD did not immediately respond to our requests for any hint as to when the Eyefinity 6 might be available and how much it might set you back. ®
FIX THE 5870 GSOD PROBLEM FIRST
AMD/ATI needs to stop publicity stunts like this, and fix the 5870 first!.
The Internet/amd forums are FULL of buyers with 5870 line, crash, lockups, GSOD, and more than two monitors flicker and corrupt.
and NO, 10.3 HAS NOT FIXED THE PROBLEM
As for when the new card will be available, they are in the shops now, and are £439.99.
i have one, and no AMD have not fixed the line problem or multi monitor problem in this card either.
In COD 6 i got 60 fps, but with 3 monitors, its down to 16, so if you want to run 6 monitors, you will need 3 cards, or 2 for 3 monitors.
AMD are just making cards for reviews, shows, and to take publicity away form the Nvidia 480 water boiler.
$500 at newegg
but will it run with XP
or win 98
"...how much it might set you back."
Doesn't really matter. If you can run to lashing out on six decent matching monitors and a proper mounting system for them to go with it, the card'll be pocket change.
I bet they just stuck a couple of TH2GO boxes together along with a standard graph card and added a zero to th eprice :)
And wouldn't you need some kind of nuclear powered cooling system?