Ati Eyefinity: Extreme gaming with 24 displays and 7,680 x 3,200 pixels - Update: Pictures of the graphics card
AMD has introduced the Ati Eyefinity Technology that allows Surround Gaming with up to 24 displays and maximal 24.6 megapixels - Crysis in real 7,680 x 3,200 pixels.
With a multi GPU Crossfire setup the Eyefinity technology can control up to 24 displays via Display Port connection. Up to six displays with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels are said to be combinable in several arrangements. This makes it possible to play Crysis at 7,680 x 3,200 pixels for example - although the Crysis options we were shown offered 5,760 x 2,160 (six 1,920 x 1,200 inch displays) only. Furthermore an exclusive PC demonstration of the Cryengien 3 on three displays, a playable demo track of Codemasters' racing game Dirt 2 (which will be released in December with DirectX 11 support) as well as a preview of a new Battleforge version (another possible DirectX 11 supporter) had been shown at the event.
Via so-called Display Groups the Catalyst driver combines multiple displays to a virtual surface. So modern applications don't recognize and thus don't mind if they receive their resolution information from the windows settings. The recently (right because of this reason) overhauled Catalyst Control Center offers comfortable setting options for the many displays.
Eyefinity works, according to AMD, for video playback as well as for 3D games or other fullscreen applications on Windows 7, Vista and Linux - XP users can't use the feature. During the demonstration of the Eyefinity Technology we got quite a good impression of the features.
The combinations of the displays are more or less free to choose - no matter if next to each other or set up in a vertical orientation. It is also possible to rotate the displays to portrait position.
While games or applications like Google Earth look as well as a structured Windows desktop looked quite good on the multi display arrays, the fullscreen video playback suffered from the displays' frames. AMD is cooperation with Samsung and other companies to reduce the frame size and thus minimize the drawback. Displays that don't have a frame at all are still rather expensive for the common customer.
The video below, which has been published at the AMD Blog site, shows the Eyefinity Technology in action.
Update: September 16, 2009
Today we can present pictures of the Ati Eyefinity graphics cards. According to AMD they are part of the forthcoming DirectX 11 GPU generation.
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