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Saturday, 25 September 2010 10:18

XFX Secret Weapon tested - HD 5970 Black Edition - 11. Eyefinity Test

Written by Sanjin Rados

Review: Eyefinity 6 and 4GB memory

Playing games with the picture spanning across more monitors can be done with Nvidia or AMD cards, but although both teams have made significant advances, we’d still refrain from calling them finished articles. In this respect AMD has done much better as cards from HD 5000 series will take up to three monitors (Eyefinity editions will take up to 6) whereas three screens on Nvidia cards require SLI. This means you need two graphics cards (except for the GTX 295 with two DVIs and HDMI) since each GPU can only handle two screens.

Not everything is as grand as it seems though, as AMD Eyefinity requires one of the three monitors to be a DisplayPort version. Naturally, DisplayPort monitors don’t come cheap but thankfully there are alternatives. For ultra high resolutions, the alternative is an active DisplayPort/Dual-Link DVI adapter ($100) whereas for resolutions for up to 1920x1200 you can do with an active DisplayPort/Single-Link DVI which is ($30). Sapphire is one of the first to offer this adapter and you can check it out here.

The active DisplayPort/Single-Link DVI adapter will allow for a resolution of 5760x1200 (landscape) or 3600x1920 (portrait).

XFX ships a few adapters with its HD 5970 4GB Black Edition card, among which you’ll find two passive MiniDP-to-Single-Link DVI, one passive MiniDP-to-HDMI and three miniDP-to-DisplayPort adapters. This means that although the card has six video outs, if your three (or all six) monitors only have DVI ins, you’ll have to look for additional active MiniDP-to-DVI adapters.


We tested with three 1920x1080 monitors (5760x1080) where one monitor had a DisplayPort video in .



Gaming at 5760x1080 is much more efficient with XFX HD 5970 4GB as the card not only runs overclocked, but it comes with twice the memory on the reference card.


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-6 #1 Jaberwocky 2010-09-25 10:39
This card is crackers.For half the money you could Tri SLI 3no GTX 460's.Overclock them and get the same performance with the same amount of monitor ports.
-23 #2 Tr0y 2010-09-25 11:00
ATI sucks.
+6 #3 Tr0y 2010-09-25 11:01
NVidia sucks.
-17 #4 Tr0y 2010-09-25 11:01
Fudzilla sucks - especially their "Add comment" function.
+15 #5 P1n3apqlExpr3ss 2010-09-25 11:20
Quoting Jaberwocky:
This card is crackers.For half the money you could Tri SLI 3no GTX 460's.Overclock them and get the same performance with the same amount of monitor ports.

Thing is you cant tri-SLI 460's :P
+9 #6 Alexko 2010-09-25 15:01
And no matter how many GTX 460s you SLI, you can't play on 3 displays, let alone 6.

You'd probably be better off with a pair of those: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102888&cm_re=Radeon_HD_5870_Eyefinity-_-14-102-888-_-Product But they're still expensive.

If you want that kind of performance, just wait for the HD 6870, it shouldn't be more than a couple of months away, now.
+9 #7 Truhls 2010-09-25 16:20
Man i dont care about the GPU, i just want the GPU case holder lol.
0 #8 jonny80s 2010-09-25 21:50
Sli a couple of 480s, better performance and physics. Who runs 6 monitors?

Crazy flight sim gurus do, but I doubt they would be dumping their money on these.

Nice card though, run that and a 250 for physics.... good to go.
+6 #9 Super XP 2010-09-26 03:19
I don't know about you guys but I rather wait for the newer HD 6800 series. I think this XFX card while being a awesome card is a little too late in the game. That price is just way too much...
+6 #10 Marburg_U 2010-09-26 06:35
I would have liked to see this thing compared to the Asus Ares.

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