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AMD launches its HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 card
by Slobodan Simic on31 March 2010
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Roundup: Consumer card for six-display configurations
AMD has officially announced its AMD HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 card, or simply an HD 5870 with support for six displays and with double the frame buffer. The card does have some cool features but the bezel problem and the fact that a single HD 5870 GPU can struggle with games at ultra-high resolutions leaves a lot to be desired.
Most AMD partners have also launched their cards and the rest will probably follow up soon. A lot of sites have also come up with their own reviews and most of them share the opinion that the HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 is indeed cool, but with a lot of drawbacks.
The card uses the same specs as the regular AMD HD 5870 but features 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The TDP rose from 188W on the regular HD 5870 to 228W which means that the Eyefinity 6 card needs both 8-pin and 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors. The price also rose from around US $390 to $420 for the regular HD 5870 1GB to a suggested price tag of US $479 for the Eyefinity card.
The aforementioned price tag wouldn't be a problem unless you consider the main advantage of an Eyefinty 6 Edition card, which is support for up to six screens. When you add to that the cost of getting six displays, it's clear that this is reserved for those with deep pockets.
You can check out some of the reviews below.
- PC Perspective