Completing the Eyefinity 6 Build

Just when we thought we were good to go with the first four panels, we heard a loud snap and a whole lot of bad ensued. The tape we applied earlier made it look like the panels were happily resting against one another but in reality it was just barely holding together a contraption that did not want to be contained any longer.

Apparently we hadn't adjusted all of the mounts properly and eventually the tape gave way (hence it not being magic sticky tape):

Here we have AMD's Chris Hook holding two panels together while I tighten the mounts to hopefully keep them in place. I believe I'm telling him a funny story at this point as well.

Setting up one of these Eyefinity 6 builds is definitely a two person job, and I wouldn't shy away from having a third join in. It definitely helped us.

Luckily Atdec's two display stand was much easier to assemble.  You just adjust the vertical position of the arms that will hold your two displays, and with that done just clamp them into place.  We lined up the two remaining displays to our slanty 4 monitor setup and things started to come together:

The whole process took a couple of hours. It would've taken more if we cared about trying to get all of the bezels to line up perfectly. If you've got a friend (or ten) who have great attention to detail and are extremely patient with assembling things, invite them over to help setup your $1500 Eyefinity 6 display (you should probably bake them a cake).

The finished product definitely had issues.  The tape didn't keep the panels together forever. I will say that the gaps between the bezels didn't bother me that much, although the combined thickness of two bezels was annoying when actually using the system.

Setting up Six Displays The Crosshair Problem
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  • Paulman - Thursday, April 01, 2010 - link

    I agree that they should release a higher clocked (binned) version of the HD 5870, if only to steal NVIDIA's thunder. They wouldn't need mass availability. Even just a few hundred, or ideally 10,000+ units would be enough to dethrone NVIDIA from being able to claim "the fastest single-GPU card". And I think such claims form the bulk of what NVIDIA has to work with right now.

    A 512-bit version would require a redesign of the chip, though, which would require a lot of manpower including design verification, etc. I don't think it would be worth it for ATI/AMD. Again, releasing a higher-clocked part - now that would be super easy and super effective.
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  • Calin - Thursday, April 01, 2010 - link

    A redesigned 512-bit memory interface card wouldn't come much earlier (if at all) than the next generation. Also, it would use a lot of design/test/silicon resources and time (financially, manpower, ...) for what would be some couple thousands cards sold (when AMD can not produce enough graphic chips as it is).
    Keep up availability and low price instead of the absolute top. NVidia will be in the "enviable" position of having the top performance card which nobody can find, and nothing else in performance and mainstream segments.
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  • Hargak - Monday, April 05, 2010 - link

    I would think they already have a working dual gpu that will beat it, yet stay close to the single cards output. Reply
  • Griswold - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - link

    I think 3 displays or better yet, 5 displays with the middle one in pivot mode, to counter any crosshair issues, is they route go. Should be possible, no? Reply
  • bigboxes - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - link

    No one says you have to add monitors in pairs. This card just has the connection for UP TO 6 monitors. So hook up five and then configure eyeinfinity. Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - link

    3 is currently possible, however 5 isn't supported by the drivers yet. AMD is apparently working on it though.

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • Quidam67 - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - link

    Devils advocate, but it seems to me that you actually need 9 displays to deal with the crosshair issue.

    And wouldn't that also allow you to maintain aspect ratio?

    Imagine the fun Anand could have putting 9 monitors together :O)

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  • Granseth - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - link

    why not buy 3 cheap projectors and set them up with eyefinity.
    No Bezels, high resolution and a large screen.

    I would very much like to see somebody doing this and giving feedback about how this solution would work. Although the problem would probably be to find a cheap projector with display port.
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  • AmbroseAthan - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - link

    Though not eyefinity, this could give you an idea of what it is like:

    http://nthusim.com/setup/bhawthorne-triple-circula...
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  • Makaveli - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - link

    From this review it looks like the 2GB's are needed for a 6 screensetup.... I don't see how that is suppose to be a counter to the GTX 480.

    Graphic card prices aren't going down as quickly as people would have liked based on its review, just wait for the refresh card its coming.
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