Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review :: Introduction

04-25-2010 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

Multiple monitor video cards have been around for many years. Business professionals who need a lot of real estate for their presentations, stock traders that need to look at multiple pages of stock quotes to follow their trades and gamers who want an immersive experience have long wanted more screen space for their computers. My friend Dr. Oku, for example, has had the latest Dell computer for years and had Matrox Parhelia video cards due to the need for three monitors for his stock trading.

Last year ATI released their Redwood family of video cards initially consisting of the HD 5870 and the HD 5850 based upon the Cypress chip. At the launch party ATI showed off huge displays with up to 24 monitors from a single system with four HD 5870 video cards. These were called Eyefinity Edition HD 5870s and were not available at the release of the new card. They have recently released the Eyefinity 6 Edition cards and today’s review is on the Sapphire RADEON HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition card designed to work with six monitors. Sapphire has been a long-time seller of ATI-based video cards and this is the first 6 monitor video card I have ever seen.