Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review :: 6-monitor gaming and single monitor gaming

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

By Benjamin Sun

The first game I tried on six monitors was Aliens versus Predator. This is one of the new crop of DirectX 11 games that the card supports. The game was playable at 5040x2100 the maximum resolution the six monitors support with frame rates near 30 fps without AA and AF. At such high resolutions, the game doesn’t require AA as much.

Dirt 2 is another DirectX 11 game with deceased off-road star Colin McRae as the main driver. This game is a racing game and should be conducive to play with six monitors. The game had high frame rates throughout without AA in the 20s. The Eyefinity 6 Edition card is really suited for games at high resolution without AA turning on AA causes the games to have unplayable frame rates.

The third game I tried with the HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition card was Metro 2033. This game is a bit problematic with 6 monitors as the game has PhysX support built in. This game had playable frame rates at 1920x1200 but with 6 displays the game had frame rates fewer than 10 without AA and AF turned on at 5040x2100. Turning the resolution down to 3840x1600 allowed decent performance without AA and AF.


Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review 6-monitor

6-monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review 6-monitor

6-monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review 6-monitor

6-monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review 6-monitor

6-monitor


Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review 6-monitor

6-monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review 6-monitor

6-monitor

One issue with the Eyefinity 6 Edition card in FPS (First Person Shooter) games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is the targeting point is nearly in the center of the screen. The game itself was completely playable at 5040x2100 resolution, but the problem was that the targeting reticule was in the center of the two center monitors, making targeting enemies problematic. In this case three monitor Eyefinity is a better solution and the game was fully playable up to the 5760x1200 resolution. Turning on 8x FSAA and 16x AF allowed the game to be playable at 1920x1200.


Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review single monitor

single monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review single monitor

single monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review single monitor

single monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review single monitor

single monitor



Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review single monitor

single monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review single monitor

single monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review single monitor

single monitor

Sapphire HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card Review single monitor

single monitor