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ATI’s Eyefinity: 18 Games Benched on 3 and 6 Displays
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by Rob Williams on May 17, 2010 in AMD-Based GPU

When AMD launched its ATI Eyefinity technology, it helped redefine high-end gaming, and effectively made 2560×1600 look like child’s play. In this article, we put the technology to a good test across 18 different games and on both 3×1 (5760×1080) and 3×2 (5760×2160) display configurations to see just how worthy Eyefinity is.

Aliens vs. Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Aliens vs. Predator

To kick off our special collection of titles used for Eyefinity testing, we start with Aliens vs Predator, one that has earned AMD’s “Validated” marking, meaning that all aspects of the game scale to Eyefinity just fine and no abnormalities should be seen. From our experience, that’s absolutely true. The game menu is just fine, along with the in-game UI and of course the game world itself.

Aliens vs. Predator - 5760x2160

Aliens vs. Predator - 5760x1080

ATI Eyefinity 3 and 6 Displays

As gorgeous as the game is, it still surprisingly ran quite well with normal detail settings across all of our configurations… even 5760×2160 with a single GPU! At 38 FPS, the gameplay wasn’t as smooth as could be, but it was still very playable. There’s a definite trade-off in some cases between performance and detail levels, and when you’re playing on such a monstrous display, you generally want the best detail level possible.

Graphics Card
Best Playable
Min FPS
Avg. FPS
5760×1080 – Single GPU
Max Detail, 1xAA
35
48.360
5760×1080 – Dual GPU
Max Detail, 1xAA
41
79.776
5760×2160 – Single GPU
Normal Detail, 1xAA
21
38.184
5760×2160 – Dual GPU
Max Detail, 1xAA
19
41.508

All but our single GPU 5760×2160 configuration required extra tweaking. Fortunately, for those three that were changed, the graphics were bumped up, and when equipped with two cards, max detail settings are just fine even at 5760×2160. The reason for using 1xAA is that the game doesn’t allow 0xAA, and even 2xAA caused us issues. The game would run sluggish at first with higher AA, and then iron itself out, but then slow down in points throughout the level. Therefore, 1xAA is really the only option.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Like AvP, Bad Company 2 is another Validated title, and throughout all of our trial runs, we can understand why. Everything again scales perfectly, even the main menu. In-game fonts and UI is also fine, and the game world scales just as you would expect it to… it’s all very natural. Strangely, though, in-game cut-scenes, despite being shown with in-game graphics (not video), did not fill the entire screen. Rather, it would take up about 70% of the entire resolution on average. Even more interesting is that while all in-game cut-scenes did this, some scaled differently. This is far from being a game-breaker, but it’s interesting enough to mention.

One bug I do consider to be somewhat major though is that on occasion, one or more of the displays would become inactive as I logged into the game. This isn’t a rarity, happening about once per four times. If it does happen, sometimes an alt-tab will help, but most often we had to restart the game entirely. The last time we experienced this issue, we had to restart the game four times before all six monitors would stay active. I assume this to be a driver bug, and expect it to be fixed in the future. Although BC2 wasn’t the only game that had this issue, it had it far worse than any other.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - 5760x2160

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - 5760x1080

ATI Eyefinity 3 and 6 Displays

All but our single GPU 5760×2160 configuration handled the game well at Medium detail settings. In order to reach a more playable level at 5760×2160, a second GPU needs to be added, and it makes all the difference.

Graphics Card
Best Playable
Min FPS
Avg. FPS
5760×1080 – Single GPU
Medium Detail
37
45.794
5760×1080 – Dual GPU
High Detail
36
49.282
5760×2160 – Single GPU
Low Detail
28
38.717
5760×2160 – Dual GPU
Medium Detail
34
45.518

For our single GPU configurations, 5760×1080 must stick with the Medium detail setting to remain fully playable, while at 5760×2160, the only real option is to drop down to the Low detail setting (which still happens to look quite good). For dual GPU, our beefier resolution can retain Medium detail settings, while for three monitors, you can boost the details up to High.


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