ATI Eyefinity Technology
Setup Guide
ATI Eyefinity Technology Setup Guide
Table of Contents
ATI Eyefinity Technology Setup Guide ..................................................... 1
What is ATI Eyefinity Technology? ........................................................ 1
Recommended Monitor Configurations................................................... 1
Landscape vs. Portrait Orientation ............................................................................................... 1
Total Resolution ............................................................................................................................ 1
Selecting Monitors to Suit a Graphics Adapter ............................................................................. 2
Connecting Displays ............................................................................ 2
Using ATI Catalyst™ Control Center to Configure Desktops & Displays ...... 4
Using ATI Eyefinity Technology to Create a 3x1 Display Group (Landscape)5
First Steps ...................................................................................................................................... 5
Setting the ATI Eyefinity Group Level ........................................................................................... 5
Automatically Adding Displays to the Group ................................................................................ 5
Adding Displays to an ATI Eyefinity Group .................................................................................... 5
Arranging Displays......................................................................................................................... 6
Changing Display Mode................................................................................................................. 6
DISCLAIMER ...................................................................................... 8
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ATI Eyefinity Technology Setup Guide
What is ATI Eyefinity Technology?
ATI Eyefinity Technology from AMD provides advanced multiple monitor technology delivering an incredibly
immersive graphic and computing experience with innovative display capabilities, supporting massive desktop
workspaces and super-high resolution gaming environments. ATI Eyefinity technology with DisplayPort
connectivity enables a single GPU to support up to six independent display outputs simultaneously. For the
purposes of this document an “ATI Eyefinity system” means a computer system employing ATI Eyefinity
technology and an “ATI Eyefinity resolution” means a resolution achievable using ATI Eyefinity technology.
Recommended Monitor Configurations
Although ATI Eyefinity technology can be implemented with two, three, and in some products four or even six
monitors, the optimal configuration is usually three. This keeps the focal point (and the crosshairs, if you’re
playing a shooter) in the center of the middle monitor, rather than hidden behind a bezel.
Figure 1: An example of an optimal three display ATI Eyefinity technology configuration.
Landscape vs. Portrait Orientation
Most games look good in a three-way landscape configuration, although they may require special configuration
to access the ultra-wide aspect ratio. For media (watching movies, for example), a portrait arrangement may be
more appropriate. Some titles, which do not offer appropriate aspect ratio control, may look better in a portrait
orientation.
Total Resolution
ATI Eyefinity gives the user access to an enormous number of pixels. Obviously, as pixel count grows, the
graphics horsepower required to drive the displays at a reasonable frame rate can increase dramatically. The
table below shows some recommended monitor configurations which take account of the power of the various
GPU’s.
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Selecting Monitors to Suit a Graphics Adapter
Graphics Product
Recommended Monitor Configurations
ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 series
3 x 1680x1050 = 5040x1050 Landscape or 3150x1680 Portrait
3 x 1280x1024 = 3840x1024 Landscape or 3072x1280 Portrait
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3 x 1366x768 = 4098x768 Landscape
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3 x 1280x720 = 3840x720 Landscape
ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 series
3 x 1920x1200 = 5760x1200 Landscape or 3600x1920 Portrait
3 x 1920x1080 = 5760x1080 Landscape or 3240x1920 Portrait
3 x 1680x1050 = 5040x1050 Landscape or 3150x1680 Portrait
ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics
3 x 2560x1600 = 7680x1600 Landscape
2
3 x 1920x1200 = 5760x1200 Landscape
2
3 x 1920x1080 = 5760x1080 Landscape
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Connecting Displays
ATI Eyefinity Technology is closely aligned with AMD’s DisplayPort implementation providing the flexibility and
upgradability modern user’s demand. Up to two DVI, HDMI, or VGA display outputs can be combined with
DisplayPort outputs for a total of up to six monitors, depending on the graphics card configuration.
The initial AMD graphics products with ATI Eyefinity technology will support a maximum of three independent
display outputs via a combination of two DVI, HDMI or VGA with one DisplayPort monitor. AMD has a future
product planned to support up to six DisplayPort outputs.
Wider display connectivity is possible by using display adapters that support active translation from DisplayPort
to DVI or VGA. These adapters require complex circuitry to convert the DisplayPort signal from the graphics
card, modify it to the new display signal required for the attached monitor, and for transmission.
The following active adapters are available in the market today:


DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI
DisplayPort to VGA


Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI
Mini DisplayPort to VGA
Portrait modes are possible, but likely impractical with the display devices (generally HDTV’s) that support
these resolutions
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Portrait oriented ATI Eyefinity modes will function, but are not accelerated by the current implementation of ATI
CrossFireX™ technology. For best performance with the currently available drivers, use a Landscape setup with
an ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics adapter
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Example Configuration Options Based on a Graphics Card with
Four Display Outputs
DVI Connector
DVI Connector
DP Connector
HDMI Connector
Monitor Configuration #1
DVI-DVI-DP
Native
Native
Native
Disabled
Monitor Configuration #2
DVI-DVI-DVI
Native
Native
Active DP to DVI
Adapter
Disabled
Monitor Configuration #3
DVI-HDMI-DP
Native
Disabled
Native
Native
Monitor Configuration #4
DVI-VGA-DP
Native
DVI to VGA Adapter
Native
Disabled
Monitor Configuration #5
VGA-VGA-VGA
DVI to VGA Adapter
DVI to VGA Adapter
Active DP to VGA
Adapter
Disabled
Monitor Configuration #6
DVI-VGA-HDMI
Native
Disabled
Active DP to VGA
Adapter
Native
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Using ATI Catalyst™ Control Center to Configure Desktops &
Displays
The following general instructions apply using CCC to configure displays.
1. The ATI Catalyst Control Center (CCC) Desktops & Displays manager is used to configure ATI Eyefinity
settings.
Figure 2: How to get to the Desktops & Displays manager in CCC and CCC with one display enabled
2. Right clicking on the desktop image (upper area) or clicking on the
triangle in the Desktop allows you to configure desktop properties
including the display mode, rotation and desktop color.
3. Replace an active display with this display. Right clicking on the display
icon (lower area) of an disabled display allows you to:
 Enable a display in duplicate mode.
 Extend the desktop onto the display
 Replace an active display withthis display
.
4. Right clicking on the display icon (lower area) or an enabled display
allows you to:
 Disable a display
 Identify a display
 Access display properties like display specific color and scaling
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Using ATI Eyefinity Technology to Create a 3x1 Display Group
(Landscape)
First Steps
1. With three or more displays connected click on the desktop or click
on the black triangle
to access the context menu. Select the
“Create Group” menu option.
If you have other desktops enabled you will see a pop-up dialog
offering to disable those other desktops in order to allow additional
group layouts. Select “Yes”.
Setting the ATI Eyefinity Group Level
2. The “Select Layout” dialog is shown allowing you to choose the
desired arrangement. Only arrangements which are possible based
on the currently detected displays are shown. Choose the 3x1
layout from the drop down boxes.
The selected layout is previewed in the dialog box below the drop
down list. Click on “Accept”.
Automatically Adding Displays to the Group
3a. If the number of enabled displays matches the number of required to create the selected layout (three in
this case), then CCC automatically selects all of the displays and enables the group. Skip to step 4
Adding Displays to an ATI Eyefinity Group
3b. Select the displays that you wish to use for this group by click in the
icons in the display area (lower part of the UI). Displays can be
added or removed as needed by clicking on them. After each
display s added it is enable din duplicate (clone) mode. Once you
have enabled enough displays click on the “Next” button.
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Arranging Displays
4. To arrange the displays in your group there is no need to physically
move or re-cable your displays. A wizard is provided to arrange the
display surfaces included in your display group.
Once the group is created, CCC automatically starts the wizard. If
the arrangement is already correct, click “Yes” and skip to step 7,
otherwise click “No” to start the arrangement wizard
5. The wizard will black out all of the displays in the group. The CCC
UI will show a grid that represents the Display Group layout you
have created. CCC then highlights each display in turn by switching
it from black to blue. Click on the corresponding cell in the CCC UI
to the one that is highlighted.
6. Progress through each display one at a time until the Display Group
is shown with your desktop properly organized on the group. Click
“Done”.
Changing Display Mode
7. To change the resolution of the Display Group click on the triangle
for the surface options, then select Properties to bring up the CCC
Desktop Properties and Mode settings.
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8. The Display Group you’ve just configured will add new very large
resolutions, with the maximum resolution being the highest possible
combined resolution of all your attached monitors based on what
they report to the graphics adapter. The other two resolutions are
medium and small Display Group surfaces also based on the
resolutions supported by the attached monitors.
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DISCLAIMER
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