Company: AMD
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: August 30th, 2010
Increasing Eyefinity's Accessibility

AMD
AMD
September will see the introduction more DisplayPort capable models, and the beginning of price adjustments for higher quality in-plane switching (IPS) LCD displays. IPS is preferable to the more common twisted-nematic (TN) LCD panel as it offers better color reproduction and larger view angles. However, they are more expensive to produce and offer slow response times and contrast ratios, giving the marketing guys less to work with - the box art eye-catching 2ms/10,000:1 contrast ratios usually are the cheaper TN display panels. IPS panel types divide into many more sub-types, with the 2001 introduced Hitachi's Super-IPS (S-IPS) very popular, especially in LG displays. Enhanced-IPS is gaining traction, offering lower power backlights and reducing response time to 5ms, close to TN speeds. Patterned Vertical Alignment (PVA) panels are also available, but more common in high-quality High Definition Televisions (HDTV) such as the Sony Bravia.


Samsung MD230 Display Options
Samsung MD230 Display Options

Samsung's long awaited MD230 displays are now becoming available, with their ultra-thin bezels and 3x1 or 3x2 bundles and stands offering the best solution for ATI Eyefinity gaming. Rage3D saw this first hand at AMD's ATI Eyefinity launch event in September 2009, where the surprise announcement of ATI Eyefinity caught everyone by surprise. The availability of these displays has been long awaited, and ATI Eyefinity enthusiasts will be keen to see how the small bezels and high quality panels improve gaming immersion. The simple stands and adjustability look to be better than any current display setup.

DisplayPort Monitors

Display Port Monitors
Display Port Monitors

AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5000 series are very popular with gamers. In July 2010 the top DirectX 11 graphics cards were ATI Radeon HD 5700 and 5800 systems, accounting for ~72% of all the DirectX 11 GPUs used in Steam surveyed systems. AMD commands the DirectX 11 landscape currently, with 91.92% of the DirectX 11 GPUs in the July steam survey. Expect this to trend downwards as the excellent GTX 460 (read our review here) is included in the next survey, however.

July 2010 STEAM Hardware Survey Results
July 2010 STEAM Hardware Survey Results

ATI Eyefinity is now more accessible than ever, with the new Active single-link self-powered adapters working well. In our testing there were no flickers, DisplayPort link failure reports or blank displays, switching from bezel compensated to non-bezel compensated and entering/exiting full screen 3D games. This new adapter should only increase the adoption of ATI Eyefinity, covering 90%+ of all resolutions in use today. If you're running displays higher than 1920x1200 then sorry - you're still looking at either ensuring you have DisplayPort inputs, or buying an externally powered dual-link DVI adapter. Most 27" and 30" displays have native DisplayPort, but there are a few displays out there with DVI/HDMI and no DP with higher than 1920x1200 resolution, such as Dell's oddball 2048 x 1152 resolution SP2309W.

Graphics Momentum
Graphics Momentum

DisplayPort itself is about to adopt the version 1.2 standard approved in May 2010, which will allows features like 120Hz sequential and DisplayPort daisy chaining. This will very useful for a ATI Eyefinity revision, as 'Eyefinity+' could have a single output on the card which could drive up to 3 displays with 3D.

ATI Eyefinity
ATI Eyefinity


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