ATI’s Eyefinity is an interesting new way of dealing with multimonitor setups stemming from a single computer. One of the things ATI promised is that users would only need a single card. Up until now, most of the new Radeon HD 5XXX series cards have been limited to three or maybe four video ports out. Eyefinity, however, supports up to six, and recently a number of board partners released ATI’s six-port HD 5870.
The HD 5870 is one of the most expensive ATI-branded graphics cards out there, however, and the six-port version just adds to the cost. PowerColor is looking to change the equation with the release of its new HD 5770, a more affordable video card that uses a full five out of Eyefinity’s six max displays.
- Model: ATI Radeon HD 5770
- GPU clock speed: 850MHz
- Memory: 1GB GDDR5
- Memory clock speed: 1200MHz
- DirectX 11 capable
- Supports CrossFireX
- Video ports: 5 x mini-DisplayPort
While there are any number of ways users could set up an Eyefinity system with five discrete monitors either grouped together or independently controlled, PowerColor put together a helpful chart to give users an idea of how things can play out. Monitors inscribed with the same number are treated as a single display of X resolution (instead of adding together like normal ones).
While pricing and precise availability are still being worked out, the non-five-DP card is on sale for right around $150 at most online retailers. No doubt the five port version is going to be more expensive, but it can’t be by too much, less they risk users just buying two cheaper cards.