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Eyefinity Examined with Sapphire HD 6970 x4 and Core i7 3960X

We pull out our three U2410s again and pair them with four HD 6970s and the new Sandy-Bridge E platform.
By: Shawn Baker | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 3:57 pm





We don't get to use our Surround Vision / Eyefinity setup that much with the last time we used it being when we tested the MARS 2 from ASUS. Really, though, since then there's not been much reason to use it. With video card setups being pretty quiet lately and nothing changing in that department this year, the monitor setup has just been gathering hardware around it. Until today, though, where I found myself cleaning for an hour before I could actually move my testbed next to it.


With four HD 6970s on hand, though, and the new Sandy Bridge-E platform getting a good work out lately via both a 3-Way CrossFireX Article and 4-Way CrossFireX Article, it seemed the final piece of the puzzle was to see the kind of performance at the ultra-high 3600 x 1920 resolution.


So that brings us to where we are today. We've got our three Dell U2410 monitors running in portrait mode as you can see in the above picture. To accompany that, we've got our four HD 6970s from Sapphire and sitting under them we find our ASUS Rampage IV Extreme and Intel Core i7 3960X.


Well, for the most part that pretty much covers everything we need to talk about now. We'll be following a similar layout to what you've seen in our other articles using the video cards we've got here today, minus the removal of the synthetic benchmarks. Before we look at the performance side of things, though, we'll just quickly go over our testbed.

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