Wednesday, May 19th 2010

PowerColor HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 Graphics Card Pictured

PowerColor's latest high end graphics card which surfaced in April, as a graphics card with the ability to run 12 displays in ATI Eyefinity arrays, seems to have finally taken shape, with the company calling it the PowerColor HD 5970 Eyefinity 12. This graphics card is based on the Radeon HD 5970 dual-GPU graphics card, but makes use of display outputs from both GPUs.

PowerColor had to extend the connectivity on a third slot with mini-Display Port connectors, as it ran out on space with two slots holding 6 connectors and the crucial air-exhaust vent. The second set of mini-DP connectors sit on a riser card, which is detachable, turning the card into a dual-slot Eyefinity6 card. To help handle 12 display heads, the card has 4 GB of GDDR5 memory spread across two 256-bit wide memory interfaces. It is capable of running large Eyefinity display heads which span across all the 12 physical displays. The Eyefinity12 card from PowerColor is expected to be launched during the Computex event, early next month.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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36 Comments on PowerColor HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 Graphics Card Pictured

#1
TRIPTEX_CAN
Typo in the news title.. 5890?

Card looks insane but I doubt many units will sell to the private sector.
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#2
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
alright now i have a question, am i going to actually be able to take this thing, attach 12 1680X1050 monitors to it and actually play a game @ atleast 60fps?
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#3
Aleksander
Maybe half life 2 can run with 12 monitors, but i have seen with 30 monitors playing Hawk
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#4
Initialised
Finally something worth upgrading to!
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#5
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Would probably chug on its native 12 monitored eyefinity res
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#6
RONX GT
ATI is dominating in multi displays segments. I wonder how much actual market share will stand for this one. Six was outrages and now 12 for this(5970 right?) one :eek:

Any idea for the price? BTW 4 GB memory seems to be pretty realistic for this monster.
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#7
wahdangun
WOW, what a madness,

i think, this card will sell like a hot cakes, even if this thing priced for $1000
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#8
TVman
12 outlets......WHY?
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#9
Jizzler
Very nice!

Up to 6 or up to 12 with one model of card. Doesn't steal a third slot if you don't need the extra outputs.
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#10
pentastar111
The tech is great but it might seem as though you were in a Junkers Ju188 with all the bezels they will have. The monitor designers need to make them(bezels) much smaller.
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#11
erixx
This is stuff for the Pentagon or Scotland Yard :)
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#12
HillBeast
When I saw the title I was like 'OMFG! They are making a 5890', but then I realised it's just a typo. Good idea though to make the extra 6 ports detachable, but I can't see myself buying 12 screens :eek: any time soon, especially considering how much my single screen alone costed.
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#13
HalfAHertz
Notice how there were exactly 12 replies for this 12 monitor imput mostrocity. But fear not! I came just in time to put an end to it :D

To people asking why, I'm pretty sure that 90% of the potential customers will not use it for gaming but instead drive an info-terminal or something similar...
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#14
cauby
i quote 300: "this is madness!"

even if this card is priced like all the other regular 5970 (which probably won't),just the cost of 12 displays + display supports is just too expensive!
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#15
RejZoR
Yeah, not many home users will run 12 monitors, but running 12 of them in a store for display purposes, it's not so far fetched. Just look at Matrox. They used to live from that when most of companies only knew just 1 output...
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#16
inferKNOX
Damn!:twitch:
I can't believe we've jumped from cards that support 2 monitors to 12 in <1yr! To think 2 graphics cards could supply 24 monitors from 1 system!!!:roll:
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#17
WSP
will we see 8gb varian?maybe some company like asus/sapphire will make 4gb varian of 5870
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#18
ToTTenTranz
by: Phxprovost
alright now i have a question, am i going to actually be able to take this thing, attach 12 1680X1050 monitors to it and actually play a game @ atleast 60fps?
Sure!

If it's Tetris.
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#19
$immond$
wow... Gimmick* Gimmick* Gimmick* Gimmick*

Eye-finity 12 seems as useful as BBQ soup for gaming, maybe in tri-fire mode you can have 36 Monitors connected!!!!

Because "More" is better.



Even 24 monitors in crossfire mode seems like an eyesore and expense not definitely not worth it.
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#20
alexicore5000
by: HalfAHertz
To people asking why, I'm pretty sure that 90% of the potential customers will not use it for gaming but instead drive an info-terminal or something similar...
other than the "look what we can do" aspect of this card, this seems to be the only use I can think of for 12 ports and I'm pretty sure there are cheaper and more efficient ways of doing it.

As for using 12 monitors for gaming...does anyone have 12 15" monitors?
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#21
Steevo
All those displays in airports for one, all have to be run off a system, and usually that means a whole thin client for 1 or 2 displays, plus a server license, etc... or a regular PC with multiple video cards and lower power efficiency.

So one PC to run one set of monitors, or 3-6 PC's.
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#22
ariff_tech
They should call it XD5970. HD only for high Definition. This is Xtreme Definition.
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#23
Easo
by: ariff_tech
They should call it XD5970. HD only for high Definition. This is Xtreme Definition.
Agreed.
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#24
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: cauby
i quote 300: "this is madness!"

even if this card is priced like all the other regular 5970 (which probably won't),just the cost of 12 displays + display supports is just too expensive!
It's not too expensive at all. Just because there are 12 ports doesn't mean you need to fill them all. Anyway there is a market for this card since they released it to fill the gap.

by: Steevo
All those displays in airports for one, all have to be run off a system, and usually that means a whole thin client for 1 or 2 displays, plus a server license, etc... or a regular PC with multiple video cards and lower power efficiency.

So one PC to run one set of monitors, or 3-6 PC's.
Hmm never thought about that. Rail stations too etc.
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#25
Kitkat
by: $immond$
wow... Gimmick* Gimmick* Gimmick* Gimmick*

Eye-finity 12 seems as useful as BBQ soup for gaming, maybe in tri-fire mode you can have 36 Monitors connected!!!!

Because "More" is better.

http://www.semiaccurate.com/static/uploads/2009/09_september/Flight_Sim_24_monitors.JPG

Even 24 monitors in crossfire mode seems like an eyesore and expense not definitely not worth it.
Eyefinity wasnt for gaming orginaly at all. period. Sure Eyefinity 3 is being marketed that way because its the most accesible, efficient and quality experience (while gaming) version. This versions is for all those monitors that show EXAMPLES at expos or stores when u go to buy them ect Tech expos ect. It might show up alot of places but is a catalog type item.

Example: Having the 1080p Transformers running in the store, so u make the choice u want in monitors.

Its not a gaming card at all. Its NOT FOR YOU.... don't complain lol. Sure its an interesting feat given all the stuff u used to have to do or the media rigs u had to build to get the same thing at more cost and weaker specs but yes its useless to most. I used to work in best buy.. They'll want stuff like this. For all those monitors and maybe 10 TVS at a time.
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