AMD Eyefinity Technology
A year ago, I did a new PC build to work with AMD’s Eyefinity Technology. I was watching videos of people playing my favorite games on multiple screens and I was drooling… a lot. It took me a few days to research what components I needed since this was going to be my first custom PC build. Here is a list of components I came up with:
- Graphics card: XFX Radeon HD 7870
- Motherboard: ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
- Processor: Intel i5-2500k Sandy Bridge
- Power: Cooler Master GX Series 650W
- HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
- SSD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB
- Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB
- Case: Antec Nine Hundred
- Monitors: 3x 24″ Asus VE248Q
- Monitor stand: Ergotech Triple Horizontal
At the time, I was playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and it ran great! Not that it was a huge resource hog but I was no longer “lagging” when playing. Before this new build, I was a using a Dell XPS 630i that I got in 2008. There was considerable lag, generally speaking. It was most noticeable and most frustrating when I played MW3. I would empty a full magazine into someone but I would still die. Watching the kill cam, what I saw was my enemy shooting and killing me, while I “didn’t” shoot and just stood there. And no, it wasn’t my internet because I am using the same internet right now as before and the game play is significantly better now.
Since this original draft (May 2012), I have taken it out of Eyefinity mode and just use the build like normal. The reason really is that COD: Black Ops 2 does not support multimonitor setups and the last time I checked, there was no real way to “fix” it. There is something called, Widescreen Fixer, but it warns that you could get banned for running it at widescreen since it’s considered a hack.
There were a lot of headaches associated with this Eyefinity setup. Almost every time after I ran the Windows Updates, it would screw up my Eyefinity desktop. It would take me out of it or do something wonky where I had to have it set up again. It wasn’t a significant effort but it was still very annoying. I wouldn’t recommend going Eyefinity until it becomes more mainstream or unless you like to tinker and troubleshoot issues. If you think this will work flawlessly, this is not for you.