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Displayport doomed? Sapphire scientists serve notice

EyeFinity is the really neat trick that ATI Radeon HD 5000 series cards bring to the market. Forget simply stretching your desktop – why not actually support monster resolutions like 5760×1080 straight out of the box and let the gamers enjoy wrap-round, immersive shoot-em ups? KitGuru spies snuck into a Sapphire ‘special zone’ at Computex’s Nangang Hall and saw some stunning sights.

Until now, if you wanted EyeFinity, you had to invest in Displayport screen technology. Problem was that only a handful of monitor companies actually saw value in Displayport and the existing offers are not cheap.

HDMI works, but everytime you use it – you need to send money to Sony. If there’s one thing that KitGuru has learned over the years, no one in Taiwan enjoys sending money to Sony. Displayport provides all of HDMI’s functionality without the need for a royalty payment.

EyeFinity has problems with regular graphic card ports. Displays need to be timed perfectly. With existing ATI/nVidia cards, there are not enough clocks to go round. Without enough clocks, nothing works properly. The work around for EyeFinity was to use the standard DVI outputs for 2 screens and then plug in a Displayport monitor as the 3rd unit. That negated the clock issue. But hardly any KitGuru readers have Displayport. Bummer.

Sapphire scientists to the rescue!

By re-engineering a key part of the output mechanism, Sapphire can now offer a neat and exclusive solution. Each port on the back of these new Sapphire graphic cards can display part of the EyeFinity picture. With 4 ports on your card – you can support 4 screens. Excellent.

Now for the hot pics of the cool kit…

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3D cables everywhere - not a Displayport in sight
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KitGuru spies overheard Zalman experts claiming this is a first public outing for the new display. Who are we to argue?

KitGuru says: We’re left cold by the 4th screen, but running games across 3 monitors is fantastic.  Well played Sapphire. With one of these new cards, you can pick up three 22″ Iiyama 1080p screens for ~£450 and make all your mates jealous. For those with even more cash to splash, check out the new Zalman 3D screens that will be available soon. These offer full-on 3D surround gaming for ATI cards. Our spies have seen it. Our spies have used it. Our spies say it works. Nuff said.

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  • Trev

    wow this fairly opens the door if its right !

  • bob

    thank god, I hate displayport. HDMI and DVI FTW!

  • derek

    what a great read, even if its not 100% right, its interesting as hell to find out Sapphire are doing things like this.

  • dorin drenithe

    great article thanks guys, loving the computex coverage, best on the net right now

  • frederik

    wow this is mega intresting. how COOL WOULD THIS BE !

  • Trevor

    Is this for real? sounds like displayport might be doomed if its true.

  • Mick

    Sapphire must have some engineering skills if they reengineered this from the ground up, really impressive

  • Trey Cool

    Shit, all I can say. just shit.

  • Ronson

    There was a rumour of this a while ago, but I had no idea it was sapphire behind it. thats amazing news. Cant wait to see what happens.

  • Alex

    4 screens? I wish ! in my dreams

  • faith

    3 jumbo screens for the complete 5760×1080 pr0n experience wethinks 😉

  • yappy

    As a pc gamer i never did understand the appeal of a multi monitor setup.People go on about image quality,which i guess is the point of high resolutions? But using a large display such as a 1920×1080 lcd tv gives better image quality than any milti monitor setup as far as i`m concerned.How so? you reply.Well for 1 there are no huge black bezel bars running all over the picture which automatically gives it a better image in my mind.Or do you ignore that aspect and pretend those bars aren`t blocking a lot of the picture and interfering with your vision?Multi monitors are a poor compromise.I want to see a 50″ super high resolution display for pc`s and none of this multi setup rubbish.

  • KusariNinja

    I’m a pc gamer and I have a 3 screen setup on my HD6970. I only use the primary 24″ 1920×1080 monitor for gaming itself but the 2 22″ side screens i use for other tasks too. As I use my computer for work as well as gaming I could not be without the extra screens.