How to Configure Multiple Monitors Using an AMD Eyefinity Graphics Adapter

Summary: Steps for setting up multiple monitors with the AMD Eyefinity graphics adapter.

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Article Summary: This article explains what AMD Eyefinity Technology is and how to configure the displays to achieve multiple displays (3 or more) on a single Graphics adapter.


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What is AMD Eyefinity Technology?

AMD Eyefinity is a technology by AMD for it is line of advanced graphics adapters. AMD Eyefinity technology for the AMD (Formerly ATI) Radeon HD 5400 series and newer High Definition graphics adapters that are configured with DisplayPort (DP) technology. Support for three or more monitor outputs from a SINGLE graphics adapter, "active" DisplayPort adapters (dongles) or monitors with direct DisplayPort input connections must be used. (Dell U-Series Displays all have DisplayPort input connections.)

Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, or Linux are required in order to support more than two displays per graphics adapter. Eyefinity configurations are not supported in Microsoft Windows XP and earlier operating systems.


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What Graphics Adapters Support AMD Eyefinity?

Dell has several models of AMD Graphics Adapters available that support Eyefinity technology. The list includes but is not limited to the following graphics adapters:

  • AMD Radeon HD 6670 - DisplayPort(1) VGA(1) DVI(1)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7770 - HDMI(1) DVI(1) DisplayPort(1)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 - HDMI(1) DVI(1) Mini-DisplayPort (2)
  • AMD FirePro V7900 - DisplayPort (4)
  • AMD FirePro V5900 - DisplayPort (2) DVI-I(1)
  • AMD FirePro V7800 - DisplayPort (2) DVI-I(1)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 - HDMI(1) DVI(2) DisplayPort (1) (Dual DVI is Default)
  • AMD FirePro W2100 - DisplayPort (2)
  • AMD FirePro W4100 - Mini-DisplayPort (4) With DP 1.2 MST (6)
  • AMD FirePro W5100 - DisplayPort (4) With DP 1.2 MST (6)

NVIDIA-based graphics adapters alone support only 2 displays per graphics adapter. For NVIDIA to support 3 or more displays. A second graphics adapter (Either a matching second NVIDIA card or an Intel adapter in a system whose BIOS supports OPTIMUS) is required. Systems with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics can support one analog display (VGA or the notebook internal LCD) and 2 DP connections (No adapters supported).


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Requirements for Setting up AMD Eyefinity

  • AMD compatible graphics card.
  • Compatible monitors
  • Video or Display Cables
    • DisplayPort cable (at least 1 monitor must be connected using DisplayPort).
      The DisplayPort cable must be an Active Display Cable (as recommended by ATI) for using 3 monitors. Using any other type of display cable other than the ones listed below may result in being unable to use the third monitor.

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How do I Configure Displays with an AMD Eyefinity Graphics Adapter?

AMD Eyefinity technology embraces the functionality of the DisplayPort. Combined with a MAXIMUM of 2 Legacy display connections.
 

SLN130078_en_US__1icon NOTE: In ALL Eyefinity configurations, HDMI connections are considered a LEGACY device along with VGA and DVI. Regardless of the number of connections available on the graphics card, only two (2) LEGACY connections and be used in an Eyefinity capable card configuration.


AMD defines legacy graphics as the following:

 

  • Video Graphics Array (VGA)
  • Digital Video Interface (DVI)
  • High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
The chart below indicates examples of possible monitor configurations for an AMD FirePro V5900 graphics adapter that is equipped with a single DVI and 2 DP connections.

 
3 Display Configuration DVI Port Connection DisplayPort 1 Connection DisplayPort 2 Connection AMD Eyefinity
Option-1 DVI Cable DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Yes
Option-2 DVI Cable DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Passive Adapter Yes
Option-3 DVI Cable Passive Adapter DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Yes
Option-4 DVI Cable Passive Adapter Passive Adapter No
Option-5 DVI > VGA Adapter DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Yes
Option-6 DVI > VGA Adapter DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Passive Adapter Yes
Option-7 DVI > VGA Adapter Passive Adapter DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Yes
Option-8 DVI > VGA Adapter Passive Adapter Passive Adapter No


The chart below indicates examples of possible monitor configurations for an AMD Radeon HD 6670 graphics adapter that is equipped with a single DVI, VGA, and DP connections.

 
3 Display Configuration DVI Port Connection VGA Port Connection DisplayPort Connection AMD Eyefinity
Option-1 DVI Cable VGA Cable DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Yes
Option-2 DVI Cable VGA Cable Passive Adapter No
Option-3 DVI Cable VGA Cable DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Yes
Option-4 DVI > VGA Adapter VGA Cable DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Yes
Option-5 DVI > VGA Adapter VGA Cable Passive Adapter No
Option-6 DVI > VGA Adapter VGA Cable DisplayPort Cable or Active Adapter Yes

This chart indicates resolution and adapter options available for AMD Eyefinity configurations:
 
Connection Type Max Resolution Active Adapter Part # Passive Adapter Part #
DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable 2560 x 1600 Dell Part Number RN698 Not Applicable
DisplayPort to DVI-D Dual-link Adapter 2560 x 1600 Dell Part Number XT625 Not Applicable
DisplayPort to DVI-D Single-link Adapter 1920 x 1200 AMD Dell Part Number 23NVR
DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter 1920 x 1200 Not Applicable Dell Part Number TK041
DisplayPort to VGA Adapter 1920 x 1200 Dell Part Number RN699 Not Applicable

The Dell Part Number adapters are available via the Dell website, or they can be purchased through Dell Sales or Technical Support.


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How to Set up AMD Eyefinity using Catalyst Control Center?

Setting up your monitors to take full advantage of AMD Eyefinity technology requires you to first Create an Eyefinity Group and Arranging the Displays.

Creating an Eyefinity Group

  1. Connect each monitor to an output from the graphics card. At least one monitor must be connected using a display port connection. Shown below is an ATI 5970HD Graphics Adapter with 3 monitors (Figure 1).
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    Figure 1: 1 DisplayPort Cable and 2 DVI Cables that are connected to the ATI 5970HD Graphics Adapter.
     
  2. Power on the computer and all the monitors.
  3. Open the Catalyst Control Center application (If not available, you must install the AMD Graphics Driver).
  4. Click Desktops & Display in the graphics menu of Catalyst Control Center (Figure 2).
    SLN130078_en_US__3I_AMD_CCC_Desktops_and_Displays_TM_V1
    Figure 2: Catalyst Control Center.
     
  5. Click Detect Displays to ensure that all the three monitors are getting detected by your computer (Figure 3).
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    Figure 3: Detect Displays.
     
  6. Right-click on each monitor icon at the bottom of the window and select Duplicate (Figure 4).
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    Figure 4: Duplicate Display.
     
  7. In the middle of the window, Right-click on the monitor icon, go to Display Group, and select Create Group (Figure 5).
    SLN130078_en_US__6I_AMD_CCC_Create_Group_TM_V1
    Figure 5: Create Group.
     
  8. In the new window, select the appropriate layout of the monitors as required (Figure 6).
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    Figure 6: Select Layout.
     

Arranging the Displays

To arrange the displays in your groups, the Catalyst Control Center will help you arrange the display surfaces as required in your display group.
Once the group is created, Catalyst Control Center starts the wizard. If the arrangement is already correct, click Yes. Other wise click No and follow these instructions.
  1. Right-click on any of the 3 monitors displayed in the group, go to Display Group, and select Arrange (Figure 7).
    SLN130078_en_US__8I_AMD_CCC_Eyefinity_Arrange_TM_V1
    Figure 7: Arranging the display group.
     
  2. One of your monitors should now become active and will turn from black to blue. Click the corresponding monitor in the display group (Figure 8 & 9).
    SLN130078_en_US__9I_AMD_CCC_Eyefinity_Blue_Screen_TM_V1
    Figure 8: Arranging the displays.

    SLN130078_en_US__10I_AMD_CCC_Eyefinity_Select_Monitor_TM_V1
    Figure 9: Arrange the remaining monitors.
     
  3. Repeat Step 2 for the remaining two monitors.
  4. Click Done.

To change the resolution of the display group, click the triangle icon on the display group and select Properties. This will bring up the Catalyst Control Center Desktop Properties.

If you have further questions about this article, contact Dell Technical Support.

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10 Apr 2021

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