Setting Up Your Ati Eyefinity A Step-by-step On Display Group Configuration

Are you wanting to learn to setup your Eyefinity monitors? What type of display arrangements can you make with Eyefinity? You can use the Duplicated (cloned) mode to replicate one desktop on several screens. Laptop users do this all of the time for presentations. Alternatively, Extended mode lets one span one workspace across various screens, a grouping AMD calls a single large surface.

At its simplest, Eyefinity lets you do basic dual-screen setups, just as you could with a classic dual-output card. Screens can be set in 2×1 landscape, 2×1 portrait, or 1×2 landscape. Interestingly, AMD kept its eye on streamlining the consumer experience without limiting reasonable options. For instance, you wont find a 1×2 portrait group configuration because theres no frequent use scenario which supports such a tall, narrow display. Why muddle up the configuration UI with an selection for it? The equivalent 3 orientations apply for triple-screen viewing: 3×1 landscape, 3×1 portrait, and 1×3 landscape.

Moving up with 4 monitors, there exists only two formations presented: 4×1 landscape and 2×2 landscape. Any time you observe shots that include this 3×1 portrait Battle Forge example, you have to speculate, OK, why not 4×1 or 5×1 portrait? Apparently, AMDs exploration led them to decide that the number of people who may employ such a form didnt justify including the option in the driver. And curiously, there in fact are no five-screen modes.

For six monitors, there is only the 3×2 landscape option.

Now, what weve described here are the choices for display groups. One could also make Extended groups. These are essentially separate desktop spaces that can run alongside your primary display group. You can observe a number of examples throughout the image below. You may make use of a 3×1 portrait display group of 24″ displays on your desk but possess a separate 19″ extended monitor mounted to the wall for IM applications and perhaps another 15″ extended screen (creating 3 groups total) for showing system temps, fan speeds, overclocking tools, and so on.

Carrying on ATI custom, AMD continues to use the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) rather than a distinct program for setting options and running all Eyefinity operations. Lets say that CCC auto-detects that you have three screens hooked up. These will show up in a row along the bottom area of the UI as disabled displays until you enable them. When you right-click a disabled screen, youll have options to use that display as a clone, make it the new active monitor other than another, or expand a desktop onto it. Alternatively, pulling up the properties for that desktop group lets you select the complete desktop resolution, color bit depth, rotation, and the refresh rate. The workable resolutions shown as choices are based around the resolution modes for your screens as detected by the software.

One of your number one tasks will be to establish a monitor group by going to the CCCs menu bar, clicking Graphics, choosing Desktops & Displays, right-clicking on the primary monitor displayed and selecting Display Group > Create Group. If you would like a group in portrait orientation, youll have to begin by rotating your first screen, then creating the group.

When you have three or additional displays in a group, employ the Select Layout option to choose a display group configuration. AMDs drivers are smart enough to only show selection choices that are doable for your number of connected screens. The CCC has a clever shortcut in when one pick a group configuration that matches the number of available displays, the drivers will automatically select all of the screens and lump them into a group for you.

In AMDs marketing, youll find that all of the displays shown in a display group are of the same model. In the real world, this isnt likely to be the situation. Youll possibly have a mix of new and old displays you want to bridle into a group and/or extended groups. You can use monitors with different resolutions, however Eyefinity shall force all screens in a display group into the lowest general resolution and orientation. Extended groups can be diverse resolutions, yet obviously your main display group is the chief concern. As youre required to work with the lowest general denominator between the screens, that’s why its always best to have the main display group comprised of like screens.

If youve ever created a multi-monitor config in the past, you know what a headache it can be to figure out which screen plugs into which port thats seen as a given screen number by the driver, all of which you have to track so you can play musical screens in the UI until the screens flow throughout the order you want. Eyefinity remedies that disorder with a different wizard that runs for each different display group. In the UIs primary region, youll see a grid representing the monitor configuration. Your displays will black out, then the wizard will turn one blue. Just click within the grid cell for your highlighted monitor. The wizard does the rest, and you have a very good completely configured group in mere seconds.