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FreeSync FAQFAQ

​As of 12 December, 2014, the following monitors will be compatible with AMD FreeSync technology:​

  • Samsung UE590 23.6"/UltraHD (March 2015)
  • Samsung UE590 28"/UltraHD (March 2015)
  • Samsung UE850 23.6"/UltraHD (March 2015)
  • Samsung UE850 27"/UltraHD (March 2015)
  • Samsung UE850 21.5"/UltraHD (March 2015)
Additional vendors and displays will be announced circa CES 2015.
1.028412/12/2014 2:31 PM
  
AMD CrossFire™ FAQFAQ

​Please refer to the troubleshooting steps in "I do not see any AMD CrossFire™ option in the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center?" FAQ​

2.024011/21/2014 8:47 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​Absolutely. In fact, connecting an HDTV to an AMD graphics product is really no different than connecting a monitor.

AMD recommends that you connect the HDTV via HDMI. If you wish to connect an HDTV in addition to multiple monitors, then:

  1. The first non-TV display may be connected to any output (HDMI, DVI, VGA, DP).
  2. The TV should be connected to HDMI.
  3. The remaining displays must be connected to the GPU's DisplayPort outputs. You may use active DisplayPort adapters if these remaining displays don't natively offer support for DisplayPort.
1.028311/19/2014 10:23 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​On the hardware level, each graphics chip we manufacture is equipped with the ability to support a certain maximum number of displays. The graphics chip is then connected to display outputs (like DVI or DisplayPort), which allow you to physically connect displays. The number and type of display outputs will vary based upon the product and its display output configuration.

On the software side, the AMD Catalyst™ driver suite is the one-stop shop for configuring the way your connected displays actually behave. From configuring the orientation to combining their resolutions (more on that later), AMD Catalyst™ makes it easy to get multiple displays up and running.

2.028011/19/2014 10:21 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​Many people have never noticed, but the rear face of many monitors offer four threaded holes to receive bolts. These aren't random: they're VESA MIS-D 100 or VESA MIS-D 75 mounting holes. These two technical standards are what allow people to buy off-the-shelf wall mounts and stands that quickly and easily fit any TV or monitor.

To that point, XFX makes a fantastic triple monitor stand built specifically with AMD Eyefinity technology in mind. Supporting three displays up to 24", it has adjustable arms, a USB hub, cable management, and audio ports. The great thing about this stand is that the part that sits on your desk isn't a whole lot bigger than a single monitor, which makes it perfect for folks with limited desk space.

1.027911/19/2014 10:20 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​AMD Eyefinity technology is a solution developed by AMD that allows consumers to run up to six simultaneous displays off of a single graphics card. This is a unique feature of AMD graphics products that cannot be found on any other consumer graphics solution at this time.

More importantly for consumers, AMD Eyefinity technology is not a feature we reserve for our most expensive products. Indeed, AMD Eyefinity technology is available on more than 45 consumer and professional-grade products. These products cover a very large spectrum of prices, giving you the flexibility to find the solution that you need.

1.027411/19/2014 10:15 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​Offering and supporting a relatively new display output standard is not without its growing pains. Like DVI and HDMI when they were new, it will take time for the ecosystem of DisplayPort-compatible products to mature.

In the meantime, AMD has worked very closely with its partners to introduce inexpensive active adapters that will let you connect DVI displays with resolutions up to 1920x1200 to a DisplayPort output.

As DVI is the primary connector type for today's LCD monitors, these adapters will help bridge the gap for users looking to migrate to the superior DisplayPort standard without breaking the bank on new monitors. And for users looking to add a few additional monitors to enable AMD Eyefinity technology, the adapters permit any DVI monitor to do the job.​

1.027311/19/2014 10:14 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​AMD Eyefinity technology support was introduced in 2009, and that support has expanded to dozens of products across the AMD Radeon™ Graphics and AMD FirePro™ Professional Graphics lines.

To learn more about the AMD Eyefinity technology capabilities of the products in these families, please visit their respective product pages. Each product page details the available display connectors and the maximum number of displays supported on AMD's reference design.

1.027111/19/2014 10:11 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​With the introduction of AMD Eyefinity technology in 2009, we also introduced the first implementation of DisplayPort for consumer graphics. DisplayPort connections not only allow a single graphics card to inexpensively support a large number of monitors simultaneously, but support them in a compact area—perfect for a GPU!

For many technological reasons (PDF), DisplayPort is also a superior alternative to the same old connections (HDMI, VGA, DVI) that we've been using for a long time. For example, DisplayPort can deliver stereoscopic 3D content—like 3D games or Blu-ray—but at a much higher resolution and frame rate than either DVI or HDMI can provide. As another example, AMD products that feature DisplayPort 1.2 outputs can actually run several displays from just one port. This feature requires specialized display hubs (available 4Q10/1Q11), but DVI and HDMI can't do that!

For all of these reasons and more, the designs from AMD and our partners have begun to include a number of DisplayPort connections.​

1.026911/19/2014 10:09 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​When AMD designs a new family of AMD Radeon™ graphics products, we define a certain set of parts, materials and specifications that add up to a standard, or reference, design. This reference design makes it easy for the partner companies that actually sell our products—such as Sapphire, XFX or ASUS—to manufacture them.

When you buy an AMD Radeon™ graphics product that follows the reference design from one of these companies, you can be sure its specifications match what we describe in our product pages.

 

An AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 GPU using the official reference design from AMD.

However, partner companies don’t necessarily have to follow the reference design for a given product. These companies can often manufacture custom designs that offer different display output configurations, new cooling or tuned performance.

As an example, the Sapphire FleX HD 7950 uses a unique chip and an included adapter to easily connect a third DVI display to the card’s HDMI port. This pre-packaged “simplifies” AMD Eyefinity technology by providing everything a user needs right out of the box.

Radeon_HD_6850_350W.jpg 

The SAPPHIRE FleX HD 7950, a non-reference design, is built for AMD Eyefinity technology: new cooling and an included adapter allow this product to support three DVI monitors out of the box.

Innovative designs like the Sapphire FleX HD 7950 demonstrate not only the creativity of our partners, but the flexibility we’ve built into AMD Eyefinity technology. In other words, non-reference designs can make it even easier to find and configure an AMD Eyefinity technology solution that meets your needs.

When it comes to AMD FirePro™ professional graphics products, however, you should know that third-party manufacturers do not produce solutions on AMD’s behalf. All AMD FirePro™ professional graphics products adhere to the reference designs detailed on our site.​

2.026711/19/2014 10:09 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​In traditional multi-monitor setups, any piece of an object moving from one monitor to the next is simply chopped off and moved, regardless of how small that piece may be. For example, a small piece of a character's armor might reach the edge of one display, resulting in the armor appearing to "jump" crudely to the next display.

bezel_example_650W 


 

Notice how the edge of this character's shield does not transition to another monitor as a player would expect. Bezel compensation corrects for this jarring visual anomaly.

This chopping may also cause objects to become misaligned as they pass between displays. That piece of armor on the next display may be positioned higher or lower than the player would expect it to be, and that effect can compromise the immersion of the game.

Bezel compensation remedies these issues by treating the plastic frame of your displays as an object that games and applications merely pass behind. The effect is subtle, but impressive: objects are no longer interrupted by the bezel, and remain aligned when passing from one display to the next.

For a visual example of this technology, consider this 10-minute primer video by Widescreen Gaming Forum.​

2.026611/19/2014 10:07 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​There are many ways to configure your monitors for SLS mode in AMD Eyefinity technology, but the three below are the most common. Other supported modes include 2x2 landscape, 3x1 portrait, and 5x1 landscape. Please note that 5x1 Landscape and Portrait became officially-support AMD Eyefinity modes with AMD Catalyst™ 11.10 in October, 2011.

3x1 Landscape

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5x1 Portrait

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3x2 Landscape

3x2_Landscape_Eyefinity_Setup_650W.jpg
1.026411/19/2014 10:04 AM
  
AMD Eyefinity FAQFAQ

Display outputs are the ports on the back of your graphics card, which can accept a connection with a monitor. The following pictures illustrate the outputs you might find on an AMD graphics product:

Digital Visual Interface (DVI) DVI
DisplayPort (DP) DP
Mini DisplayPort (mDP) mDP
High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) HDMI
Video Graphics Array (VGA) VGA
3.0411/18/2014 8:28 PM
  
AMD Eyefinity FAQFAQ

It's partially true. AMD Eyefinity technology is a brand name that actually describes three distinct functions:

  1. Hardware support for three or more monitors attached to a single graphics card.
  2. Software support to independently configure and run each of those displays.
  3. And software support to combine the resolutions of all of those displays into one big resolution.

At a basic level, many users like AMD Eyefinity technology for the first reason: connecting more than two displays is no longer a challenge as it has been in the past. And whether you run Linux, Microsoft® Windows® or Mac OS®, each operating system works seamlessly with AMD's hardware/software to connect and configure multiple displays.

Assuming for a moment that you never perform any additional configuration once the monitors are connected, these displays are running in what's called "extended mode." Monitors do not have to be the same size or resolution in this mode, and you should feel free to rearrange your games and applications across the extended displays as you see fit.

The primary drawback to extended displays is that a game or video cannot readily be maximized to take advantage of all the displays at the same time, which is where AMD Eyefinity technology's SLS mode steps in.

Single Large Surface (SLS) mode is activated when you create an AMD Eyefinity technology display group in the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center. SLS mode combines the resolutions of all the connected displays, and then essentially "tricks" the operating system into believing that there is one display with that large combined resolution. 

5x1_Landscape_Eyefinity_DA2_650W.jpg


 

Dragon Age II in AMD Eyefinity technology 5x1 portrait mode. Spanning the game to all five monitors would not be possible without SLS.

While SLS mode does not require all monitors to be of the same resolution, SLS mode will force each monitor to match the smallest resolution on any of the displays you're combining. For example, a 1680x1050 monitor paired with two 1920x1200 monitors will force the 1920x1200 monitors to 1680x1050 before they're combined for a final SLS resolution of 5040x1050. For this reason, we do strongly encourage all monitors to have, at the very least, the same resolution. Provided you meet this technical requirement, we think you'll find the effect of SLS to be absolutely breathtaking.

Seeing is believing, though, and this interactive demo shows just how much you're missing in the games we've validated if you're playing on just one monitor. Even many of the games we haven't validated also look great with AMD Eyefinity technology! 

The same demo also shows how users can be more productive in a professional environment with an AMD Eyefinity technology on an AMD FirePro™ professional graphics solution.

But AMD Eyefinity technology isn't just about games. The prestigious market research firm, IDC, has shown (PDF) that workers are more productive when equipped with a multi-display solution like AMD Eyefinity technology.  Even with SLS mode enabled, each display can be treated like an independent monitor with the AMD HydraVision™ software.

So, whether you choose SLS or extended displays, the versatility of AMD Eyefinity technology virtually ensures that there will be a solution to help you work smarter and game harder.​

2.01311/18/2014 8:24 PM
  
AMD Eyefinity FAQFAQ

There are many ways to configure your monitors for SLS mode in AMD Eyefinity technology, but the three below are the most common. Other supported modes include 2x2 landscape, 3x1 portrait, and 5x1 landscape. Please note that 5x1 Landscape and Portrait became officially-support AMD Eyefinity modes with AMD Catalyst™ 11.10 in October, 2011.

3x1 Landscape

3x1_Landscape_Eyefinity_Setup_650W.jpg

5x1 Portrait

5x1_Landscape_Eyefinity_Setup_650W.jpg

3x2 Landscape

3x2_Landscape_Eyefinity_Setup_650W.jpg
2.01611/18/2014 8:23 PM
  
AMD Eyefinity FAQFAQ

Not at all. Products like the Asus HD 7970 DirectCU II or ATI FirePro™ V9800 support up to 6 displays without any need for DisplayPort 1.2-compatible hubs or monitors. These manufacturers have designed unique solutions with additional DisplayPort outputs, which obviate the need for such equipment.

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The ATI FirePro™ V9800 GPU has six mini-DisplayPort outputs, supporting up to six simultaneous displays.

2.01211/18/2014 8:21 PM
  
AMD Eyefinity FAQFAQ

In traditional multi-monitor setups, any piece of an object moving from one monitor to the next is simply chopped off and moved, regardless of how small that piece may be. For example, a small piece of a character's armor might reach the edge of one display, resulting in the armor appearing to "jump" crudely to the next display.

bezel_example_650W


 

Notice how the edge of this character's shield does not transition to another monitor as a player would expect. Bezel compensation corrects for this jarring visual anomaly.

This chopping may also cause objects to become misaligned as they pass between displays. That piece of armor on the next display may be positioned higher or lower than the player would expect it to be, and that effect can compromise the immersion of the game.

Bezel compensation remedies these issues by treating the plastic frame of your displays as an object that games and applications merely pass behind. The effect is subtle, but impressive: objects are no longer interrupted by the bezel, and remain aligned when passing from one display to the next.

For a visual example of this technology, consider this 10-minute primer video by Widescreen Gaming Forum.

2.01511/18/2014 8:20 PM
  
AMD Eyefinity FAQFAQ

When AMD designs a new family of AMD Radeon™ graphics products, we define a certain set of parts, materials and specifications that add up to a standard, or reference, design. This reference design makes it easy for the partner companies that actually sell our products—such as Sapphire, XFX or ASUS—to manufacture them.

When you buy an AMD Radeon™ graphics product that follows the reference design from one of these companies, you can be sure its specifications match what we describe in our product pages.

 

An AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 GPU using the official reference design from AMD.

However, partner companies don’t necessarily have to follow the reference design for a given product. These companies can often manufacture custom designs that offer different display output configurations, new cooling or tuned performance.

As an example, the Sapphire FleX HD 7950 uses a unique chip and an included adapter to easily connect a third DVI display to the card’s HDMI port. This pre-packaged “simplifies” AMD Eyefinity technology by providing everything a user needs right out of the box.

Radeon_HD_6850_350W.jpg 

The SAPPHIRE FleX HD 7950, a non-reference design, is built for AMD Eyefinity technology: new cooling and an included adapter allow this product to support three DVI monitors out of the box.

Innovative designs like the Sapphire FleX HD 7950 demonstrate not only the creativity of our partners, but the flexibility we’ve built into AMD Eyefinity technology. In other words, non-reference designs can make it even easier to find and configure an AMD Eyefinity technology solution that meets your needs.

When it comes to AMD FirePro™ professional graphics products, however, you should know that third-party manufacturers do not produce solutions on AMD’s behalf. All AMD FirePro™ professional graphics products adhere to the reference designs detailed on our site.

2.0611/18/2014 8:19 PM
  
AMD Eyefinity FAQFAQ

As previously indicated, AMD graphics solutions equipped with DisplayPort 1.2 outputs can actually run multiple monitors from a single port. 

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This feature is called Multi-Stream Transport, or MST, and it allows a single cable from the graphics card to carry the signal for multiple monitors. Taking advantage of this feature requires one of two things:

  • A DisplayPort 1.2 MST-capable hub, which connects to the graphics card's DisplayPort output on one end, and provides multiple monitor connections on the other.
  • Or DisplayPort 1.2 MST-capable monitors, which allow a user to daisy chain monitors together, with the final monitor connecting to the graphics card.

Using DisplayPort 1.2 MST, a user can connect up to six displays to a single port on many AMD Radeon™ graphics and AMD FirePro™ professional graphics products. For more information on DisplayPort 1.2, and multi-stream transport, please consider reading ourDisplayPort whitepaper (PDF).

Using an MST-capable hub for multiple displays

We have recently published a knowledgebase article that will walk you through the process of configuring multiple displays. Please visit that page for a list of supporting products, as well as general configuration advice.

Please note that DisplayPort 1.2 MST hubs are also beginning to reach the market through AMD technology partners like Club3D and Bizlink.

DisplayPort 1.2 MST hubs allow for a single cable to connect multiple displays to a single DisplayPort output on an AMD Radeon™ graphics card.

Using MST-capable monitors for multiple displays

Recently, manufacturers have been releasing monitors that can connect to one another in a "daisychain" configuration that ultimately links back to the graphics card. This dasychaining permits each monitor to supply the display signal for the next monitor in the chain, with several displays connecting to one display output on the GPU. Monitors that feature this technology include the Dell U2413U2713HU2913WM and U3014.

To configure displays such as these, please visit our new knowledgebase article that outlines specific configuration steps, as well as system requirements.

Using MST-capable displays, such as these Dell U2413 panels, allows for several daisychained monitors to be connected to the graphics card with a single DisplayPort cable.

2.01111/18/2014 8:17 PM
  
Audio Configuration and SetupFAQ

​It is recommended to use HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 cables for direct connection to the HDTV, monitor (with speakers), or audio receiver.  If using an audio receiver, it is recommended to use the cables supplied by the audio receiver manufacturer. ​

1.026111/18/2014 7:54 PM
  
Audio Configuration and SetupFAQ

The AMD High Definition Audio Device signal is passed through the HDMI and DisplayPort (including mini DisplayPort) connections on the graphics card. 

Some graphics card can support HD audio via the DVI port by using a DVI-HDMI adapter.  This adapter may be included with the graphics card if it supports this option.  Please refer to the graphics card user manual for more information.  

If an AMD APU product is being used, the audio output connections available are based on the motherboard design.  ​

1.026011/18/2014 7:54 PM
  
Audio Configuration and SetupFAQ

Please refer to knowledgebase article GPU-70 for step by step instruction on how to enable and configure the AMD High Definition Audio device.

1.025911/18/2014 7:53 PM
  
Audio Configuration and SetupFAQ

The AMD Radeon HD 2000 – HD 7800 series graphics card can output one audio stream at a time.  The AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 and newer supports Discrete Digital Multi-Point Audio (DDMA) technology which can simultaneously output up to three independent audio streams at a time.  More information about DDMA can be found here.

1.025811/18/2014 7:52 PM
  
Audio Configuration and SetupFAQ

Once you have downloaded the compatible software suite from the AMD driver download page, simply double click on the executable file to begin installation. For information on how to install AMD Catalyst™ drivers on a Windows® based system, please refer to knowledgebase article: GPU-507

1.025711/18/2014 7:52 PM
  
Audio Configuration and SetupFAQ

The AMD Catalyst™ software suite is packaged with the driver for the AMD High Definition Audio Device.  To download the latest AMD Catalyst software please visit: www.amd.com/drivers.

2.025611/18/2014 7:51 PM
  
Audio Configuration and SetupFAQ

Graphics cards that are in the AMD Radeon™ HD, Radeon R9, Radeon R7, Radeon R5 family have built in support for AMD High Definition Audio.

1.025511/18/2014 7:49 PM
  
AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center FAQFAQ

​Please ensure that the system meets the AMD CrossFire™ requirements and that it is setup and configured properly to support AMD CrossFire.  Refer to the FAQ "How do I setup AMD CrossFire™ on my system" for more information.​

2.025111/4/2014 11:59 AM
  
AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center FAQFAQ

This issue may be caused by installing an AMD Catalyst™ Software version that does not support your graphics card.  Please uninstall the current display driver and use the AMD Driver Autodetect Tool to identify your AMD graphics card to find the latest compatible AMD Catalyst™ driver.  The AMD Driver Autodetect Tool provides an option for installing the driver after downloading is complete.

2.025011/4/2014 11:59 AM
  
AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center FAQFAQ

​In the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center, under the Performance tab there is an option for changing the clock and fan speed.  You must enable AMD OverDrive™ and agree to the terms and conditions for this feature to become available.

If the manufacturer has customized settings for the card, the option for changing these settings may be disabled in AMD OverDrive™.  In this case, please use the performance tweaking software provided by the graphics card manufacturer.

1.025411/4/2014 11:58 AM
  
AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center FAQFAQ

The make of the integrated graphics processor should be listed in the Windows® Device Manager under Display Adapters.

If the device is listed as Unknown or Standard VGA Controller please check with the system/motherboard manufacturer for information about the integrated graphics processor.​

2.025311/4/2014 11:57 AM
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