Setting Up and Configuring Multiple Displays to Run in AMD Eyefinity Mode

Article Number: DH-014

​This document provides information and step-by-step instructions on how to set up and configure AMD Eyefinity.  The contents of this document are organized into the following sections:

AMD Eyefinity Overview

AMD Eyefinity technology allows two or more displays to be combined into a single large desktop.  When displays are combined together the desktop resolution and workspace area increase per the number of displays in the group, with each display showing a portion of the desktop.  The final resolution is the horizontal and/or vertical sum of the individual monitors.

For example: Three 1920x1080 displays arranged in a horizontal 3x1 AMD Eyefinity mode would create a desktop area of 5760x1080.

Note! 

    • AMD Eyefinity is currently supported on Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
    • Only one AMD Eyefinity group can be created per graphics card.
    • An AMD Eyefinity group cannot span across multiple graphics cards.

More information about AMD Eyefinity can be found here: Multi-Display Eyefinity Technology   
  
​Setting Up AMD Eyefinity Using Quick Setup

The fastest way to create an AMD Eyefinity group is to use the Quick Setup option.  This option is ideal for displays that are equal in size and resolution.  AMD Radeon Setting will automatically create the Eyefinity group based on the order of the connected displays.

In this example, Quick Setup is used to create a 3x1 AMD Eyefinity group.

Open AMD Radeon Settings. This can be done in any of the following ways:

          1. Right click on your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings

          2. Click on the Radeon Settings icon in the System Tray


In the Eyefinity section there are two options available:

          1. Quick Setup - Automatically create an AMD Eyefinity group

          2. Advanced Setup – Allows full customization of the AMD Eyefinity group.  This is covered in the Setting Up AMD Eyefinity Using Advance Setup section of this document

Once the display group has been created, the following options will be made available:

              1. Discard – Removes the display group and revert to the previous display configuration

              2. Arrange Displays –Adjust the position of each display in the AMD Eyefinity display group

              3. Try Advanced Setup – Additional display group settings.  Refer to the Setting Up AMD Eyefinity Using Advanced Setup section of the document.

If the mouse does not move as expected across the displays, use the Arrange Displays option to specify the physical placement of the displays.

          1. Within the AMD Eyefinity section of AMDRadeonSettings, Click Arrange Displays

          2. The onscreen guide will show a grid representation of the display group and one of the physical display will have a blue background.  Click on the box in the grid that matches the location of the highlighted display.

            In this example, the display on the left has a blue background.  Click on the left most box in grid to confirm its position.

          3. Once the first displays position has been confirmed, another display will appear with a blue background.  Click on the box in the grid that matches the physical position of the display.  This process continues depending on the number of displays used in the group.  However, the last display's position will be applied automatically.

          4. The display arrangement is now complete, close Radeon Settings to exit.

Setting Up AMD Eyefinity Using Advanced Setup

The Advanced Setup option offers full customization when creating an AMD Eyefinity group, such as:

    • Arrange Eyefinity Display Group - Allows rearranging the displays in an AMD Eyefinity display group when the displays have been moved or the cables have been reconnected in a different order.
    • Mixed Alignment – Adjust the displays in an AMD Eyefinity group where the edges of adjacent displays do not line up with one another.
    • Mixed Dimensions – Adjust the displays in an AMD Eyefinity group where the displays have different sizes and orientation (portrait, landscape).
    • Bezel Compensation – Adjust the image to allow it to appear continuous across all displays in the AMD Eyefinity group, by compensating for the physical edges (bezels) of the displays.
    • Position Windows Task Bar – Adjust the Taskbar to stretch across all the displays in the AMD Eyefinity group or positioned on a selected display.

      In this example, Advanced Setup is used to create a 3x1 AMD Eyefinity group.
  1. Open AMD Radeon Settings. This can be done in any of the following ways:
            1. Right click on your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings

            2. Click on the Radeon Settings icon in the System Tray

            3. Select Radeon Settings from the Programs menu
  2. Click Eyefinity tab

  3. In the Eyefinity section there are two options available:

            1. Quick Setup - Automatically create an AMD Eyefinity group.  This is covered in the Setting Up AMD Eyefinity Using Quick Setup section of this document.

            2. Advanced Setup – Allows full customization of the AMD Eyefinity group.

  4. Click on Advanced Setup to create and customize an AMD Eyefinity display group.


    Note!
    If you have previously created an AMD Eyefinity display group, click Try Advanced Setup to customize the display group.

  5. If an AMD Eyefinity display group was previously created and the display arrangement does not require adjustment, click Use the current arrangement then click Next to continue customizing the display group.

    However, if a new AMD Eyefinity display group is being created, click Use a new arrangement and then click Next.

    Note! In the example above, a new AMD Eyefinity display group is being configured using 3 displays currently in Extended Desktop mode.
  6. The display device with an asterisk (*) in the top left corner is currently set as the main display – The display where the Windows Start button/menu is positioned.  To change this, click on the preferred display device and click Next.

    Note!  All but the main display will go blank during this step.  The Taskbar, programs icons, and any open applications will now appear on the main display.
  7. Select a layout for the AMD Eyefinity display group and click Next. In this example, a 3x1 display group is selected.

    Note! The layout options in the drop-down menu will vary depending on the number of displays connected.  A visual representation of each layout is displayed.
  8. Click StartArrangement, then click Next.

  9. The onscreen guide will show a grid representation of the display group and one of the physical display will have a blue background.  Click on the box in the grid that matches the location of the highlighted display.

  10. Once the first displays position has been confirmed, another display will appear with a blue background.  Click on the box in the grid that matches the physical position of the display.  This process continues depending on the number of displays used in the group.  However, the last display's position will be applied automatically.

  11. The "Arrangement is complete" message will be displayed.  Click Next to align the displays.

    Note!  If you made a mistake or want to rearrange the displays, click Restart arrangement
  12. To align the displays, use one of the following two options:

      1. Align All – All displays are aligned automatically based on the size, resolution, and the layout of the displays used in the AMD Eyefinity group.
      2. Align each display separately – Use the single or double arrows to align incrementally or align to the upper/lower limit, respectively.

        Note!  Guide lines will be appear on each display to show its current alignment to adjacent display(s).  In the example below, an alignment is being performed on a 3x1 AMD Eyefinity display group. 

  13. After display alignment is complete, click Next to complete and save the setup.

  14. In an AMD Eyefinity group consisting of displays with mixed dimensions (different sizes, resolutions, orientations), the AMD Eyefinity setup can be further customized to adjust the Desktop image shown across all displays.  The mixed dimension options include:

            1. Fill—Fill the entire area of each display with its portion of the Desktop. The Desktop may appear stretched on certain displays.
            2. Fit—Show the entire desktop across all displays without cropping or stretching the Desktop.  Certain areas of your displays may appear blank.
            3. Expand—Resize the Desktop to the height of the tallest display. This may lead to portions of the Desktop, including the Windows® Start menu and taskbar, appear cropped or missing on certain displays.

              Select the preferred mixed dimension, then click Next to complete and save the setup
  15. The AMD Eyefinity display group has now been created.
  16. An AMD Eyefinity display group can be further customized using the options listed in the Tasks section of the AMD Eyefinity menu.  These options include:
            1. Bezel Compensation - Adjust the image to allow it to appear continuous across all displays in the AMD Eyefinity group, by compensating for the physical edges (bezels) of the displays.
            2. Resize Desktop – When displays in an AMD Eyefinity display group are configured to use different resolutions, rotations, or alignments, the desktop image may appear stretched or cropped. You can change how the desktop image is shown across your displays by resizing it.
            3. Customize Eyefinity Desktop Resolution – Allows customizing the resolution of the AMD Eyefinity display group.
            4. Position Windows Taskbar - Adjust the Taskbar to stretch across all the displays in the AMD Eyefinity group or positioned on a selected display.

Optional AMD Eyefinity Settings

Depending on the AMD Eyefinity display group configuration, the following options may be useful.

Bezel Compensation
In an AMD Eyefinity group the edges (bezels) of the displays may cause the image on the displays to appear disjointed or not continuous across all or some of the displays.  To rectify this, use the AdjustBezel Compensation option. 

Note! This is option is available in the Radeon Additional Setting menu.  To access Radeon Additional Settings please refer to document:  How to Access Radeon Additional Settings for More Graphics Options.

In the Adjust Bezel Compensation mode use the Chevrons (arrow heads) to move the triangle (test pattern) until it is aligned.

Before


After


In this example, the adjustment is now complete for the first set of bezels in the AMD Eyefinity display group. Click on the directional arrow to repeat this step and adjust the next set of bezels.


When complete, click the X button and Yes to confirm and close the tool.

Resize Desktop

When displays in an AMD Eyefinity display group are configured to use different resolutions, rotations, or alignments, the desktop image may appear stretched or cropped. You can change how the desktop image is shown across your displays by resizing it.

    • Fill—Fill the entire area of each display with its portion of the Desktop. The Desktop may appear stretched on certain displays.
    • Fit—Show the entire desktop across all displays without cropping or stretching the Desktop.  Certain areas of your displays may appear blank.
    • Expand—Resize the Desktop to the height of the tallest display. This may lead to portions of the Desktop, including the Windows® Start menu and taskbar, appear cropped or missing on certain displays.

Select the preferred mixed dimension, then click Next to complete and save the setup

Customize Eyefinity Desktop Resolution

The Desktop size of an AMD Eyefinity display group can be changed to any resolution that is listed in the Custom Resolution drop-down menu.

In this section the Current Desktop Resolution is displayed along with the Minimum Resolution and Maximum Resolution. The minimum and maximum resolutions are automatically determined based on your displays and cannot be changed. Use the Custom Resolution drop-down menu to select from a list of supported resolutions.



Select your preferred Custom Resolution and click Apply.

Position Windows Taskbar

By default, the Windows taskbar extends across all displays in a single row AMD Eyefinity display group.  In a multi-row AMD Eyefinity display group the Windows taskbar extends across the bottom row of displays.  The Position Windows Taskbar option allows positioning the Taskbar on a single display. 

Note! This is option is available in the Radeon Additional Setting menu.  To access Radeon Additional Settings please see KB:                     How to Access Radeon Additional Settings for More Graphics Options.

When in Position Windows Taskbar mode, check the box for Position the Windows taskbar on a single display to position the taskbar on the main display and click Continue.

Note! To move the Taskbar to another display, simply drag and drop it to the preferred display.

To return to the default setting, uncheck the box for Position the Windows taskbar on a single display and click Continue.


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