Originally Posted by rico2001
Yes I agree, the $99 price tag sux but it's not a deal breaker for me. Eyefinity has a good start so far I think, although it's not perfect.
Neither was TripleHead when it was first launched.
In fact, TH2Go probably had more drawbacks - it was heavily res limited (3x1280x1024), it was limited to VGA monitors, it didn't have bezel management, it requires it's own power brick... and so on and so on - Matrox fixed most issues over time, so I'm hoping that that is what AMD will do. I certainly think launching an idea like EyeFinity then abandoning it is a bad idea. If they didn't plan to improve it, I don't think they'd have launched it.
The same can be levelled at any major new shift in computing - go back 12 years to when 3D accelerator cards were an optional extra rather than a requirement for a similar case, IMO.
Multiple monitor (TH2Go/EyeFinity) is the best solution for larger, more immersive gaming until large, high res TFTs get a lot, lot cheaper, or we have Virtual Reality headsets again.
I suspect ATi looked at the market and didn't even consider the fact that a $100 adaptor was an issue. Really, it shouldn't be - for a card (the 5870 Six) that can power six 2560x1600 screens, an extra $100 is not a great deal to worry about. And even the 'triplehead' setups aren't too badly affected... no res limitations like TH2Go, and no $350 hardware box. However, the fact that it's still next to impossible to get one of these active adaptors in the UK is most irritating. I know for certain that a couple of etailers are trying to source supplies, but so far it's looking more difficult than it needs to be.