Some of these concerns were laid to rest earlier today when AMD showcased an Acer Ferrari netbook running Eyefinity using an XGP, or External Graphics Platform (see here for more details) during CES 2010. The XGP featured a AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5870 GPU, connected to the notebook via a cable, and the XGP providing three Display Ports, 1 DVI, and 1 HDMI output for proper Eyefinity gaming. The XGP requires its own power supply. (Please visit BSN for the article covering the XGP).
Credit: Theo Valich, BSN.
While this is definitely a good implementation of Eyefinity, I’m still not satisfied (just call me cranky):
- The XGP is cumbersome – not something a mobile user will carry around often. Perhaps more portable units will be released, but still requires carrying extra bulk.
- The XGP was featured on a high-end / boutique product which could also imply a high-end / boutique price tag?
- The Mobility Radeon HD 5870 was not integrated with the laptop, thus we have yet to see Eyefinity on a notebook with and integrated HD 5870.
Thanks to Randal for sending me the tip. Thanks to BSN for the coverage.