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The more you can see, the more you know about what’s going on around you. In a car, seeing in every direction is essential for safety, plus it can make driving a pleasure. Even a Ferrari would be less fun if you were restricted to tunnel vision.

Having more displays on your PC is like having windows in your car. The more information you can view, the more efficiently you can access it, whether you use your PC at home or in the office.

Until recently, graphics cards could only handle up to two displays at a time. If you wanted more, you had to add another graphics card or invest in expensive hardware designed for three or more monitors. In addition, configuring more than two displays was complex and cumbersome.

Enter AMD’s Eyefinity technology, a combination of hardware and software features that makes it easy to configure three or more displays. In fact, with the right graphics card, Eyefinity can make it straightforward to configure up to six LCD panels with a single graphics card.

All AMD 5000 and 6000 series GPUs support AMD Eyefinity technology, and graphics cards that handle up to three displays go for less than $100. With the cost of LCD monitors dropping, you could upgrade your system with an Eyefinity setup with three HD monitors for well under $600 (including the cost of the monitors and cables).

At home, you can browse the web, play an online video game and use your favorite social media apps, with everything instantly visible. No more hunting through windows to find the application you want. Or you can put a photo sharing site on one monitor and your favorite photo editing tool on another while video conferencing with relatives on a third to discuss the latest family snapshots.

Imagine a driving game with four monitors in an arc around your seat, showing you multiple views of the action. Pedal to the metal! Digital video and photo editing also become easier, allowing artists to arrange palettes and windows across multiple displays with easy access to tools and content. And for business users, there’s the happy prospect of having product lists, customer information, and accounting spreadsheets visible simultaneously.

The future of computing is visual — consider the steady progression from graphics to video to HD to 3D. AMD Eyefinity technology is another step toward visual computing nirvana.

This story, "Surround Computing" was originally published by BrandPost.