NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround is Here

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As we mentioned on the previous page, the minimum system requirements for 3D Surround are no joke. First of all, don't expect to run this system using Windows XP. Your operating systems needs to be either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7. Once you've got that, an SLI capable motherboard is required. For instance, the two latest chipsets from Intel, X58 and P55, both natively support NVIDIA SLI. If you plan on using a different product, check your specific board for this feature. You'll need that capability in order to run at least two GeForce graphics cards for the displays. This consists of the GF100 cards like the GTX 480, 470, or 465. In addition, the GTX 295, 285, 280, 275, and 265 are also compatible. Next, we need to figure out the type of displays to use. If you plan on using Surround in 2D, then any three displays will work as long as they provide matching resolutions. This pertains to both LCD monitors and projectors. But if 3D Vision Surround is the goal, all three must be identical, while also being 3D Vision Ready.

Acer GD235HZ 120Hz 3D Monitor

For 3D Vision Surround testing, we used three Acer 23.6" monitors. Each one goes for about $370 and is widely available online. There are a few options also available on the market today. Below, you'll find a list of monitors and projectors that are 3D Vision capable.

3D Vision ready monitors will cost more than 2D displays of the same size due to their 120Hz capability. Currently, they max out at 24" but as time goes by, we expect to see more models featuring larger sizes.

NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit

NVIDIA's 3D Vision Kit consists of one pair of wireless shutter glasses, IR emitter, and cables. The glasses come with a storage pouch, adjustable nose pieces, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. A quick look around the internet reveals that the kit can be purchased for about $180 at various websites. For more information, check out our review of the 3D Vision Glasses here:

NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision Glasses

For 3D Vision Surround, you'll need at least two GeForce 400 series or 200 series videocards running in SLI. Although, there is one exception. A single GTX 295 can pull it off too, but only if you plan on using three projectors. It won't work with a single GTX 295 when using 3D Vision LCD monitors because they require three dual link DVI connectors on the graphics card.

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acarzt 4 years ago

This is cool and all... But I still think 3D gaming and movies are just a gimmick.

And Gaming across multiple screens has been around for a very long time... it's just that now ATI and Nvidia gave it catchy names.

I never really was a huge fan of multi monitor gaming to begin with tho. I just can't get over the annoyance of the bezel. I would rather game on 1 large screen.

I do, however, enjoy having 3 screens for work :-) It makes multi-tasking soooooo much easier.

InfinityzeN 4 years ago

True, three monitors really are great for working.  Heck, you I can easily have six docs opened at the same time and have them each in actual size display all at the same time.  Works great when you have a lot of different source material your pulling from.

animatortom 4 years ago
Most things like the automobile or TV start out as a gimmick!
It is just a fun little add on until it gets fully functional and implemented. I do know that the added 3D camera in Maya is pretty cool, and I would work like that all the time if it were possible. I just don't like having the red/Blue glasses on all the time, plus the paper starts cutting into your ears. If these were comfortable for long hours without headache it would be nice for 3D work.
It does make more sense if you can set up your PC as an Home Theater PC with 3D capabilities.  Then you could avoid all those other components like a new 3D Bluray player or receiver.
dlim783 4 years ago

Nvidia 3d Vision is basically an investment for companies. E.G. Wall Street.

lifeskills 4 years ago

I just built a computer for gaming and web/video production.  During my research, AMD was all about Eyefinity and Nvidea was talking 3d.  I had heard of Nvidea's Surround, but had tested 3dVisoin at Frys and it sucked.  The glasses made everything dim and the 3d was barely noticable.  Would love to have another go at it with updated drivers and surround.


I went ahead and built my system around AMD/ATI.  Got one 5850, and my next move was to buy two more 24" monitors.  After reading this, Im thinking I might need another 5850 to push an acceptable framerate through Eyefinity.  any thoughts? 

AKwyn 4 years ago

I don't think 3D Vision Surround is ready for primetime, while I do appreciate the surprising performance in certain games, I think as games get physically more demanding with DX11 then 3D Vision Surround can't keep up, this was evident in the DiRT 2 demo where it wasn't even playable under DX11. I appreciate what NVIDIA is trying to do and I do like the fact that they can do it in 3D but I don't think it's ready.

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