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EIZO Foris FG2421 is a 120Hz VA-type LCD Gaming Monitor

November 10th, 2013 · 5 Comments · General 3D News

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Up until recently all 120Hz+ LCD monitor intended for gaming (regardless if for stereo 3D use or not) were using TN-based LCD panels due to the fact that this technology provides the best results in terms of pixel response and that is something you need if you want to have a higher refresh rate. TN LCD panels may be the fastest in terms of response, however they have other no so good aspects when compared to VA-based and IPS-based panels, but fortunately we now have what seems to be the first gaming oriented 120Hz LCD monitor with a VA-based panel from Eizo (it does not support stereoscopic 3D!). If you are not familiar with the name Eizo it is probably because up until recently the company was focused on professional monitors and it just recently started making monitors targeted at gamers.


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EIZO Foris FG2421 is actually is not their first gaming monitor, but is the first one that is able to work at 120Hz refresh rate and as already mentioned it is nt with a TN panel. Eizo markets this monitor as a 240Hz gaming monitor, however this can be a bit misleading if you don’t read the details, in fact it is a 120Hz monitor that has a built-in processing to simulate 240Hz. Eizo calls this function “Turbo 240″ and you can enable or disable it from the OSD menu of the monitor, what it does is doubling the frames (not interpolating, but doubling) and strobing the backlight in between them and the end result is a significant reduction in motion blur. This is pretty similar to how the 3D Lightboost technology on more recent 3D Vision-compatible monitors functions, although there is no frame doubling with them. Definitely an interesting thing to see as this Eizo monitor can turn out to be a great alternative to buying a 3D Vision-ready monitor that you may not use in stereo 3D mode at all, especially considering the fact that there are no other 120Hz displays out there that use better LCD panels than TN, so if you are not into 3D and hacking Lightboost to work in 2D mode you might want to check the EIZO Foris FG2421 out. Eizo also promises low input lag (less than 10ms) and no noticeable flickering with reduced brightness by using DC control and high rate PWM (Hi-PWM) control for driving the backlight instead just PWM.

For more information about the EIZO Foris FG2421 gaming monitors…
Additional information about how the Turbo 240 function works (PDF)…

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MTBS3D.COM is Currently Down Due to Technical Issues

November 8th, 2013 · No Comments · General 3D News

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It seems that our friends at mtbs3D.com are currently experiencing some technical issues with the hardware in the server hosting the website, so the site is currently down, but hopefully it will soon be back online. Below you can read the official announcement about the problem from Neil Schneider posted on the MTBS3D Facebook page:

Hi Guys!

MTBS has been down because we had an absolutely HORRIBLE server crash. Despite making backups, this would have been very damaging especially since we’ve been making new service updates for the site that hadn’t been mirrored yet.

Fortunately, the hard drive was mirrored by RAID, and we are taking steps to get things back to normal. Don’t forget about us in our absence. I don’t have an ETA yet – we’ve never dealt with something this severe before…but we are on the case!

Regards,
Neil

Update: MTBS3D.com was back online for a bit, and then back offline unfortunately due another problem.

You can follow the MTBS3D Facebook page for more updates on the status…

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The New Fastest Single GPU Video card – Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti

November 8th, 2013 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

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Nvidia has introduced their new flagship GPU, namely the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti that has yet again taken the throne of the fastest single GPU video card taking the place of the GTX TITAN and according to the reviews out there beating the competition in the form of the AMD Radeon R9 290X. The video cards based on the GeForce GTX 780 Ti may not be the best in terms of price performance ratio, but they are the fastest ones and if you are looking for a solution that you might not want to upgrade for a while, then they are a great choice, especially if you are going to be using them to play in stereoscopic 3D mode using 3D Vision or playing games in 120Hz/144Hz 2D mode. Again based on the first reviews of the GTX 780 Ti that were released the card is pretty capable for playing in 2560×1600 or 2560×1440 resolution, but 4K for a single card is still a bit too much. And gaming in 4K is something that although may be very cool is still a way too expensive in terms of displays and hardware required to support it properly, so you better wait and don’t yet go investing in multiple GTX 780 Tis yet.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Specifications:

Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
Graphics Processing Clusters: 5
Streaming Multiprocessors: 15 +3
CUDA Cores: 2880 +576
Texture Units: 240 +48
ROP Units: 48
Graphics Clock: 863 MHz -12
GPU Boost Clock: 928 MHz -130
Memory Clock (Data rate): 7000 MHz +1000
L2 Cache Size: 1534KB
Total Video Memory: 3072MB GDDR5
Memory Interface: 384-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth: 336 GB/s +48
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear): 210 GigaTexels/sec +44.3
Fabrication Process: 28 nm
Transistor Count: 7.1 Billion
Connectors: Dual-Link DVI-I, Dual-Link DVI-D, HDMI 1.4 High Speed, DisplayPort 1.2
Form Factor: Dual Slot
Power Connectors: 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin
Thermal Design Power (TDP): 250 Watts
Thermal Threshold: 95 degrees C
Bus Interface: PCI Express 3.0

* The superscript numbers in green and red show the change as compared to the specs of GTX 780.

The new GeForce GTX 780 Ti is essentially a maxed out GK110 GPU with all the CUDA cores present and all 15 SMX blocks active. Comparing the GT 780 Ti spec wise to the GTX 780 you can see that the clocks of the GPU are a bit lower, but the significantly increased number of CUDA cores compensates well for that and the memory is clocked higher offering a good increase in the bandwidth. So essentially with the GeForce GTX 780 Ti we are getting a faster than GTX TITAN video card that is more affordable than the TITAN, though if you already got a GTX TITAN earlier this year there is no much need to upgrade. The recommended end user price of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is $699 USD and it also comes with three free games as a part of Nvidia’s PIRATES, HEROES & SPIES promo bundle, the games in this bundle are Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell Black List.

Up until a few days ago I was considering to finally upgrade my stereoscopic 3D gaming rig using 3D Vision with a GTX 780, but now that the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is out, I’ll be getting a 780 Ti card. A single card should be good enough to handle gaming in stereo 3D mode at 1920×1080 resolution and I’ll probably be sharing some benchmark results after I get to see what is the performance you will get from the GTX 780 Ti in stereo 3D mode…

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