Here is a summary of links for all the drivers you might need in order to run your GeForce 3D Vision setup. Here is a list of all the drivers you might need for Windows Vista and Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating systems. First the monitor drivers for ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion and Samsung 2233RZ, them the nVidia video card drivers and finally the GeForce 3D Vision drivers…
June 17th, 2009 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
June 17th, 2009 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
There are a few things that are very important and that you must know if you are interested in obtaining and using Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision – these are the system requirements you should be able to meet. For instance you should know that the 3D Stereo drivers for GeForce 3D Vision are only available for Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows 7 (yes they already support it and work as good as they work in Vista). So if you are still using Windows XP for instance you should start thinking of upgrading and the better solution is to go directly for Windows 7 (there is already a public Release Candidate available) and later this year to obtain a full copy of the final Windows 7 operating system. But there are some other important system requirements that you should meet in order not to use the 3D vision, but also to get the maximum enjoyment out of it…
Nvidia recommends to have a high-end computer configuration with a faster nVidia-based videocard and this requirement is a must, because GeForce 3D Vision will only function on nVidia-based GPUs and only on some newer and faster models. Here is a full list of all nVidia-based video cards that are supported by 3D Vision, have in mind that only the following models from the GeForce 8, 9 and GTX 200 series are currently compatible:
– GeForce GTX 200 Series: GeForce GTX 295, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 275, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce GT 140.
– GeForce 9 Series: GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX+, GeForce 9800 GTX, GeForce 9800 GT, GeForce 9600 GT.
– GeForce 8 Series: GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS, GeForce 8800 GT.
Of course the faster the video card – the better, because it will be able to provide higher framerate with more details and even AA and AF turned on so that you’ll be able to fully enjoy each game with noth only a depth perception, but also the maximum possible quality of the graphics. Your PC also has to be quite powerful with at least a fast Intel or AMD dual-core processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM, the faster the better…
As for the displays, I’ve already mentioned that the GeForce 3D Vision LC-shutter glasses provide the best experience with the 120 Hz Samsung 2233RZ or ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion LCD monitors, but also any CRT display that can provide at least 100 Hz with a good resolution should provide good results. Now if you are going to use an old CRT monitor you have lying around you better check that it not only provides high enough resolution at 100 Hz refresh rate, but also check the maximum brightness it can provide. You should know that the LC-shutter glasses block some of the light when you are wearing them and playing in 3D Stereo mode and thus the image on the screen looks a bit darker that without the glasses. By default CRT displays provide lower maximum brightness than a typical LCD and after they have been used for quite some time all monitors loose some of their brightness and become dimmer. And if your CRT is quite old (and it probably is) it might not be able to provide high enough brightness level for comfortable and detailed picture when you put on and activate the 3D stereo glasses.
Apart form the two 120 Hz LCD displays and old CRT models you can also use GeForce 3D Vision in conjunction with the following Mitsubishi 1080p DLP Home Theater TV sets: WD-57833, WD-60735, WD-60737, WD-60C8, WD-60C9, WD-65735, WD-65736, WD-65737, WD-65C8, WD-65C9, WD-65833, WD-65835, WD-65837, WD-73735, WD-73736, WD-73737, WD-73833, WD-73835, WD-73837, WD-73C8, WD-73C9, WD-82737, WD-82837, L65-A90. The other supported and compatible hardware is a DepthQ HD 3D Projector by LightSpeed Design, but there are more compatible products that will be coming out later this year. For instance there is information that other bigger LCD monitor manufacturers are already preparing 120 Hz products that will be available as an alternative to Samsung 2233RZ and ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion.
One final not that you should be aware of is that the LCD TV sets that you see being marketed as 100 Hz, 200 Hz or even the new top products in the form of 600 Hz Plasma TVs (PDP) are not compatible with GeForce 3D Vision. The reason for that incompatibility is that these TV sets use some sort of internal algorithms to reach higher framerates from a video content with much lower framerate, but you cannot set such high refresh rate when using the TV set as a computer monitor. So don’t get your hopes too high in getting such a high refresh rate display with much bigger screen size than the currently available 22-inch monitors.
June 16th, 2009 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
Samsung 2233RZ is the 120 Hertz (120 fps) monitor that is being sold as a bundle with the GeForce 3D Vision glasses in the European market and as a standalone LCD display of course. Even if not using it in 3D stereo mode you can still set the monitor at 120 Hz refresh rate and have a better and more responsive LCD display than all other models currently available on the market (ViewSonic VX2265wm is the other similar product). But lets get to the technical specifications of the display in order to see what it actually offers in both 2D mode and in 3D when used in conjunction with 3D Vision glasses.
Samsung 2233RZ is a 22-inch monitor with widescreen aspect ratio of 16:10 (not the recently popular 16:9) and resolution of 1680×1050 (again not Full HD as the new 16:9 22″ displays already available). The display is using a TN panel with maximum brightness level of 300 cd/m2 (the high brightness is very important when in 3D mode), contrast ratio of 1000:1 and 20000:1 dynamic (unusable in 3D mode) and response time of up to 3-5 milliseconds (3ms for gray-to-gray and 5ms for black-to-white transitions). The viewing angles are quite good at up to 170º horizontal and 150º vertical at contrast ratio of more than 10:1 which you’ll notice when you see the display, and I should note that there is no glossy and mirror-like filter in front of the display, but a matte one which is probably better when used with 3D Vision. The display has only Dual-link DVI-D display port for connection to a PC and you need Dual-link cable in order to provide 120 Hz refresh rate over the DVI interface at 1680×1050 resolution, otherwise you’ll be limited to 60 Hz over a single-link cable. The thing that differentiates Samsung 2233RZ and the monitor apart from their external design of course is the lack of integrated speakers here as opposed to ViewSonic’s solution. One other thing that I noted in the specifications is that the Samsung 2233RZ typically uses of up to 50W per hour as opposed to up to 45W in the case of ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion. Also it seems that the ability to use the additional dynamic contrast is only available on Samsung’s display, but you should note that it should not be used when playing in 3D mode with the shutter glasses. When you enable the 3D Stereo mode it seems that Nvidia’s stereo driver automatically sets the brightness to the maximum level and it disables the ability of the user to lower it through the menu of the monitor.