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Nvidia Video Card Requirements for 3D Vision Being Updated

July 25th, 2009 · 5 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


It seems that Nvidia has done a bit of a silent update to the requirements for using GeForce 3D Vision for some tasks. Of course for gaming and 3D applications such as CoolIris you still need to have a high end GPU, but if you plan to primarily play 3D Stereo images or 3D Stereo movies on your 3D Vision you can now go for a low end GeForce 8 or 9-series video card and you should not have any problems. This is a good news for Nvidia ION-based solutions that come with GeForce 9400M video, which along with their smaller sizes and low power consumption makes them a great addition to 3D Vision for watching 3D pictures and movies. The only problem you might face with these ION-based systems is the lack of DVI output for connecting directly to a Samsung 2233RZ (if you have bigger 3D-ready TV you might be Ok) and using an adapter to convert form one type of digital output to another still might bring problems. And I’m talking about having problems with all of the first ION-based PCs such as Acer Apsire Revo R3600, AsRock ION 330 or even the very slim and tiny Pegatron Cape 7. They all have HDMI outputs which you can easily convert to DVI with the help of a special conversion adapter, but the result will not be what you expect. By using the conversion adapter from HDMI to DVI you won’t be able to set the Samsung 2233RZ display to work with more than 60 Hz refresh rate and you still need at least 100 Hz. So before thinking of some great idea combining ION system with 3D Vision for viewing 3D Stereo movies and images you better check things a bit and then decide it if is going to be Ok.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jed // Jun 1, 2010 at 11:51

    I spoke to Nvidia about this, as my MacBook Pro has both the GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT chips, and I was excited about being able to use it for stereo movie output. But Nvidia told me that the M chipsets (the M is for mobile) are not compatible with 3D Vision. If anyone else has had a different experience, I’d love to hear about it.

  • 2 Bloody // Jun 1, 2010 at 13:20

    They are compatible of course, but with a few conditions. There are still not a lot of laptops that do come with a 120Hz LCD panel built-in and Apple’s laptops certainly are not among these. With a MacBook you will need to have Windows installed in order to have the 3D Vision support available, and you cannot use the free anaglyph mode called 3D Vision Discover. So the only choice you have is to connect an external 120Hz LCD monitor connected through a some sort of DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter (your laptop has DP port, right?). Haven’t tried that myself, but it should work… you’ll need to download the latest VERDE notebook drivers from Nvidia.

  • 3 mgb // Jul 30, 2010 at 18:17

    The Macbook pro 13″ with the NVIDIA GeForce 320M runs NVision 3D perfectly (under win7) using the display port adapter and a Samsung 2233.
    This was using the expensive Mac display port to dual-link adapter, but I don’t know if this is necessary or if a cheap adapter cable would work.

  • 4 Stefab // Sep 20, 2011 at 15:38

    Does 3D-Vision work on MBP 13″ with Nvidia 9400M and Windows (XP)? I want to use a MiniDP to HDMI-Adapter (for Framepacking) and as screen a Panasonic TX-L32DT30E with 2 pairs of 3D-glasses.
    But for 3D videos and pictures I already have a PS3, I want to play games like Penumbra/Amnesia in 3D.
    Thanks in advance!

  • 5 Bloody // Sep 20, 2011 at 19:01

    No, 3D Vision does not support Windows XP. And for use with a 3D HDTV you would also need the 3DTV Play software, not 3D Vision…

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