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Nvidia has Announced the GeForce GTX 680M Mobile GPU

June 5th, 2012 · 3 Comments · General 3D News

The new top model mobile GPU based on the Kepler architecture from Nvidia has been officially announced – the GeForce GTX 680M. The new GPU marks a very significant improvement in terms of performance compared to the already announced Series 600 mobile GPUs based on Fermi/Kepler architecture as well as compared to the previous top model – the GTX 580M. The GeForce GTX 680M comes with 1344 CUDA Cores, up to 720 MHz GPU clock and with 2GB GDDR5 at up to 1800 MHz video memory and 256-bit memory bus. The previous top model GTX 675M was Fermi-based and comes with 384 CUDA cores much like the GTX 580M. According to Nvidia the new GTX 680M is up to 80% faster than the previous-generation flagship model, the GTX 580M in terms of performance that you get, making it an ideal solution for gamers and especially for gamers willing to play in stereoscopic 3D mode on a laptop using 3D Vision.

In fact the GTX 680M offers very similar specifications to the desktop GTX 670 GPU and the performance you get should be very similar as well, all that within a TDP of about 100W (according to unofficial information). The first laptops to feature the new GeForce GTX 680M GPU along with 3D Vision 2 support and a 3D-capable display would apparently be the Alienware M17x that would be available with either Nvidia Optimus technology or Nvidia 3D Vision technology as an option. Sadly having both Optimus and 3D Vision support on a single laptop is still a problem due to the way the Optimus tech works together with the integrated Intel graphics processor.

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Max Payne 3 for PC is Out Now and Comes with 3D Vision Support

June 2nd, 2012 · 13 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

The PC version of the game Max Payne 3 is out now and the good news is that it supports 3D Vision for stereoscopic 3D gaming and that should be going very well together with the “bullet time” effect that you get to use in the game. Not to mention that the game does look quite well in terms of graphics, it is a DirectX 11 title and also supports multi-monitor setups, but if you want to play with maximum level of details and especially in stereo 3D mode you’ll need a more powerful GPU as Max Payne 3 can be quite demanding.

Max Payne 3 is the story of former New York City detective, Max Payne. His life in ruins and unable to move on from the tragic events of years past, Max looks for a new start working private security with an old friend in São Paulo, Brazil. When the wife of his employer is kidnapped by a street gang while under Max’s protection, Max’s life spirals out of control as the factions of a dangerous and unfamiliar city close in on him, conspiring to keep Max from the real reasons behind the kidnapping and his part in a much larger conspiracy.

If you’ve already got your copy of the game and have tried it in stereo 3D mode feel free to share how good it looks not only with 3D Vision where the experience is expected to be good, but with other stereoscopic 3D solutions as well…

To see some stereoscopic 3D screenshots of Max Payne 3 using 3D Vision…

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New Nvidia GeForce 301.42 WHQL Drivers Are Now Available

May 23rd, 2012 · 16 Comments · General 3D News

Nvidia has made available for download the first WHQL-certified unified driver from the R300 family of drivers, namely the version 301.42. The new WHQL driver builds on top of the already introduced new features in the previous 301.24 Beta release, bringing fixed bugs, improved functionality, 4-way GTX 670 SLI support etc as well as new 3DTV Play display support.

New 3DTV Play support for the following displays:

– Mitsubishi HC7800D Projector
– Samsung UE40ES6530 3DTV
– Samsung UE40ES6710 3DTV
– Samsung UE46ES8000 3DTV
– Samsung UN40ES6500F 3DTV
– Sharp LC-70C7450U 3DTV

New and Updated 3D Vision Profiles:

– Adam’s Venture Episode 1 – Rated Poor
– All Zombies Must Die! – Rated Fair
– Blacklight: Retribution – Rated Poor
– Depth Hunter – Updated profile
– Dirt: Showdown – Rated Good
– Ghosts ‘n Goblins Online – Rated Good
– Krater – Rated Poor
– Oil Rush – Rated 3D Vision Ready
– Passion Leads Army Benchmark – Rated 3D Vision Ready
– Postal III – Rated Good
– Rayman Origins – Rated Good
– Resident Evil: Operating Raccoon City – Rated Fair
– rFactor 2 – Changed rating to 3D Vision Ready
– SevenCore – Rated Fair
– Stacking – Rated Good
– The Darkness II – Updated in-game recommended settings
– Trackmania 2: Canyon – Rated Fair
– Unigine 3.0 Heaven Benchmark – Updated profile
– Unigine Heaven Benchmark v3.0 – Rated 3D Vision Ready
– Wargame: European Escalation – Rated Good
– Warp – Rated Good
– Wings of Prey – Rated Fair
– World of Tanks – Changed rating to Excellent

Have in mind that some of these profiles have already been introduced in the previous beta version of the drivers. If you are an avid World of Tanks games now you might want to check out the game with 3D Vision as it should be quite good. The game rFactor 2 (still in development) should be 3D Vision ready when it is released.

More on what is new and improved in the Nvidia GeForce 301.42 WHQL Drivers…

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