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AMD HD3D Technology in 60 Seconds on Video Using a 3D HDTV

March 10th, 2011 · 16 Comments · Other S3D Tech


AMD just released two short videos promoting their stereoscopic 3D solution, but interestingly enough the focus is only on 3D HDTV and not on monitors (there is actually only one supporting shutter glasses anyway and it is not very nice looking). In the first video AMD’s Shane Parfitt is setting up AMD HD3D gaming in 60 seconds on an AMD Radeon graphics card using DDD’s TriDef 3D middle-ware, but the video card is not the just announced Radeon 6990 though. The game used for the demonstration is Medal of Honor which BTW is not that great in stereo 3D mode.



On the second video AMD’s Shane Parfitt (the product manager also responsible for HD3D) shows how to enable 3D Blu-ray playback on an AMD Radeon graphics card using ArcSoft’s Total Media Theatre software for the actual Blu-ray 3D playback. With AMD being not very active on stereo 3D technology in general, these two videos are interesting and are at least showing that the company did not completely forget that it is also providing some support for that technology as well. However if you’ve read my recent post comparing the different solutions for gaming in stereo 3D mode, you should’ve seen that AMD’s middle-ware partners like DDD with the TriDef 3D software and iZ3D with their iZ3D Driver are also not very active in releasing improved and updated versions lately. And we can only hope that things will finally start moving a bit faster in regards to AMD’s HD3D technology…

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ViewSonic V3D241wm 3D Monitor for AMD HD3D Technology Review

February 22nd, 2011 · 10 Comments · Other S3D Tech


I’ve spotted a short review of the ViewSonic V3D241wm 3D monitor, the only 120Hz model so far that compatible with AMD HD3D technology over at TrustedReviews. They’ve taken the display for a quick spin and although they did not go into a lot of detail and testing regarding things such as the level of crosstalk/ghosting and stereo 3D performance in general, it is still interesting to read. Their verdict however is not very positive about the product, so if you are considering to use this together with an AMD/ATI-based GPU, then you should be prepared and take a look at the review. Here is a quote of the TrustedReviews’ verdict below:

Cheap but not so cheerful, ViewSonic’s V3D241wm may offer decent hardware, but frankly it was difficult for us to tell through iZ3D’s buggy software. Hopefully these issues will be ironed out soon, but until then this is not a 3D display we can recommend.

I’m still struggling to find this product in my region in order to get one for more on-depth testing, but unfortunately it is still not available within the local ViewSonic distributors, so the wait is still on. What I’m not very happy though is the fact that AMD is not being very active into stereoscopic 3D support lately, they are kind of keeping it silent since the lets say official announcement back in the end of October last year. Maybe they are waiting for stereo 3D to become more popular and the demand from the users to increase and then to push more into the technology, but somebody has to push things with hardware manufacturers and software developers in order things to move forward…

To read the ViewSonic V3D241wm 3D monitor review over at TrustedReviews…

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Share Your Experience with the Viewsonic V3D241wm-LED 3D Monitor

February 2nd, 2011 · 3 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Viewsonic V3D241wm-LED is the first and still the only 3D-capable monitor designed to work with AMD’s HD3D Technology supporting ATI/AMD Radeon 5000 and 6000 series GPUs, although the monitor should also be capable of working with older ATI-based GPUs and even Nvidia-based GPUs according to iZ3D, but maybe not so well (some synchronization issues may be present). Aside from that, the Viewsonic V3D241wm-LED monitor also uses wired shutter glasses that connect to the display itself and not the PC. This monitor however is still hard to find on the market and not available in every region of the world, including where I live, so I’m still having trouble obtaining one for testing…

With this said, if you were already able to get a hold of one of these new 3D-capable monitors from Viewsonic (they are not 3D Vision compatible!) you are welcome to share some actual photos of the monitor and the glasses, as well as share your experience with the product – setting things up, using together with the iZ3D driver that it comes with, information on what performance you are getting with your video card and so on. If you are more experienced with stereo 3D-capable monitors, then you are welcome to share your thoughts about the performance of the display in 3D mode compared to other solutions you’ve seen so far like 3D Vision-capable monitors, or 3D HDTV and even 3D DLP projectors for example. Of course you are more then welcome to run some tests and share the results in the comments below as well, for example the stereo 3D crosstalk test photos I’ve shared here in the blog or photos showing the level of ghosting in Tomb Raider Underworld – the game I use for testing monitors here on the blog etc. You can also compare and post your findings about color reproduction and input lag as well if you are able to measure these, and everything else that you think other readers here might find useful.

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