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Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D-Capable Monitors Appearing on the Market

July 16th, 2010 · 20 Comments · General 3D News

It seems that Asus is finally joining the 3D monitor market too as it’s first 3D-capable monitors are starting to become available on the market with a price of around $500 USD which may be a bit high. I’m talking about the 23-inch Asus VG236H, a Full HD 120Hz monitor that can be used with the 3D Vision active shutter glasses to display 3D content. The bigger 27-inch Asus PG276H is expected to be available later this year, probably by the end of it and of course this model will also be using a fast 120Hz panel and will be capable of displaying 3D content with the help of active shutter glasses. But back on the Asus VG236H, it is already listed on Newegg with a price of $499.99 USD with Free Shipping and 3D Vision glasses bundled. Checking the global Asus website reveals that there are two variations of the monitor – VG236H and VG236HE, although they seem to be exactly the same, so it just might be the same product, but for different regions named differently…

Specifications of the Asus VG236H monitor:

Panel Size: 23″ (58.4cm) Wide Screen 16:9, TN
Native Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
Pixel Pitch: 0.265 mm
Brightness(Max): 400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio (Max.): 100000:1 (dynamic)
Viewing Angles (CR≧10): 170°(H) /160°(V)
Response Time: 2 ms
Video Inputs: Dual-link DVI-D (support NVIDIA 3D Vision), Component (YPbPr), HDMI
Power Consumption: < 60W operating, < 2W in standby Monitor stand: tilt +15°~-5°, swivel and height adjustment Dimension (WxHxD): 550.2x419.5x250mm Weight: 7 kg

Looking through the specs of the monitor you’ll probably notice that it has 400 cd/m2 maximum brightness and 100000:1 dynamic contrast, another interesting thing about it is the fact that it is apparently a glossy display (not matte display), unlike all others already on the market. If it being with a glossy is a good or bad thing is yet to be seen and I hope to be soon able to test the monitor myself… on and yes the monitor has a height adjustable stand… ;)

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Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Driver v1.29 WHQL Full CD Now Available

June 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · GeForce 3D Vision

Today Nvidia has released a new and updated 3D Vision driver in the form of full CD including the GeForce GPU driver v257.21 and 3D Vision driver v257.21 WHQL versions, not betas as well as making available both drivers separately. The good thing about the full driver CD version 1.29 is that it includes both drivers for the 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, so you can use it to install 3D Vision on multiple machines with a single download. The new driver adds support for 3D Vision Streaming which will support upcoming 3D Vision enabled streaming video, including actually taking advantage of 3D content streaming like it was demonstrated during Computex with Microsoft’s Silverlight technology. There is also support for GPU accelerated Blu-ray 3D playback when using compatible Blu-ray 3D player software from companies such as CyberLink and Arcsoft (already available in the last beta driver). Also there is support for GeForce GTX 480, GeForce GTX 470, and GeForce GTX 465 as well introduced in the last beta release as well as the support for the new 3D Vision-Ready LCDs: ASUS VG236H, LG W2363D 120 Hz, LG W2363DB 120 Hz (the LG is becoming available already in some countries and the Asus should start appearing probably next month).

The new release 257 driver also comes with new 3D Vision profiles for the following games: Alice in Wonderland, FIFA Online (2010), iRacing Demo, Heaven Benchmark, Mafia II, Lost Planet 2, Sam & Max – Beyond Time and Space, Settlers VII, Split Second, StarCraft II, Stone Giant and Toy Story 3 (most of which already introduced in the 257.15 beta already).

And here is the list of the updated 3D Vision game profiles:
– Battlefield Bad Company 2 – updated in-game compatibility message
– BioShock 2 – updated in-game compatibility message
– Metro 2033: The Last Refuge – updated in-game compatibility message
– Napoleon Total War – updated in-game compatibility message
– Order of War – the game is now rated Excellent
– Stone Giant – the game is now rated 3D Vision-Ready

To download the new GeForce 3D Vision Driver v1.29 WHQL Full CD…

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Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Driver v1.27 Beta Full CD Now Available

May 24th, 2010 · 6 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

As promised a few days ago Nvidia has released the first official beta driver from the new Release 256 family of drivers (versions 256.xx to 259.xx), it is the 257.15 GPU beta driver and along with it also an update for the 3D Vision driver also version 257.15. Among the features of the new GPU driver is the addition of support for Blu-ray 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, although we still need the software players with Blu-ray 3D support to come out (should happen pretty soon). There is also an increase in performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games and a new NVIDIA Control Panel setup page for SLI and PhysX for better control over multi-gpu configurations. There are also other additional features and improvements for SLI and CUDA users as well as some bug fixes in the new 257.15 driver. Still no support for the 3D Vision Surround in this version of the driver, however such should be available by the end of the next month in a new driver release according to Nvidia (end of June).

The new 3D Vision 257.15 driver also has some new improvements, but not so significant as with the GPU driver. The new 3D Vision driver adds supports for the upcoming GeForce GTX 465 GPUs; the new 3D Vision-Ready LCDs ASUS VG236H, LG W2363D 120 Hz, LG W2363DB 120 Hz; and the 3D Vision-ready Projectors ViewSonic PJD6251 and ViewSonic PJD6531w. There are also profiles for the following games/applications: Alice in Wonderland, iRacing Demo, StarCraft II, Lost Planet 2, Stone Giant and Heaven Benchmark. You can download the 3D Vision driver 257.15 as a separate download or get the Full CD with v1.27 that contains both the GPU and 3D Vision Driver for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

There is still no update for the 3D Vision full CD version for notebook users, but you can download the Verde Notebook driver version 257.15 too and then just install the 3D Vision Driver only and you can get the needed support for your laptop weather it has a 120Hz built-in screen or you use and external 120Hz LCD monitor with it.

To download the new Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Driver v1.27 Beta Full CD…

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