Nvidia 3D Vision Review!
As you may know, couple days ago, I told you that I had ordered Nvidia 3D vision! It has now came, and what can I say, WOW! I will tell you some details on how it works and what I think of it!
Ok, so you need a powerful PC to run it, I have a GTX 295, with an i7920 O.C. to 3.6ghz, 6GB of 1600mhz ram, and a one TB hard drive! So if you are thinking of buying this, have a good computer! Secondly, you need the special 120hz display, this is so that the 3D effects is not jolty! I went for the £400 bundle which came with the Nvidia Glasses, and the Samsung Syncmaster 2233rz!
Performance of the monitor: It is a nice solid monitor, offering good colours and deep blacks! It has a resolution of 1680x1050, 5ms response time, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000:1 It also looks nice to! My only problem is that it is very expensive considering it only offers one DVI port, also, it came with a small scratch on top, it could of been the shipping that caused that though!
Performance of the glasses: The glasses came in a nice box! It was very well packed, just like any Apple product, after getting it all out, I put in the CD, and installed the drivers (any previous graphics drivers you must uninstall first!) for the GeForce graphics card and 3D vision itself! After doing so, I restarted my computer and went to the nvidia website and checked for new drivers, there were some available so I downloaded those newer ones! After going through the setup wizard which was very well laid out, I put on the glasses and watched a 3D clip, my eyes were watering as I was not use to this! What the glasses do is they blink 60 times a second on each eye, so one frame, the left eye will be blacked out, then on the next one, the right eye will be blacked out! It is just a very fast flicker! I watched the Medusa demo which I got from the Nvidia website which shows a live 3D render of a snake woman called Medusa, it was very cool indeed! Things were popping out at me like at the iMax, you can also adjust how much 3D you want, 50% was fine for me, at 100%, your eyes will stain and start to hurt. After taking off the glasses, I had a slight headache! After watching the 3D Medusa demo, I went into Left 4 Dead, my FPS was lower, but no too much as I have a nice graphics card to run it! The zombies were coming at me, it was very nice indeed, it had a real sense of depth, although, the glasses do make things look darker so I couldn't see some zombies as they were in the dark! Nvidia has a wide range of games that are compatible with 3D vision, Left 4 Dead is rated excellent, Nvidia has a ratings chart on how good games look in 3D, it goes from Excellent to Not Recommend! Most games are excellent or good, only a few are fair or not recommended.
My conclusion: This is a great piece of kit, but it still feels a bit like a beta, some things just aren't right at the moment, although, it is a great package and great fun!
Star rating: 4 stars
Pros: Great effects, fun, easy to setup!
Cons: Pricey, needs a good computer to run it, limited range of monitor options, only works on Nvidia chipsets.