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Sapphire Does 3D Gaming with Eyefinity

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ATI's Eyefinity technology has opened up a whole new world of multi-monitor gaming and now that the gaming industry is moving tentatively toward 3D technology, it makes sense to put the two together and see what happens.

Sapphire demonstrated the following set up, which combines a single Sapphire video card with ATI Eyefinity support, three Zalmon Trimon 3D displays and a third party 3D driver from iZ3D. The result is a 5760 x 1080 display area of eye-popping 3D. Yes, you still have to wear the goofy glasses.

While Sapphire was full of talk about how smooth everything runs, the company remained quiet on just how much you could expect to pay for a set-up like this. Being perfectly honest, we're not sure how we feel about it. It's still early days for 3D technology and we all know from going to see 3D movies that things can look a little off when if you're at an awkward angle.

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    Regulas , June 28, 2010 9:00 PM
    "things can look a little off when if you're at an awkward angle."
    Agreed but since this looks like PC gaming in mind, we all know PC gamers sit in a very select area while gaming.
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    vertigo_2000 , June 28, 2010 9:05 PM
    I don't read every tech site known to mankind, so this is new to me, and probably others.

    What's the point of complaining anyway?
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    Ragnar-Kon , June 28, 2010 9:08 PM
    I still don't understand what the big deal about 3D is lately, in games, TV, and movies. Am I the only one left that prefers 2D?
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    Regulas , June 28, 2010 9:00 PM
    "things can look a little off when if you're at an awkward angle."
    Agreed but since this looks like PC gaming in mind, we all know PC gamers sit in a very select area while gaming.
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    abswindows7 , June 28, 2010 9:03 PM
    user-oneIt sure took you guys long enough to find this article. Its been up other places for about 2 weeks now.


    sources ?
  • 20 Hide
    vertigo_2000 , June 28, 2010 9:05 PM
    I don't read every tech site known to mankind, so this is new to me, and probably others.

    What's the point of complaining anyway?
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    Ragnar-Kon , June 28, 2010 9:08 PM
    I still don't understand what the big deal about 3D is lately, in games, TV, and movies. Am I the only one left that prefers 2D?
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    rocky1234 , June 28, 2010 9:11 PM
    this 3D crap is all cool & all but if you have to wear silly looking glasses to play a game or watch TV then instant fail. This reminds me of those old pictures from the 50's with people wearing those dorky glasses in the theaters. Also if this is the new 3D revolution what have we been using for the past 15 years in our games they called that 3D as well. Will the 3D in all those games be demoted to 2.5D to make room for this newly invented tech that came out in the 50's.

    Just some thoughts

    -That is all-
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    sliem , June 28, 2010 9:17 PM
    "...iZ3D"

    Apple lawsuit in 3... 2...
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    borisof007 , June 28, 2010 9:24 PM
    Yeah I hate wearing glasses over my glasses. /sigh

    With that said, I did try Nvidia's 3d tech at the last Blizzcon and I can say that it's neat, but I wouldn't spend the money on it.
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    proxy711 , June 28, 2010 9:47 PM
    Wow 3D plus Eyefinity they just combined the 2 most useless things to create super useless tech.

    because everyone has three 3d monitors just sitting around right?
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    jacobdrj , June 28, 2010 9:50 PM
    Man, stereoscopic glasses suck...
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    feeddagoat , June 28, 2010 9:54 PM
    I want 3D technology to advance but the big problem with 3D is the glasses. My mate for example is blind in one eye so 3D TV and gaming is therefore useless for him. Its coming to the point now that trying to find a cinema that does 2D versions of popular films is getting harder. Im sure there are many others in this boat too. Me on the other hand get huge headaches when using the glasses. Im probably in the minority but current solutions arn't the best. In all honesty, the new Nintendo DS really excites me if it can pull off 3D without glasses!

    Can anyone fill in a blank here? Nvidia where saying something about bandwidth issues with 3D and "eyefinity" running on large res monitors. I don't fully understand the details but Have ATI a way round this problem?
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    tntom , June 28, 2010 10:02 PM
    No way I can afford that. Me and my wife went to see Avatar and chose a Theater that had it in 3D and it was terrible! It felt slightly out of focus the whole time and to us it added no depth. We wish we had went to a standard 2D showing. On the other hand we have watched 3D IMAX movies that were great. I hope the costs come down quickly. But 3D still needs lots of work.
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    rhino13 , June 28, 2010 11:03 PM
    This is Hot!
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , June 28, 2010 11:13 PM
    No 3D Porn demo?
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    clivene09 , June 29, 2010 12:27 AM
    jryan388And it only takes tri-sli watercooled GTX 480s to run it!


    "which combines a single Sapphire video card with ATI Eyefinity support"
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2010 1:10 AM
    Tom's... Can you please, for the love of God change the picture viewing method on this website?!!?!!?!!
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    cj_online , June 29, 2010 2:14 AM
    Ragnar-KonI still don't understand what the big deal about 3D is lately, in games, TV, and movies. Am I the only one left that prefers 2D?

    Yes
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    Marco925 , June 29, 2010 2:49 AM
    cj_onlineYes

    Nahh i prefer 2D as well

    It doesn't give me a headache
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    palladin9479 , June 29, 2010 3:21 AM
    If using stereoscopic glass's are giving you headaches, then either get new higher quality glass's or better tune the 3D system for your eyeballs. Also 3D on a gaming system with 120hz+ LCD monitor is NOT the same as 3D in a theater using polarized lenses. Polarized lenses are of varying quality. The cheaper ones do a poor job of properly filtering the light and you end up with nausea / headaches after a little bit. I refuse to watch 3D films a certain theater in my city because of the quality of their glass's. Another theater has much higher quality glass's but their ticket prices are higher, I just pay the higher price and don't get eyestrain / nausea.

    But on a home system with a proper LCD panel and stereoscopic shutter glass's you shouldn't ever have any problems if you've tuned it properly. Not everyone's eyeballs are the same distance apart, because of that we all have slightly different depth perceptions. It is imperative that you adjust the GFX 3D drivers to match whats comfortable for you. Once this is done you shouldn't have any more problems, just make sure there is no glare on the LCD screen as they will play havoc with your eyeballs.
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