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First 3D Vision Notebook Arrives Next Month

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It's the first 3D Vision notebook heading your way before Christmas. Ho ho ho!

Nvidia and Asus jointly announced today that the very first 3D Vision notebook will debut soon: the Asus G51J3d. The notebook includes a 120 Hz 3D Vision-capable panel and a pair of 3D Vision active-shutter glasses. Asus said that the laptop will hit store shelves in early December; other OEMs--such as Clevo and more--will produce 3D Vision laptops in 2010.

"We are extremely excited about bringing the first Nvidia 3D Vision notebook to market," said P. Wang, Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Notebook Business Unit, System Business Group at Asus. "Nvidia and Asus have a passion for gaming and cutting-edge technology, and this is another example of how great companies working together can deliver awesome new platforms to our combined customers."

The technical specs were short on details, only providing a few tidbits of information. The Asus laptop will have an Intel Core i7 @ 1.6 GHz, a GeForce GTX 260M GPU, and a 15.6-inch screen running at a native 1366 x 768 resolution. The laptop can also provide up to 4 GB of RAM, and storage options ranging between 250 GB and 500 GB. For optical drives, Asus offers both DVD and Blu-ray.

Nvidia's 3D Vision technology is a combination of wireless, high-tech glasses, an IR emitter with a wide range, and software that transforms PC games into "full stereoscopic 3D experiences." Resident Evil 5, Borderlands, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Star Trek D-A-C already support 3D Vision. Nvidia claims that more than 400 PC games are compatible right out of the box.

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    David the Gnome , November 18, 2009 7:57 PM
    Finally, an excuse to wear those sweet 3D glasses in public!
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    touchdowntexas13 , November 18, 2009 8:25 PM
    "Aaus" 4th line :) 

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    cangelini , November 18, 2009 8:57 PM
    I'm allowed to post in the news comments right? Anyone else worried that a G92 might struggle with stereoscopic mode at the LCD's native resolution? :-P
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    touchdowntexas13 , November 18, 2009 9:28 PM
    cangeliniI'm allowed to post in the news comments right? Anyone else worried that a G92 might struggle with stereoscopic mode at the LCD's native resolution? :-P


    Hmmmm I'm not sure. Asus has other 15 inch laptops(without 3d) running full hd resolution with that same gpu. I guess I expected the lower 1366x768 resolution to account for the performance hit using the 3d technology. I don't have much experience with the 260m, but my guess is that it will suffice for a good number of titles. Of course people shouldn't expect to maintain the golden 60 fps.
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2009 3:00 AM
    i believe this is the "air" that nvidia needs in this moment... physx and 3d vision are the only thing that nvidia has that can compete with ati's directx 11 and eyefinity... till next year
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    sunflier , November 19, 2009 11:18 AM
    Looking at the pic above why in the world didn't ASUS embed the IR emitter into the laptop??
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    linney , November 19, 2009 2:25 PM
    Now you can play games in 3D while looking like Weezer!
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    counselmancl , November 19, 2009 2:29 PM
    3D...porn!!!
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    warezme , November 19, 2009 5:28 PM
    cangeliniI'm allowed to post in the news comments right? Anyone else worried that a G92 might struggle with stereoscopic mode at the LCD's native resolution? :-P

    I don't see it either even at 1366x768 low HD that G92 aka 9600 GPU is going to struggle to maintain high framerates on many new games. A 280GTXm, aka the 9800 would have done a better job. Also, 1.6Ghz on the CPU? I don't care if its an i7, hyperthreading is not going to help gaming out and the low Mhz are going to hurt.
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    bfstev , November 19, 2009 5:39 PM
    any kind of ballpark estimate on the price range?
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    greasydan , November 20, 2009 7:32 PM
    bfstevany kind of ballpark estimate on the price range?


    From the original Press Release, "The introductory MSRP is $1699.99 USD."

    I am wondering if a higher resolution will be available with 3D off.