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Benchmarking 3D Vision Surround

Nvidia 3D Vision Surround: Is This The Future Of Gaming?
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You’re going to see fewer benchmarks here than you otherwise might in a GPU-based review. Much of this is a direct effect of 3D Vision Surround’s compatibility. 3D Mark Vantage, Crysis, Aliens vs. Predator, and DiRT 2 are all titles we’d normally include. But because they don’t render properly, you’re realistically not going to run them in 3D. It’s a small consolation that you’ll at least be able to play in Surround 2D.

To show off what 3D Vision Surround can do (and to demonstrate how quietly a pair of GeForce GTX 480s can really run in SLI—a claim that I corroborated in my GeForce GTX 480 Update), Nvidia brought over a beautiful machine built by Digital Storm. The Core i7-960-based processor was overclocked to 3.8 GHz, opening up plenty of headroom for graphics performance. The Raven RV02-based enclosure (complemented by a few custom touches by Digital Storm) is well-suited to a high-end graphics configuration, since it exhausts hot air out the top.

Bear in mind that the benchmark results with Eyefinity 6 listed don’t refer to a six-display array, but rather a pair of Radeon HD 5870 2GB boards driving the same three displays as Nvidia’s Surround (2D) arrangement, so it is, in fact, an apples-to-apples comparison.

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i7-960 (Bloomfield) 3.20 GHz, 4.8 GT/s, 8MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabled. Turbo Boost enabled
Motherboard
EVGA X58 FTW3 (LGA 1366) X58/ICH10
Memory
6GB Tech NPS DDR3-1600 (3 x 2GB) @ DDR3-1600
Hard Drive
Corsair CMFSSD-128GBG1D 128GB SATA 3 Gb/s SSD

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB SATA 3 Gb/s Hard Drive
Graphics Cards2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB

2 x Radeon HD 5870 2GB Eyefinity 6
Power Supply
Tech NPS 1,000W Power Supply
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX
DirectX 11
Platform Driver
Intel INF Chipset Update Utility 9.1.1.1019
Graphics Driver
Nvidia GeForce 258.69

AMD Catalyst 10.6
Games
Just Cause 2
3D: All settings maxed out. 2D: All settings maxed out. Desert Sunrise benchmark, 4800x900 / 5760x1080
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
3D: All settings maxed out, Depth of Field: off, AA: disabled. 2D: All settings maxed out, Depth of Field: enabled, 4xAA. Second Sun, 45 second sequence, FRAPS, 4800x900 / 5760x1080
DiRT 2
3D: Not compatible. 2D: High Settings. Steam version, Custom benchmark script, DX11 Rendering, 4800x900 / 5760x1080
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
3D: Static Lighting, Extreme settings. 2D: DirectX 11 Lighting, Extreme settings, SSAO: default. , Benchmark tool, 4800x900 / 5760x1080
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
3D: All settings maxed out. 2D: All settings maxed out. Opening cinematic, 145 second sequence, FRAPS, 4800x900 / 5760x1080
Far Cry 2
3D: DirectX 9, Bloom Disabled, Post FX: low, Shadows: medium. 2D: DirectX 10, Ultra High quality settings. Benchmark tool, Ranch Medium, 4800x900 / 5760x1080
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  • 30 Hide
    Reynod , June 29, 2010 2:15 PM
    I wish I could afford all of that hardware ... alas not.

    The Samsung 120HZ 24" monitor, glasses and GTX card cost us arond $780.

    Played it for a few days and got sore eyes.

    Gave it to the kids.

    They played with the glasses for a week.

    Now the glasses are in a drawer.

    Not much more to tell really.

    The whole experience with the glasses reminded me of:

    The yoyo
    The pogo stick
    The hat with the beer cans on top of it and the tubes
    The Bling "Gaming" case with neons that I disconnected
    The Superfloppy
    The external CD Burner
    The ex-wife

    All terribly short experiences of delight (dynamic quality) followed by a feeling of bewilderment and a sense that I had been played by a consumerist market.

    C Wright Mills please save me ... from myself.

    Chris ... is there a cure ?
  • 25 Hide
    meat81 , June 29, 2010 1:21 PM
    Without sounding ignorant like killerclick, they do need to start producing mainstream monitors that have little to no bezel. If not then i might as well buy a 32-40 inch TV that does 120-240hz and go with that.
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    ravnoscc , June 29, 2010 2:18 PM
    I have a question:

    Could you explain how the bezels are compensated for in 3D Surround mode? I am trying to imagine how having 2-3 inch spaces in between each projected image would look in 3 dimensions... Having difficulty, but maybe a short explanation?
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  • 25 Hide
    meat81 , June 29, 2010 1:21 PM
    Without sounding ignorant like killerclick, they do need to start producing mainstream monitors that have little to no bezel. If not then i might as well buy a 32-40 inch TV that does 120-240hz and go with that.
  • 11 Hide
    liquidsnake718 , June 29, 2010 1:30 PM
    all for the cost of around $7500... this would last you for about 3years of fun.... then after, youd have to get rid of it
  • 2 Hide
    gxpbecker , June 29, 2010 1:32 PM
    better yet, a single fold out (nearly bezel-less) display.
    As the article says, this is all nice and dandy but the costs are high, to say the least. However as time passes this technology will be more affordable for us average joes. Good too see GRFX companines are pushing new toys
  • 1 Hide
    gxpbecker , June 29, 2010 1:35 PM
    liquidsnake718Hell you might as well go all out and connect 3 32 or 42 inch samsung series 6-8led tvs and tri sli or crossfire 5970's..... one would definitly need watercooling systems and core i7 6 core chips, with an ROG x58 board with ssd's max RAM, win 7 64bit, and 1000watts... this machine would then have to played in full airconditioning and with crazy sounds with some amps and extra lighting effects.....You would then have total fun playing games like Crysis, Resident evil, left for dead, Dirt, and Cod MW2..... one can imagine

    And will cost as much in power to run that machine as an Air COnditioner during the Houston Summer.
  • 0 Hide
    Onus , June 29, 2010 1:58 PM
    The scales are way too big. Too much money, too much power needed (which means more money), and way too much physical space. Cost and power usage may come down, but space? In the mainstream, I'd sooner expect the VR headset to make a return.
  • 30 Hide
    Reynod , June 29, 2010 2:15 PM
    I wish I could afford all of that hardware ... alas not.

    The Samsung 120HZ 24" monitor, glasses and GTX card cost us arond $780.

    Played it for a few days and got sore eyes.

    Gave it to the kids.

    They played with the glasses for a week.

    Now the glasses are in a drawer.

    Not much more to tell really.

    The whole experience with the glasses reminded me of:

    The yoyo
    The pogo stick
    The hat with the beer cans on top of it and the tubes
    The Bling "Gaming" case with neons that I disconnected
    The Superfloppy
    The external CD Burner
    The ex-wife

    All terribly short experiences of delight (dynamic quality) followed by a feeling of bewilderment and a sense that I had been played by a consumerist market.

    C Wright Mills please save me ... from myself.

    Chris ... is there a cure ?
  • 13 Hide
    ravnoscc , June 29, 2010 2:18 PM
    I have a question:

    Could you explain how the bezels are compensated for in 3D Surround mode? I am trying to imagine how having 2-3 inch spaces in between each projected image would look in 3 dimensions... Having difficulty, but maybe a short explanation?
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    theroguex , June 29, 2010 2:21 PM
    So long as there is a bezel, there is no point to having surround in games. None at all.

    Well, racing games could get away with it.
  • 2 Hide
    rocky1234 , June 29, 2010 2:31 PM
    The future of gaming maybe but at this point the cost to get into it is off the charts so yes maybe is a few years when the cost of entry is about 70% cheaper then yes maybe. Also until they can get rid of the silly glasses I do not know to many people wanting to wear these silly glasses just to play a game.
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    Poisoner , June 29, 2010 2:39 PM
    killerclickWhat are those lines between the screens? Oh yeah, it's the black plastic the monitors are made of! Three monitor gaming = FAIL.

    It maybe fail but I bet it would look good on your dual socket motherboard.
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    CaptainBib , June 29, 2010 2:42 PM
    Once this technology matures, then it will be a revelation.

    Although 3D is something I see as more of a fad; for the next 2-4 years it will be huge, then it will fade into oblivion.
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    killerclick , June 29, 2010 2:42 PM
    I didn't use Trinitron CRTs because of that tiny teenie line in the middle, I sure as hell wouldn't use three monitors for gaming with those giant bezels.
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    killerclick , June 29, 2010 2:47 PM
    CaptainBibOnce this technology matures, then it will be a revelation.Although 3D is something I see as more of a fad; for the next 2-4 years it will be huge, then it will fade into oblivion.


    3D has been coming and going for decades. I wasn't impressed 20 years ago and I'm not impressed now.
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    Dirtman73 , June 29, 2010 3:02 PM
    It's a fad, and it's going to continue to be a fad until the technology doesn't make people sick with vertigo.
  • 7 Hide
    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 29, 2010 3:07 PM
    I think they should just create wider curved screens. This multiple screen thing.....
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    dark_lord69 , June 29, 2010 3:35 PM
    Well, it certainly would be cool but honestly who has the money to spend on 3 3D monitors? Plus you would need a hell of a video card setup as well.

    Say the monitors are $200 each.
    Then your gonna need a couple good video cards say $150 - $200 each.

    So 200 X 3 = 600
    Plus 150 X 2 = 300
    So we are talking $900 on the low end.
    Up to about $1,500 on the higher end.
    Plus these monitors are 3D meaning $200 is unrealistic. It would be more like $350 on the low end.

    Because of the extremely high cost of having 3 monitors I don't see it really taking off. If you ask me it's just a way for nVidia and ATi to try and lower the frame rates of your games so you need to buy a better video card and spend more money. Because, lets be honest, that is what they want.

    If you want a big monitor do like I did... I have a 37" LCD HDTV that I used as my monitor. With 0% intrest I pay on $28 a month. I don't care if you work at McDonalds that price is doable.
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    spartanii , June 29, 2010 3:43 PM
    Ok how about OLED Glasses with some sort of gyroscopic sensor that when you turn your head the screen turns too. I thought OLED tech was suppose to be coming. Or how about this metal rod that you shove into the back of your skull then your mind gets downloaded into some sort of cyperspace world. I swear if they ever invent true virtual reality, like the holodeck from star trek, the human race will slowly die out.
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