Tom's Hardware's 2009 Gift Guide: Part 2, System Add-Ons

Eyewear: GeForce 3D Vision

www.nvidia.com
$199
By: Devin Connors

From 3D movies like Avatar to the hardware being pushed by Silcon Valley, 3D technology seems to be the future for digital entertainment. Nvidia is putting its weight behind enabling 3D gaming, picture, and movies, and the GeForce Vision 3D kit represents the graphics giant's foray into this not-quite-new, but rapidly developing frontier.

In the 3D Vision Kit box, you’ll find a pair of active shutter LCD glasses (with pouch and cleaning cloth), a 3D Vision USB controller/IR emitter, VESA to 2.5mm stereo cable, DVI to HDMI cable, a USB cable (A to mini-B), and the install CD.

The stereoscopic LCD glasses are “based on modern sunglasses,” and certainly have some futuristic, angular style to them. The glasses are very lightweight (1.76 ounces), and have built-in rechargeable batteries (via USB).

The best part about the 3D Vision Kit and the technology behind it is its compatibility with previously-existing software. Nvidia claims it works with over 350 DirectX game titles, with no need for tweaking or special patches. This means that older titles like Battleifleld 2 and Call of Duty 4 can come to life in 3D without you pulling your hair out trying to get it working. New titles like Resident Evil 5 and Batman: Arkham Asylum come “3D Vision Ready,” meaning they are actively optimized for the Vision kit.

The one caveat with 3D Vision is the required display technology. In order to use Nvidia’s 3D Vision with your TV or computer, you need a 120 Hz display or a DLP TV. Since most LCD monitors are 60 Hz (unless stated otherwise), you’ll need to upgrade in order to take advantage of the 3D functionality. Actually using GeForce 3D Vision is also taxing on your graphics card, since each scene is essentially rendered twice. You'll need a GeForce graphics card, and we'd recommend using something with some muscle behind it, like a GTX 285 or two. For more on our GeForce 3D Vision coverage, check out this launch story from earlier in 2009.

If you have a 120 Hz display, a compatible Nvidia graphics card, and a Windows Vista/7-based PC, the 3D Vision Kit from Nvidia will bring your games to life with eye-popping performance and 3D so real, you’d swear that Navy Seal with the SCAR is actually in your room barking orders.

Chris' Take: while it would have been good to catch Sarah with these one, we didn't. Boo.

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  • tortnotes
    And here I was hoping we could all be mature enough to act normally if--gasp!--there are photos of a woman.

    ..sigh.
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  • DjEaZy
    ... interesting... it is very hard to read the descriptions or look on the products... i wonder why... [?]
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  • shubham1401
    That dress is cute!
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  • presidenteody
    i need a napkin
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  • tacoslave
    presidenteodyi need a napkin


    o.k...
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  • tortnotes
    And here I was hoping we could all be mature enough to act normally if--gasp!--there are photos of a woman.

    ..sigh.
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  • tacoslave
    ok some troll went through all of our comments and by the way @presidentteody come on this is toms not fapfest 09 holiday edition! Leave the immaturity to the Apple fanboys!
    1
  • jebusv20
    tomshardware, a forum for men.

    with heads below the belt
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  • The Lady Slayer
    "PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."

    Only if you've never heard of Corsair.
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  • xaira
    was she really the best they could do?
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  • nlcbryan
    oh my..i think i've been living in a hole or something. When i saw how they described the ZuneHD functionality, im horror struck! All in the small thing? even 10hrs ?? wow im amazed..
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  • Gedoe_
    +1 for using the same cute girl as last year (apparently your still together)
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  • cangelini
    gedoe_+1 for using the same cute girl as last year (apparently your still together)


    Hehe, last year Alicia, my wife, was in the gift guide. This year it's Sarah, who has done these since, I think, like 2005?
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  • Harby
    The Lady Slayer"PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."Only if you've never heard of Corsair.


    Actually, Corsair is better only if you've never heard of PCP&C. Unless you need modular bling crap that shoot lasers and whatnot.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    Does the Dell U2410 monitor have an IPS panel?
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  • cknobman
    maybe im in the minority here but the girl just dosnt do that much for me. Dont get me wrong shes not ugly or anything but just not my cup of tea.

    As for the zune description....very impressive :)
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  • Anonymous
    Or you could get a 27 inch LG for 200 bucks cheaper.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005127
    Tpk=W2753V%20PF
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  • bill gates is your daddy
    I was going to add $0.02 and make some lurid comment about wanting Sarah to pose with my USB stick so I could take pictures and post on the interwebs but then I noticed something.

    How many pictures did this poor girl have to pose for? By the end of the photoshoot did you at least get her drunk for her troubles?
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  • tamalero
    The Lady Slayer"PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."Only if you've never heard of Corsair.



    you're clearly a sad individual and dont know about real quality if you claim that Corsair is better than PC Power & cooling.
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  • Anonymous
    Actually, in the "low end" up to 850W Silencer series, Corsair and PC Power&Cooling uses the same parts look on reviews when they disassemble the PSUs both using Seasonic and Corsair is always cheaper so it is the way to go,I got a 850w 70amp/12v for the price of a 750 PC P&C and both offers 5 year of warranty. BUT if you want a 860w+ like the 1.2Kw PC Power&Cooling is the way to go(Better quality than the HX1000 from corsair) if you have the money. And the turbo cool series from PC P&C offers 7 years warranty.
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  • Anonymous
    I forgot to add the fan on the Corsairs vs PC P&C Silencer series, the corsairs 140mm which is much quieter than the Silencer series.The Turbo cool from pc p&c is 860w+
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