Nvidia 3D Vision Vs. AMD HD3D: 18 Games, Evaluated

DiRT 3

Native AMD HD3D Support:

Excellent 3D result, but could not capture stereoscopic image

The 3D option doesn't appear in DirectX 9 mode. That makes sense though, since all Radeon cards that support HD3D are DirectX 11-capable.

This game delivers the best-looking native HD3D support that we’ve seen, with great depth and no visual flaws of which to speak. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take a screen shot to demonstrate the result, though it's very similar to the TriDef image below. While this article doesn’t focus on performance, we noticed that it really suffers when DiRT 3 is operating in native stereoscopic HD3D mode.

AMD HD3D and the TriDef Ignition Driver:

Good 3D result in DirectX 9 with Virtual 3D mode; DirectX 11 does not work

The TriDef driver provides an excellent stereoscopic experienceThe TriDef driver provides an excellent stereoscopic experience

The TriDef Ignition software won't launch this game in DirectX 11 mode, but it does launch if the DirectX 9 code path is forced by tweaking the hardware_settings.cfg file. Normal 3D mode causes horrible artifacts, but Virtual 3D seems to work beautifully. Curiously, the performance is much better here than the game’s native HD3D option.

Nvidia 3D Vision:

Good 3D result with lowered details, but could not capture stereoscopic image

This title has some anomalies with shadows, ambient occlusion, and post-processing effects. If they're set to the lowest-quality option, what comes out the other end is really quite attractive. Some slight lens flare artifacts remain, but they aren't too distracting. There are also some water reflection artifacts. Bodies of water are rare in this game, though, so we don't consider this much of a problem.

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  • the_krasno
    3D is over hyped in my opinion, it will be some more time before games can correctly exploit it.
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  • cleeve
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    here is a misarable pro-Intel campaign. Those reporters dedicate the article to AMD and Nvidia and they consider necessary to remind about Intel. Why? How much money you get for this hidden campaign pro Intel?


    So for you it'd be responsible journalism if we noticed a problem with hardware and buried it so our readers wouldn't find out?

    Or are you saying we shouldn't report negative findings we notice from any product? Or do you mean just AMD?

    From where I'm sitting, what you're suggesting isn't even handed and fair journalism...
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  • cleeve
    Anonymous said:
    you jerks messed up the cross view images. why did you include empty black space between the frames. the need to touch, the further apart and the larger the images the harder it is. I can do it fine with the pictures on Wikipedia but these ones are impossible.


    No. The borders are there to help you focus. If the images were touching, your eyes would pick out the discrepancy on the edge and make crossviewing more difficult.

    And what's with "jerks"...? Was name calling really necessary? :)
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  • Other Comments
  • renick
    nvidia 3d vision is best in all............
    -24
  • Kamab
    Except for the ones where it's not recommended. Good thing I have one on this rig! Now I just got to shell out some cash for some 3D Tech.
    3
  • the_krasno
    3D is over hyped in my opinion, it will be some more time before games can correctly exploit it.
    22
  • falchard
    Everytime nVidia pushes out a proprietary format they shoot themselves in the foot. They just can't make it marketable with such a low market share. You need something like Microsofts 90% market share to think about making a closed standard.
    Anyone notice the bevel on the Samsung model. That beautiful for multi-monitor.
    3
  • Scanlia
    Great comprehensive review! Loved it.
    4
  • alyoshka
    Nice one, and really long awaited.
    3
  • Anonymous
    i tried Tridef in EVE online, absolutely stunning. :)
    7
  • SteelCity1981
    Quote:
    During preliminary testing, we noticed that a decent Phenom II X4 had some trouble providing smooth frame rates, and mid-level graphics cards were cut down to their knees


    Time for Bulldozer!!!
    6
  • assassin123
    i loved it great review keep it up
    8
  • RazberyBandit
    Would it kill Tom's to use high-resolution pop-up pics? It's nearly impossible to discern any differences in detail or artifacts when comparing such low-resolution images. C'mon...1024 x 317? Seriously?
    -4
  • shin0bi272
    I thought we just had a report a month ago that 3d stuff was bad for your brain. shouldnt we be waiting to see if there's any real permanent damage from this tech before we jump right in and start using it?
    -9
  • bradleyg5
    you jerks messed up the cross view images. why did you include empty black space between the frames. the need to touch, the further apart and the larger the images the harder it is. I can do it fine with the pictures on Wikipedia but these ones are impossible.
    -9
  • hyteck9
    The unwritten message here is that this is all totally unacceptable. If I had shelled out major cash for 3D hardware, and then discovered only some 3D games are playable... I'd be yelling "shenanigans" from the highest mountain top. WHAT YEAR IS THIS? Nobody puts up with this "incompatable" crap anymore... its not 1980. Kudo's to Nvidia for trying to lock down polished experiences. Shame on any Game Software vendor that uses the 3D logo and doesn't deliver the goods. that is "False Advertising" as far as I am concerned and they better put a leash on it before they get sued. It sounds like Nvidia has a framework that succeeds when licensed, and game companies shy away from it due to its cost and/or red tape. Fine... Then don't release a 3D game!!! Sheesh. The more broken 3D crap Vendors put on the market, the more people will assume 3D itself is broken, which clearly isn't the case. Stop ruining the reputation of 3D by releasing half-ass'd titles please!
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  • hyteck9
    Props to BulletStorm and Metro 2033 for being the only titles that simply "worked" on both Nvidia and AMD soltuions.. They have provem it "can" be done and everyone else should hang their head in shame.
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  • drwho1
    Still not interested on 3D, nice article though.
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  • pro-gamer
    wow! man whats a battle between nvidia and amd
    in my opinion both are great......
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  • Anonymous
    here is a misarable pro-Intel campaign. Those reporters dedicate the article to AMD and Nvidia and they consider necessary to remind about Intel. Why? How much money you get for this hidden campaign pro Intel?
    -20
  • cleeve
    Quote:
    here is a misarable pro-Intel campaign. Those reporters dedicate the article to AMD and Nvidia and they consider necessary to remind about Intel. Why? How much money you get for this hidden campaign pro Intel?


    So for you it'd be responsible journalism if we noticed a problem with hardware and buried it so our readers wouldn't find out?

    Or are you saying we shouldn't report negative findings we notice from any product? Or do you mean just AMD?

    From where I'm sitting, what you're suggesting isn't even handed and fair journalism...
    21
  • cleeve
    Anonymous said:
    you jerks messed up the cross view images. why did you include empty black space between the frames. the need to touch, the further apart and the larger the images the harder it is. I can do it fine with the pictures on Wikipedia but these ones are impossible.


    No. The borders are there to help you focus. If the images were touching, your eyes would pick out the discrepancy on the edge and make crossviewing more difficult.

    And what's with "jerks"...? Was name calling really necessary? :)
    16
  • cleeve
    Anonymous said:
    3D is over hyped in my opinion, it will be some more time before games can correctly exploit it.


    Hype: maybe.

    But as far as games that correctly exploit it, they are already out there. There are some game titles that have superb stereoscopic support already.
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