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Nvidia 3D Vision Surround: 3 Monitors With 3D

Nvidia came out in force today, unveiling the next generation of Tegra as well as bolstering its presence in the 3D marketplace. This concerns the latter.

I stopped by the Nvidia booth earlier today to catch up on the latest and greatest in 3D tech. The press conference earlier today covered most of the bases, but the 3D Vision Surround demo beckoned. 3D Vision Surround takes the existing 3D Vision concept/hardware and triples it. In other words, you're playing a PC title, in 3D, over three different screens.

The hardware needed inside your gaming machine isn't as simplified as AMD and the Radeon 5000 series cards that can power three displays on one card. The Surround setup requires two Nvidia cards in SLI; The demo on the show floor was running two "Next Generation" GF100 GPUs. One GPU powers the left and center displays, and the other powers the right display. In this case, the displays weren't monitors, rather three 120 Hz DLP projectors pointed at one very long screen. If you happen to have three 120 Hz monitors lying around, you should be good to go.

There's no word on pricing and specific GPU compatibility just yet (I was told it will work with most Nvidia GPUs), and the launch time frame is within the next three months.

More on CES 2010.

  • JasonAkkerman
    Just give us the damn 300 line already.
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  • noahjwhite
    Gotta say... this is pretty lame. I was hoping to see more from nVidia. 3D surround should "surround" you, not just be one wide screen. I see absolutely no practical purpose for a setup like this. 3D already "Surrounds" you if you sit close enough to the TV. It's also sad to see that running 3 monitors requires SLI. I'm waiting to see what nVidia has up there sleeve but I'm betting they're gonna get hammered this round.
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  • christop
    WEAK!!!!
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  • wesleywatson
    if you sit close enough to the TV.
    Wait, what? That's right everyone, you don't need a big TV, you just need to sit closer.
    sad to see that running 3 monitors requires SLI.
    I, uh, don't think anyone is going to about needing another graphics card when they've sunk thousands into multi-projector 3D system.
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  • dontknow123
    Home Imax?
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  • blacksins
    The hardware needed inside your gaming machine isn't as simplified as AMD and the Radeon 5000 series cards that can power three displays on one card. The Surround setup requires two Nvidia cards in SLI
    Yes Simplified.. what's wrong about that?? If AMD can run 3 displays in one card, then what's the advantage in Nvidia's new "idea"? who has 3 projectors in his home anyway??!!
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  • abbadon_34
    very disappointing. looks like old tech with new prices. give us something that will bring 3d to the masses. that is noteworth, THAT will sell.

    or at least come out with an amazing cheap powerful gpu ala the 8800 that took headlines for months and still tops sales by chip (G92). that's revolutionary, that's newsworth.
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  • zak_mckraken
    Not quite related to the topic, but this article just made me realize that, even though they're getting unpopular, having multiple DLP projectors can make a true borderless multi-monitor experience!
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  • ati FTW!
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  • That setup is awesome! how could anyone be disappointed by it? 300 inches of 3D gaming glory and people are disappointed? wtf? ...
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