A second (more complete) look at the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit

Last month, I did a first take on the Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Kit. At the time I'd only very briefly tested it and not at all thoroughly. Since then, thanks to help from Nvidia I've been able to move past the bugs mentioned in the first take.

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Last month, I did a first take on the Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Kit. At the time, I'd only very briefly tested it and not at all thoroughly. Since then, thanks to help from Nvidia (new glasses, video card, and monitors) I've been able to move past the bugs mentioned in the first take.

This time, I did it big with an NVidia GeForce 280GTX, baby! Playing around with this card made me weep, as it's only $330, vs. the $600 ATI card I bought three years ago that's starting to disappoint me.

With the new card, there seemed to be only minor improvements to how well the 3D effect is handled. With Unreal Tournament 3, which seems to scale with hardware pretty well, the new card made for a smoother, more pleasant experience, but not a particularly more/better 3D one.

Right now, as far as PC LCD monitors go, there are two that allow you to take advantage of this technology: the Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ and the ViewSonic VX2265wm .

Both cost about $400, which is quite expensive for a 22-incher, seeing as how the Gateway HD2201 can be found for about $200. Still, when it works, the 3D effect enhances a game's immersiveness. I just feel the technology is a few years off from going mainstream.

If you watch the video after the jump, be aware that we cannot show what the 3D effect looks like on camera. Some of what you see in the video is Unreal Tournament 3 with the 3D effect turned on. You're seeing it as someone would if they didn't have on 3D glasses.

Find about whether the Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision kit is worth shelling out $200 bucks for by reading the full review at CNET Reviews .

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Gateway HD2201

The Bottom Line: The 22-inch Gateway HD2201 monitor boasts great movies and games performance, includes both HDMI and DVI connections, and has a low price. / Read full review

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ViewSonic FuHzion VX2265wm

The Bottom Line: The ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion's compatibly with stereoscopic 3D gaming is its only saving grace. Its lack of features, however, makes it impossible to recommend. / Read full review

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Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ

The Bottom Line: The Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ is the best choice for 120Hz 3D stereoscopic gaming on the PC, with great movie playback to boot. For all other needs, there are cheaper alternatives. / Read full review

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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