NVIDIA’s 3D Vision Surround: A Game Changing Experience?

Author: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
Date: June 28, 2010
Product Name: NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround
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Our Test System & ErgoTech’s Triple Monitor Stand

When it comes to implementing a brand new system and testing everything to its max in under a week, certain strings have to be pulled. Timing was extremely tight with this article (I still didn’t have enough time to include everything I wanted) and if it wasn’t for the generosity of several companies, there is no way our piece would be anywhere near complete in time for launch. So, in this section we’re giving a bit of face value to the components that made up our test system.

Digital Storm's 3D Vision PC

After a massive culling of the industry over the last few years, there aren’t that many boutique PC manufacturers around anymore. Digital Storm proved there was still place for a company to stay independent of the Dells and HPs of this world while still offering excellent customer service and top-end build quality. Their business practices revolve around offering everything from ultra high end systems to more budget friendly solutions to gamers who want to just unpack and get playing as soon as possible. They are one of the many companies that have jumped on board NVIDIA’s 3D Vision PC initiative and as such the system we received came preset with all of the options necessary to enjoy Surround in three dimensions.

Wrapped within the stunning exterior of a Silverstone Fortress FT02 is a system most enthusiasts would be more than happy to have running their gaming experience. It includes a Core i7 960, EVGA X58 FTW3 SLI motherboard, 6GB of memory, a pair of GTX 480 cards and literally everything else you could possibly want in a gaming rig.

Amazingly, even with a pair of GTX 480 cards, this system is amazingly quiet since the massive bottom-mounted fans effectively push air up towards the exposed heatsinks of the GPUs as well as the Noctua heatsink. It’s not often we see a passively cooled setup in an enthusiast system but this was accomplished by Digital Storm to great effect.

There is one thing we should mention: Digital Storm, if you are selling a high-powered enthusiast grade system, at least have the forethought to include an 80 Plus Silver rated power supply. The unit provided only meets standard 80Plus certification.

Acer GD235HZ 23.6”, 120Hz LCD

Billed as one of the first 1080P, 120Hz monitors on the market geared directly at gamers, Acer’s $390 GD235HZ will likely be the monitor of choice for people looking for the best possible 3D Vision Surround experience. It uses a TN panel so viewing angles aren’t all that great but for the most part colours are accurately represented after calibration as long as you are looking at it straight-on. If anything, the orange base is sure to get people looking twice, unless you use the next bit of hardware we received….

ErgoTech’s Triple Monitor Stand

One of the main issues with any triple monitor surround setup is the amount of space it takes up on your desk. ErgoTech is a company that produces a wide range of solutions which are designed to clear up some of the clutter by incorporating multiple monitors into a single unified stand. Their triple monitor stand is pricy at around $330 but in our opinion more than worth the investment, especially considering it is one of the few stands on the market that allows for three 24" panels.

Overall the setup of this stand was extremely easy and the construction is of the absolute highest quality steel construction. There are limitations regarding the monitor size Ergotech’s solution will accept but they are grounded well within reality: any 24” 16:9 or 16:10 monitor will fit due to the innovative telescoping arms.

The system also includes a VESA mountable, fully adjustable bracket that allows the monitor to rotate, pivot, pitch, height adjust and slide along the stand’s arms for additional fine tuning of your viewing experience.


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