Gamers are often seeking out the latest technology, and sometimes that means turning to the smaller computer companies. Boutique PC maker AVADirect is trying to beat bigger PC manufacturers to the punch by rolling out NVIDIA’s new 3D Vision Surround technology.
The new setup incorporates NVIDIA’s well-documented experience with 3D gaming and fires a shot across the bow of rival ATI, who up until now has focused on easing the use of multiple displays driven by a single PC. 3D Vision Surround spreads gaming across multiple monitors, to a maximum of three.
NVIDIA says that the technology can support up to three 2560×1600 monitors in 2D gaming modes or three 1920×1080 monitors in 3D gaming modes. Unlike ATI’s version of multi-display gaming, however, a minimum of two discrete graphics cards is required to run all three monitors simultaneously.
The real draw to NVIDIA’s implementation, however, is the fact that it works with almost any PC game out there. 3D Vision Surround essentially converts 2D games into 3D in real time, offering users a stereoscopic 3D experience. Paired with NVIDIA’s active shutter glasses, the effect is striking, even on games that might not have been custom tweaked.
AVADirect’s setup starts at $2465, which is definitely a pricey option. With that, however, comes a 120Hz Acer 3D gaming display, NVIDIA’s active shutter glasses, a quad-core Core i7-930 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 graphics card. Suddenly, the price seems a bit more reasonable (though the default 3GB of system memory seems a bit cheap).
AVADirect excels at customization, though, and if your wallet is big enough, you’ll be able to push NVIDIA’s 3D Vision Surround to eleven. Three GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards, three Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 1920×1080 displays. Expensive, yes, but playing all your favorite games in 3D at 5760×1080 might just be worth the $4500 it would cost.