3D Gaming: Not for Everyone, but a Lot of Fun
By Michael J. Miller
In my post on watching the Masters Golf Tournament in 3D, I mentioned that I was using a PC that’s specifically designed for 3D gaming. In particular, it’s an Alienware system equipped with a special 3D-capable monitor and Nvidia’s 3D Vision kit for drivers and glasses. I’m not really a gamer, but I have to say that what I’ve seen so far has been quite impressive.
The system I’m using is a Dell Alienware Area-51 desktop, with a 2.67-GHz Core i7 920 processor and an Nvidia GTX 260 graphics board with 1.8GB of graphics memory. In the world of gaming systems, that’s a mid-range configuration. It required a special 3D capable monitor, basically a 120-Hz LCD TV with a transmitter so it can connect to the active shutter glasses, in particular the Nvidia 3D vision set. I tried it with both Alienware OptX AW2310 and an Acer HD23HZS, the only two 23-inch 1920-by-1080, 120-Hz displays I know of (which looked nearly identical.) This set up costs about $2,700, although if you already have a gaming system, you’ll just need the kit (about $200 with one set of glasses) and a 3D-capable monitor.
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