Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 08:03:34 Wed, June 03, 2009 - 1 Comments
Yesterday Nvidia sent me an email with a link to this site. I looked at it briefly and I was confused about the red and blue glasses the page mentions. The 3D Vision I am familar with does not use red and blue glasses. Well this article at PC Perspective explains it all.
Remember when I said:
"...is the 3D gaming experience that GeForce 3D Vision provides worth the price? Well that really depends on the person. If you have enough money to buy it (without destroying your budget) and you have tried it for yourself then you could probably justify the cost."
Well apparently Nvidia has realized that $598 dollars (they dropped the price by $1!) is way too much money to spend on something that you can't appreciate until you try it.
Let me leave you this quote from PC Perspective's review:
The original “red/blue” method of producing a stereo 3D image is called “anaglyph” and is able to give each eye its own image by superimposing each frame of a video with a different color hue. The viewer then wears correctly tinted glasses that filter out every other frame so that each is presented with a unique view. Unfortunately the dramatic tinting of the image is nearly impossible for the brain to remove completely and thus seeing any kind of high quality content in this format was not acceptable.
Maybe my 3D Vision gear will become a collectors item...and maybe this is why Nvidia is letting me keep the 3D Vision hardware they sent me...
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 12:27:58 Thu, June 11, 2009 - 7 Comments
ATI is settling a lawsuit related to their false claims of HDCP compatibility, which means that many people could be eligible for some free video cards. If you purchased a video card that was made by ATI (not Sapphire, VisionTek, Asus etc.) between January 1, 2003 to March 31, 2006 you should totally submit your authorized claim.
Here is the nitty gritty:
You are a class member if, while residing in the United States, you purchased for your own personal use and not for resale an ATI graphics card (that means a card built by or for ATI, not by or for another company such as Asus, Diamond, Gigabyte, Palit, Sapphire, or VisionTek) from one of the following series: Radeon 9550; Radeon 9800; Radeon x700; Radeon x800; Radeon x850; Radeon x1300; Radeon x1600; Radeon x1800; Radeon x1900; All-in-Wonder 9800; All-in-Wonder 2006; All-in-Wonder x600; All-in-Wonder x800; All-in-Wonder x1800; All-in-Wonder x1900; or any FireGL or FireMV series of graphics cards. You must have made your purchase during the period from January 1, 2003 to March 31, 2006.
What does the settlement provide?
If 55,500 or fewer authorized claims are submitted, each authorized claimant will receive one Radeon 4650 512MB PCI express graphics card for each authorized claim they submit. If greater than 55,500, but less than 71,501, authorized claims are submitted, each authorized claimant will receive one Radeon 2400 256MB PCI express graphics card for each authorized claim he or she submits.
If greater than 71,500 authorized claims are submitted, each authorized claimant will receive a cash payment in the amount of his or her pro rata share of $3,000,000. For example, if the total number of authorized claims is 71,501, each authorized claimant will receive a check in the amount of $41.95 for each authorized claim he or she submits. The amount of any potential cash payment thus will vary depending on the number of authorized claims.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 09:32:02 Fri, June 26, 2009 - 6 Comments
Not much going on in the word of video cards lately... The biggest news related to video cards is that I have just signed up for Twitter. So now you can totally follow along as I live my totally fascinating life. I will find out if Mike has a Twitter account (I am almost sure he does) and I will link it here.