Legit Review was lucky enough to get a hold of the 3D Vision glasses and Samsung monitor in their hands before CES and now they have posted a very informative article after spending 30 days with it. I only hope that my review ends up being just as good. I am currently talking to Nvidia about getting a review unit and right now I am waiting for a monitor to become available. Now that Legit Review is (finally) done with their monitor, maybe I will get the one they were using!
Here are some things highlighted in the review that I was unaware of:
There are configurable keyboard shortcuts for modifying several 3D Vision settings while you are still in game. On that same page is information on 3D laser sights. Nvidia has been able to place the in-game laser sight at the correct depth for some games, but for other games, you can choose a 3D laser sight that will appear on your target. At the bottom of the page, you get some details on taking 3D screenshots that you can view using an included 3D picture viewer. Saving screenshots in 3D equals awesome in my book.
The author of this article compared the Samsung 2233RZ 3D monitor to his Samsung 204B monitor. That is totally sweet because I use a Samsung 204B for my gaming needs. In the picture below you can see the widescreen 2233RZ on the left and the 204B on the right.
On this page you can find a table showing the performance hit (in Left 4 Dead) that enabling 3D Vision has on a quad core system with a single GTX 260 with 216 shaders. Since I have 2 GTX 280s in SLI, I will be able to provide more data about the performance drop on a single card and also two cards. I also want to give you guys some data from more than one game. I wanna try out Far Cry 2, F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin and Fallout 3 for sure.
The last thing that suprised me is that when you play each game for the first time with 3D Vision enabled, Nvidia displays some pretty useful info. You get a rating from Nvidia on how well the game takes advantage of 3D Vision and some tips on how to get the best experience in the game you are in.
I want to end this story with something I really hope I can pull off. I want to measure the effects of playing an exciting/terrifying game in 3D versus playing it in 2D. So I am going to look for a way to monitor my heart rate while playing Left 4 Dead (on expert) and F.E.A.R 2. If you guys know of a cheap or easy way for me to record some medical data, please leave a comment on this story.