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Alright so I've been looking around online a bit and I figure this is the best place to ask.

What are the requirements for 3D gaming? I read somewhere you only needed a 120HZ TV/Monitor but reading Nvidia's website, it seems fare more than that is required?

Are the displays listed on AMD/Nvidia's websites the only ones that work? Say I purchase a Q270 27'', 120HZ 1440p(Korean monitor), would there be a way to make it work in 3D?

How bad is the performance hit? I read somewhere it basically halves your FPS(makes sense because 3D basically sends an image to each eye).

Does it hurt the eyes? Can you game for 2-3hrs straight in 3D without any issues?

Overall, would you say it is worth it?

That's all for now.

Bonus question. 3D Vision or HD3D, which is the way to go?

Thank you all.

Edit: Also, if a game doesn't support 3D, there's simply no way to force it right?
Edited by Juub - 8/30/13 at 5:44am
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I haven't been keeping up to date with the tech but

Are the displays listed on AMD/Nvidia's websites the only ones that work? Say I purchase a Q270 27'', 120HZ 1440p(Korean monitor), would there be a way to make it work in 3D?

If you want to use nvidia 3dvision you need to buy a monitor that is nvidia 3dvision supported. Not to sure about the AMD 3d stuff.

How bad is the performance hit? I read somewhere it basically halves your FPS(makes sense because 3D basically sends an image to each eye).


I would say the performance hit is about 50%.

Does it hurt the eyes? Can you game for 2-3hrs straight in 3D without any issues?


Depends on the person, if possible check out the monitor before purchase.

Overall, would you say it is worth it?


Only if you think it is.

That's all for now.

Bonus question. 3D Vision or HD3D, which is the way to go?

3dvision if you want to play games in 3d.

Edit: You can force 3d to non supported games but how well it works is a coin toss. I've had non supported games work well enough and supported games look like crap.

I only only recommend 3d if your rig is strong enough.
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If you want 3dvision (nvidia) you need a 3dvision supported monitor.

I think AMD's HD3D can use any 120hz monitor but not too sure on this.

For nvidia's 3dvision you need to buy the glasses + receiver (if it needs one, some monitors have this built in now).
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If you want 3dvision (nvidia) you need a 3dvision supported monitor.

I think AMD's HD3D can use any 120hz monitor but not too sure on this.

For nvidia's 3dvision you need to buy the glasses + receiver (if it needs one, some monitors have this built in now).
Yeah 3D vision is far more expensive. Glasses+receiver sell for 129$ at full retail price which on top of the display makes it a lot. I'll receive my Gigabyte Windforce 7950's today, I don't suppose CrossFireX works with HD3D?
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To enable AMD HD3D technology in CrossFire™ mode utilize Catalyst 11.12 or later for ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 series graphics or later.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/amd-hd3d/Pages/3d-desktop-graphics.aspx
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Oh forgot to mention, you need an nvidia card to do 3dvision.

On a single 7950, my recommendation would be to get one of the Korean overclockable monitors and forget about 3d.

If you plan to Xfire eventually maybe consider getting a 3d monitor in preparation.

Have fun whatever you decide!
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