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Gear up for 3D or DX11?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by ssmacc, 12 Oct 2009.

  1. ssmacc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Mar 2007

    Posts: 2,435

    Location: Macclesfield

    After seeing 3D games in action (thanks Overclockers!) I’m confused about my next upgrade (probably early next year). I did think the only choice was the 5850 (for my budget). However, I might start saving and go Nvidia based purely on 3D, I know I’d need a new monitor but I can sell my Hanns-G 28” (hopefully the 3D monitors will be available in 24” by then).

    I suppose my question is given a choice would people go for 3D over DX11? (lets assume I’m talking about now rather than wait for a 3D / DX11 compatible card.
  2. psychas


    Joined: 12 Jun 2007

    Posts: 8,726

    Location: Ireland

    well i hope you have loads of paracetamol 3d = big headaches
  3. phatboy


    Joined: 10 Dec 2004

    Posts: 6,725

    Location: Oxfordshire

    its all a bit gimmicky to me, but given that DX11 will become a base format eventually within windows, i would say that DX11 is probably better to aim for, in the case of futureproofing.

    The Nvidia 3d thing is quite cool, but will it last and be widely supported is the thing to ask?
  4. ssmacc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Mar 2007

    Posts: 2,435

    Location: Macclesfield

    i didn't think headaches were a problem with the new 3D? (I may well be wrong...)
  5. HeX


    Joined: 20 Jun 2004

    Posts: 11,983

    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    Indeed the new 3d uses much higher refresh rates.
  6. Jimbo Mahoney


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,294

    I was thinking along the same lines, or rather Eyefinity vs. 3DVision.

    I started a thread about it here:


    As you can see, the opinions were kinda split down the middle (no pun intended - Eyefinity bezels :p).

    The main problems as I see them are:

    3DVision = 'only' 22" monitor, may not work well in every game, framerate hit

    Eyefinity = displayport adapter or monitor required, framerate hit (less of an issue than 3DVision), may not work in every game (better support than 3DVision since it's just a case of adjusting the resolution / FOV)

    For many people, the cost of entry to both is about the same (possibly cheaper for 3DVision if you already have a card).

    Ultimately it comes down to 22" of true 3D vs. 72" of 2D 'surround', and without having the oppotunity to try both, it's hard to make a call.

    I'm almost tempted to buy both and sell the one I don't like...
  7. ssmacc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Mar 2007

    Posts: 2,435

    Location: Macclesfield

    Thanks for the info.
    If you buy both can I have the one you don't like :D
  8. Jimbo Mahoney


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,294

    What sort of discount would you be after? ;)
  9. Duran


    Joined: 30 Jun 2008

    Posts: 1,225

    wait for nvidia dx 11 cards so you can have both.
  10. Leviathan


    Joined: 26 Jun 2009

    Posts: 258

    I agree wait for NV dx11 cards i am :p if its going to b a wile i may just get a G275 to take the time up. im not that into Dx11 id go buy a ati card :S.
  11. fizzle-187

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jul 2009

    Posts: 1,550

    I went with 3D vision and I'm glad I did.

    It's amazing with LFD and it does not give me a headache at all. I don't wear glasses and my eyes are really powerful but I'm glad I went with it.

    I will go with DX11 when the GTX300 series are out. I'm currently using it with my GTX285 and it's brilliant.