Published in Graphics
AMD has 3D stereo via iZ3D monitor
by Fuad Abazovic on17 December 2008
Free for Radeon users
It looks like AMD solved at least one problem when it comes to what Nvidia calls graphics plus. It can now support stereoscopic gaming, something that Nvidia calls 3D stereo. A company called iZ3D just announced that its new driver version 1.09 does support ATI Radeon cards and ATI 3D DLP output.
ATI cards will work with iZ3D's latest monitor, a 22-inch, 5ms, 1680x1050 widescreen display with 2 DVI and 1 VGA outs, and this monitor is selling for slightly above $300 in American e-tail.
If you buy this monitor you will get a $50 rebate, but only if you have a Radeon graphics card, and, of course, you would have to do it within 30 days.
Godfrey Cheng, the Director of Technical Marketing, thinks that a Radeon, 22-inch iZ3D stereoscopic monitor, glasses and driver are a match made in heaven.
The iZ3D 1.09 driver is compatible with DirectX PC games on Vista or XP with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of operating systems and the good news is that the monitor can work as a normal 2D monitor if you're not running a game. Most of the games that are out in the last five years should run fine.
The exclusive ATI 3D DLP output is free for AMD customers and all the other drivers can be purchased at $49.99 per output.
If you want to think it’s a bad thing that you need to buy a new monitor to make stereoscopic 3D gaming work, bear in mind that you will have to do the same for Nvidia’s 3D stereo. We still have to compare two to see how it works, and the biggest downside of iZ3D monitors is that they are only available in the USA, although there's always a chance we might be wrong about availability.