3D Vision Surround

FAQ

How many displays do I need to run 3D Vision Surround?

3D Vision Surround requires three displays or projectors. You can use a variety of displays, including LCD monitors, TVs, or projectors. Please view the 3D Vision Surround system requirements for a full list of supported products

Please note: NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround and NVIDIA Surround does not support a two display surround configuration. Both NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround and NVIDIA Surround require three supported displays as defined in the system requirements above.

Does 3D Vision Surround support 2D displays?

Yes, you can run Surround in 2D mode. We call this mode Surround (2D). Make sure that 3D Vision is disabled from the Stereoscopic 3D control panel to use Surround (2D) mode.

What GPUs does 3D Vision Surround support?

Please view the 3D Vision Surround system requirements for a full list of supported products.

Please note that in the first Beta v258.69 driver for 3D Vision Surround, we do not recommend running GeForce GTX 295 Quad SLI because there are bugs in the driver which may result in system instability. We will be providing a future driver update to support this configuration.

Can I use HDMI connectors to run 3D Vision Surround?

3D Vision-Ready LCDs require dual-link DVI connectors and will not work with HDMI connectors. However, you can use HDMI connectors with 3D Vision Projectors that support HDMI input.

Note: 3D DLP HDTVs do use HDMI connectors, but 3D Vision Surround does not support using 3D DLP TVs.

What resolutions does Surround support?

Surround requires three displays to operate. Surround resolutions are calculated by arranging your monitors in portrait or landscape mode and then multiplying the horizontal resolution by three times a single display in that mode (portrait or landscape).

The following table illustrates some common aspect ratios and resolutions:


Standard Displays

Landscape Mode

Portrait Mode
4:3
1280x1024
12:3
3840x1024
9:4
3072x1280
16:9
1920x1080
48:9
5760x1080
27:16
3240x1920
16:10
1920x1200
48:10
5760x1200
15:8
3600x1920

Note: 3D Vision-Ready LCDs do not support portrait mode. However, you can run 3D Vision Surround with 3D projectors in portrait mode.

Can I use 3D Vision Surround with three displays and setup an Accessory display that is not in 3D?

At this time, accessory displays are only supported in Surround (2D) configuration.

Can I use a GeForce GTX 295 in 3D Vision Surround?

There are two versions of the GeForce GTX 295 card. One card version has two DVI and one HDMI connectors, the other version has two DVI connectors. The card with DVI and one HDMI does work in 3D Vision Surround but only with 3D projectors. It does not work with 3D Vision-Ready LCDs since they require three dual-link DVI connectors on the GPU, which are only available when you are running SLI (two cards).

You can also pair two GeForce GTX 295 cards in Quad SLI mode and work with 3D Vision Surround mode in a future driver update. However, please note that in the first Beta driver for 3D Vision Surround, we do not recommend running GeForce GTX 295 Quad SLI because there are bugs in the driver which may result in system instability. We will be providing a future driver update to support this configuration.