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Folding for Guru3D - NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround
Folding@Home using the GeForce GPUs
Folding at Home is a project where you can have your GPU or CPU (when the PC is not used) help out solving diseases, folding proteins. Over the past 12 months a lot of progress has been made between the two parties involved. And right now there is a beta folding client available that works with GeForce Series 8, 9 and GTX 200/400/500 graphics processors. It is CUDA based... meaning that all CUDA ready GPUs can start folding.
Guru3D team is ranking in the Folding@Home top 50, yes... I'm very proud of our guys crunching these numbers, especially since there are tens of thousands of other teams.
The client is out, if possible please join team Guru3D and let's fold away some nasty stuff. The good thing is, you won't even notice that it's running.
Our Folding@Home info can be found here:
- Team Guru3D Homepage
- Team Guru3D support forums
- GPU2 -> GPU3 Transition Guide For Windows + Link To Linux
Our team number is 69411 and if you decide to purchase a GeForce GTX 200/400/500 product, guys, promise me you'll use it to fold for us. Of course I recommend all GeForce owners give this a try. By making this move my dear friends, there are now 100+ million GPUs available to compute the biggest mysteries in diseases and illnesses. Again, let's make Team Guru3D the biggest one available guys, join our team.
NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround
Along with the Series 400 GPUs also comes a technology called NVIDIA 3D Surround -- which now is supported by their latest GeForce Forceware drivers (download here).
3D Vision Surround allows you to play on three 3D displays simultaneously, and span your entire game across all three panels for a very immersive, rocking 3D environment. Of course, an idea carefully borrowed from ATI (Eyefinity) with the addition of the 3D Stereo part that is. Would ATI not have introduced Eyefinity, then NVIDIA would have never tried to integrate this technology. So who doesn't love competition?
First off, you can also use this Surround technology in 2D mode too -- 3D Stereo with glasses is really not a requirement. So to recap: 3D Vision Surround offers 3D Vision support spanned across three displays, effectively allowing you to run three 3D displays simultaneously.
We mentioned this a paragraph or two ago already, there is a downside alright. SLI will be a requirement as the cards can only cope with 2 DVI outputs. This rule even applies to the GeForce GTX 570 and 580. So yes, two cards set up in SLI are a requirement, making gaming on three monitors definitely an expensive thing to accomplish. But granted, it really is a heck of a lot of fun though.
Considering you have three screens AND 3D Vision to render... my advice to mid-range product owners is stick with just one monitor. To give you a tiny bit of an idea what Surround View and Eyefinity monitor setups look like, we have two small videos.
The upper video shows the Aliens Versus Predator benchmark in a tri-monitor setup, the lower video shows Test 2 of the Lost Planet 2 benchmark. Both titles are DirectX 11 by the way, set up with heavy image quality settings and AA modes.
Mind you that the YouTube video conversion makes the the video seem much more laggy than it is in reality.
NVIDIA includes software controls for bezel correction allowing you to compensate for monitor bezel gaps. So to recap once more, NVIDIA 3D Surround is a derivative, much like ATI Eyefinity, which will also work with three monitors; surround vision with the 3D goggles is not a requirement, an SLI setup however is unless you use a GeForce GTX 590 (which basically is two cards into one).
We have written an article on this technology right here.
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