[Chimera-users] Recommended HW for Chimera 3D

Sabuj Pattanayek sabujp at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 13:16:59 PST 2010

The oldest card that'll work in Linux is the Quadro 3700. Sharper
Technology will sell you the whole bundle for less than $900
(http://www.sharpertechnology.com/3d_vision_quadro.html) or in pieces,
e.g. the Quadro 3700 by itself (Note PNY warranties don't work through
Ebay if you don't purchase from a "store"), You can see if they'll
sell you one of the bigger ACERs (23 or 24" 120Hz 1920x1080 or x1200)
rather than the 1680x1050 22" samsung as well.

On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM, Greg Couch <gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:
> On 12/07/2010 12:36 PM, Marek Basler wrote:
>> Hi,
>> what would be recommended HW and OS for trouble free 3D using glasses
>> with new 120Hz LCDs? Linux or Win? What is the best graphics card? I
>> don't care about money but nothing crazy either. Any suggestions?
>> Thanks a lot!
>> Marek
> NVIDIA appears to have temporarily cornered the market.  And Linux has
> the least overhead.  So my recommendation would be to use Linux (my
> current favorite is Ubuntu 10.10) with a NVIDIA Quadro card that has a
> 3-pin stereo connector (so the 4000, 5000 or 6000, or an older FX 3800
> or better), and NVIDIA 3D Vision or 3D Vision Pro glasses.  The NVIDIA
> 3D Vision web page has a list of supported 120Hz LCDs.  And be careful
> to size your system to handle the graphics card's power and cooling
> requirements and to handle the amount of data you wish to visualize.
> See the chimera benchmarks page,
> http://plato.cgl.ucsf.edu/trac/chimera/wiki/benchmarks, for some help on
> choosing a graphic card.  As you can see, we need more benchmark results
> submissions.  So especially if you get one of the newer Quadro cards,
> please submit the benchmark results from the Tools / Utilities /
> Benchmark tool.
>     -- Greg
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