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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision Set
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS VG236H
ASUS VG236H Detailed Features
Testing and Results
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

VGA Testing Methodology

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System. The majority of benchmark tests used in this article are comparative to DX11 performance, however some high-demand DX10 tests have also been included.

In each benchmark test there is one 'cache run' that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.

Intel X58-Express Test System

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • Aliens vs Predator
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, SSAO, Tessellation, Advanced Shadows)
  • Lost Planet 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Texture, Rendering, DirectX-11, 2x MSAA)
  • Mafia II
    • Extreme Settings: (Antialiasing, 16x AF, High Shadow Quality, High Detail, High Geometry, Ambient Occlusion)
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
    • Extreme Settings: (High Quality, Normal Tessellation, 16x AF, 2x AA)

3D Vision Test Results

Application Hardware 1920x1080 3D Vision Enabled Impact
Aliens vs Predator GTX 480 40.9 FPS 19.7 FPS 52%
GTX 480 SLI 77.3 FPS 32.9 FPS 57%
Heaven 2.1 GTX 480 44.4 FPS 21.5 FPS 52%
GTX 480 SLI 79.3 FPS 35.1 FPS 56%
Lost Planet 2 GTX 480 52.5 FPS 25.6 FPS 51%
GTX 480 SLI 64.8 FPS 40.0 FPS 38%
Mafia II GTX 480 33.8 FPS 23.8 FPS 30%
GTX 480 SLI 36.4 FPS 32.3 FPS 11%

Back in early 2009 when Benchmark Reviews first tested NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology on PC video games, nearly all of the performance results demonstrated a 50% frame rate drop with stereoscopic effects turned on. This made sense, because two staggered versions of each frame were being displayed. Almost two years later, and the newest titles are beginning to overcome this trend.

Aliens vs Predator, Unigine Heaven 2.1, and Lost Planet 2 all keep to tradition, and lose 50% of the frame rate performance with 3D Vision enabled. For this reason alone, the technology is best suited for gamers capable of providing high-end graphical power. In our tests, this power came from either a single GeForce GTX 480 or two cards in SLI.

Notice that in the Lost Planet 2 tests that frame rate was reduced by only 38%, and not the 51% or more exhibited by older game engines. Mafia II proves this point, primarily because it's the most recent game of the group, and loses only 30% with 3D Vision enabled and a mere 11% when tested using an SLI set. This is proof evident that it's the game that determines the FPS loss, and not the hardware.

3D Vision Surround Tests

Application Hardware 1920x1080 (x3) 3D Vision Surround Impact
Heaven 2.1 GTX 480 SLI 32.9 FPS 16.5 FPS 50%
Lost Planet 2 GTX 480 SLI 49.0 FPS 28.3 FPS 42%
Mafia II GTX 480 SLI 31.8 FPS 24.9 FPS 22%

Very few people can afford the luxury of NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology, as it requires expensive amounts of hardware that becomes cost-prohibitive for most people. In our 3D Vision Surround tests, Aliens vs Predator would not run with 4x AA, and the frame rates were very poor at 2x AA. Heaven 2.1 retained the traditional 50% loss, while Lost Planet 2 gave away only 42%. Mafia II was again the most efficient game in terms of 3D Vision Surround performance, and lost only 22% performance when stereoscopic effects were enabled.

On a side note, Lost Planet2 and Mafia 2 is absolutely phenomenal with 3D-Vision and 3D Vision Surround. Both games offer built-in multi-monitor profiles, likely a benefit of being 3D Vision Ready titles. Combining two GeForce GTX 480's into SLI allowed this game to play at 5760 x 1080 resolution across three monitors using the highest settings with APEX PhysX enabled, delivering a thoroughly impressive experience.



 

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# RE: ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision SetServando Silva 2010-10-11 21:11
3D Vision makes a huge impact on GPU performance. Even with GTX480 SLI, those gamess were not playable anymore. Needless to say 3D Surround got things worse.
Watching your results, I'd rather go for 2d Surround (3 monitors) instead of going for a single monitor with 3d support. I think the gaming experience gets deeper with 3 monitors than with 3d glasses, but again, that's just my thoughts.
Thanks for the article!
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# RE: RE: ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision SetOlin Coles 2010-10-11 21:13
Why wouldn't those games be playable? We tested with extreme settings to show the maximum impact, but even with those settings the games all played just fine.
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# RE: ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision SetServando Silva 2010-10-11 21:22
At 30 FPS? Ok, I know 30 FPS is the limit between playable and start getting some lag, but those are average results, right? How about minimum frame rates?
Also, those games aren't that demanding (AVP and Mafia II) compared to Crysis or Metro 2033. Have you tried 2D/3D surround with other games?
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# ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision SetDuracellmumus 2010-10-12 01:22
The monitor capable 120Hz@1080*1920...that's fine.

This games are playable(+60Fps) when came out the next-next generation Card's.

30Fps is realy LOW, when U want to do some easy Head Shot:)
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# RE: ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision Setaberkae 2010-10-21 10:55
Does anyone know when the 27 inch asus 3d lcd will be out?
FYI Mwave.com sells the 23 inch asus 3d lcd with Nvidia's 3d kit for $450! (I love bargain shopping)
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# Still not worth playingentr0py 2010-11-02 14:46
Why exclusively test games with terrible to mediocre reviews? It's not like any of them even run on engines likely to be used in upcoming games that look any good.
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# RE: Still not worth playingOlin Coles 2010-11-02 14:52
You seem to be basing this on your own personal opinion, and not solid research or citation. I already know you're wrong about the game engines, because the Capcom MT engine (Lost Planet 2) is widely used in several games and the same is true for the Asura game engine in AvP. The game engine in Mafia II is brand new, so you can't go and say it won't be used again elsewhere.
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# RE: ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision SetReticuli 2012-09-18 22:49
They didn't need the HDMI input and when are you going to use the component inputs? No VGA input? Asus just told me to buy a VGA to DVI adapter. I'm pretty sure that's incorrect.
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