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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

ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision Set

We live in a three-dimensional world, and yet we settle for a 2D virtual world while sitting in front of computers. The price of 3D-capable monitors isn't affordable for budget buyers, just like LCD monitors weren't value priced when they began showing up on shelf space beside CRT monitors, and yet they eventually became the industry standard. ASUS knows a thing or two about the computer hardware industry, and the ASUS VG236H 120Hz widescreen LCD monitor with bundled NVIDIA 3D-Vision kit could help take 3D mainstream. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology feature using stereoscopic 3D effects on this 23.6 inch monitor in single-unit and triple-display 3D-Vision Surround configurations.

The ASUS VG236H provides two primary functions: a gateway into the world of stereoscopic 3D, and a 1920x1080p widescreen LCD monitor capable of accepting HDMI input with HDCP support. The 0.265mm pixel pitch displays 16.7-million vivid colors with a 100000:1 maximum contrast ratio and 2ms response time on the TFT TN panel. Priced for $499.99 at NewEgg, this widescreen monitor/3D-Vision kit combines two premium technologies into one convenient package. Paired with a modern NVIDIA GeForce video card, gamers can enjoy extremely fast-paced action scene without ghosting effect, as well as experience their virtual battleground in 3D. Additionally, the ASUS VG236H can display 3D Blu-ray movies or streaming 3D content.


For reference, Benchmark Reviews has separately tested the 3D Vision gaming kit. We also offer our NVIDIA 3D-Vision Multimedia Resource Guide for more details on the best configuration settings and where to find 3D multimedia. With regard this TFT TN-panel LCD monitor, please refer to our Choosing the Best LCD Panel Technology guide for advanced details.

Manufacturer: ASUSTek Computer, Inc.
Product Name: 120Hz 3D-Vision LCD Monitor
Model Number: VG236H BK/2MS/NA
Part Number: 90LMA4111TN007UL
Price As Tested: $474.99 at Amazon or $499.99 at NewEgg (see other online retailers)

Full Disclosure: The product samples used in this article were purchased from NewEgg.



# 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 [email protected]*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 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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