Nidia and Asus announce slew of 3D PCs

Asus unveils 3D all-in-one and a raft of other new 3D-ready laptops and desktops at Computex 2010
Asus unveils 3D all-in-one and a raft of other new 3D-ready laptops and desktops at Computex 2010

Nvidia and Asus have announced three new 3D PCs at Computex this week, with a gaming-ready laptop leading the 3D charge in Taipei.

Asus has unveiled the G51Jx-EE 3D laptop, in addition to the 3D-ready Eee Top ET2400 and CD5390 tower PC.

All three machines will ship with 120Hz displays and active shutter 3D glasses and discrete graphics processors from Nvidia.

The G51Jx-EE laptop and the EeeTop ET2400 both house the IR transmitter that syncs Nvidia's stereoscopic shutter glasses with the view on the screen, as does the CG5390 desktop rig Asus were touting.

Though judging from another pricey, AMD-based rig it showed off in a later presentation that day, that's unlikely to see the light of day along these shores any time soon.

Jen-Hsun even wheeled out the CEO of Asus, Jerry Shen, to help him evangelise about the third dimension. Unfortunately all Mr. Shen would be drawn on was its few integrated Nvision products and the fact that 3D would become a 'mainstream product in the near future.'

Doesn't sound quite as immediate as Jen-Hsun obviously hoped, paraphrasing the Asus CEO's short statement, saying 'I think what Jerry just said is that it's going to change everything.'

Little else from Nvidia

Unfortunately though there was little new coming from the Nvidia press conference despite talk pre-show about the imminent arrival of the GTX 465, vaguely mainstream Fermi graphics card, or the vaguely touted GTX 490, fully functional GF 100-based card. The GTX 465 is instead left to the actual manufacturers like MSI to announce.

What we're treated to is a complete absence of anything CUDA or PhysX related. That may be down to the recent escape act performed by the previous PhysX evangelist, and Ageia co-founder, Manju Hedge to competitor AMD, but we couldn't possibly comment. And neither would Nvidia when we spoke to it...

It was full of design wins of last year, covering the Optimus, battery-saving tech, the second-gen ION chip and Tegra 2's importance for the rise of the tablet PC. But definitely not anything to do with how CUDA and its PhysX API are doing in today's marketplace.

Then we get the Unigine Heaven 2.0, tessellation-heavy, benchmark in 3D. And tessellation, the great green hope of DX11, apparently 'doesn't slow performance down at all.' Despite what we've found in benchmarking the latest Fermi cards. But then I'm sure Jen-Hsun wouldn't lie to the press about Fermi...

Adam Hartley