[Chimera-users] stereo viewing with consumer graphics cards

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Apr 22 18:43:59 PDT 2013

In the past, Chimera has always needed a workstation-class graphics card 
(e.g., AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro) to view molecules in 3D stereo and 
read dialogs at the same time.  Now that there are 3D HDTVs, that has 

I have just confirmed that with a computer running Microsoft Windows 8, 
with an AMD Radeon HD 7850 graphics card, and a Panasonic 3D HDTV, that 
3D stereo worked without fiddling with any display settings.

That is awesome -- "without fiddling with any display settings".

Windows 8 is a requirement, Windows 7 will not work.  I am unaware of 
any effort to get Linux to work.  There is a good chance that Apple Mac 
OS X will work and we plan to test that soon.

Any recent AMD Radeon HD graphics card with HD3D, or NVIDIA GeForce 
graphics card with 3D Vision support, should work.  I hope to test a 
NVIDIA graphics card soon to confirm that.

And supposedly, any 3D HDTV will work.  The 3D HDTV in the test was a 
Panasonic TC-P50GT25, from 2010/2011, and I expect that any 3D HDTV that 
support a full resolution stereoscopic 3D format will work well.  
Non-full resolution formats would work for the 3D stereo images, but the 
associated 2D dialogs would be unreadable.

     Happy 3D viewing!


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