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Today we are going to discuss a pre-produciton engineering sample of the Samsung SA950 monitor. Note that the characteristics of production units may be different. As soon as first mass production SA950 monitors become available, we will post an update to this review.

This article continues a small series of reviews about new LCD monitors from Samsung that are going to come to market this summer. In my last article I told you about the SyncMaster SA850, an exciting product based on a new PLS matrix and targeted at professional applications in the first place. Being versatile, the SA850 can make a good home monitor as well, but today I’m going to talk about a completely different product. It is the senior model of the home-oriented 9 series, the 27-inch SA950 3D monitor (its full model name is S27A950 but, like with the SA850, the shortened name is used more often).

The SyncMaster SA950 is based on a TN matrix with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. These parameters make it similar to many other 3D monitors. We’ve tested such Full-HD products, even though with a smaller diagonal of the screen, back in the last year. The difference is that Samsung has implemented its own stereoscopic imaging technology which is somewhat different from and incompatible with Nvidia's popular 3D Vision, although makes use of shutter glasses as well. One pair of such glasses is included with the monitor, so you get a complete 3D imaging kit right out of the box when you purchase an SA950.

The advantage of this approach is that the monitor can display 3D visuals with nearly any graphics card including very old ones (starting from the ATI Radeon X1000 series) and with any video source that can produce a 3D picture in side-by-side (the left and right frames are placed next to each other or one above the other), frame-by-frame (the left and right frames are displayed alternately), and interlaced formats. Finally, the SA950 has got a processor capable of transforming a 2D picture into a 3D one – all in real time. The result isn’t perfect, but anyway. Well, I will talk about the operation of the integrated processor and 3D imaging in more detail below.

Testing Methodology

Click the following link for a description of our testing methodology and the equipment we use as well as for a brief explanation of what the specified and tested parameters of LCD monitors mean: X-bit Labs Presents: LCD Monitors Testing Methodology In Depth. If you feel overwhelmed with the numbers and terms this review abounds in, check out an appropriate section of the Methodology for explanation.

You can also check out the Monitors section of our site if this review doesn’t cover the model you are interested in.

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