What specs to look for in a video card to run 22" monitor at high resolutions

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Steve Rossiter, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. Hi,
    I'll be buying a 22" Mitsubishi Diamond Pro
    d=232&division=MITSUBISHI and am now looking a various cards to drive
    this monstrosity. Mitsubishi specs say it can go to 2048 x 1536 @ 86
    and my job now is to match it to a card provide the signal. Although I
    will probably have the screen set to 2048 x 1536 I figure if the card
    can do this it will be able to provide viewing at lower resolutions
    flicker free.
    My needs are to provide clean displays of various large data sets in
    2D, sometimes rotate them in 3D and a little low-tech gaming like Age
    of Empires, Sim City. I'm a little confused because cards advertised
    with 64 MB, 128 MB, or now 256 MB of memory all claim to be able to
    display at resolutions near to my 2048 x 1536 benchmark so there must
    be more than aggregate memory that determines ability to run large
    monitors at high resolutions.
    The Matrox P750 seems to a reliable choice for the job but lacks
    some of the fun stuff of say the ATI AIW 9000 Pro or GeForce4 Ti 4600.
    Will $150-$200 get me a reliable, flicker free card that can display
    at high resolutions (that way I can see more of the data set) or am I
    asking too much of a card in this price range?
    One last question. What is the end result of setting the screen to a
    resolution and refresh rate that the card doesn't list? For example,
    the monitor mentioned above lists a capability to display 1800 x 1440
    @ 92 Hz but the closest a Radeon 9800 Pro comes in terms of its spec
    sheet is 1920x1080 @ 120. How would this display on the screen?
    Thanks for the help with these questions.
    Steve Rossiter, Aug 24, 2003
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    LauraK Guest

    The Matrox P750 seems to a reliable choice for the job but lacks
    The Matrox is one of the best 2-D cards out there. You won't get top 3-D with
    it, but it's acceptable.
    You will get excellent displays at high resolutions, good color matching and
    fast 2-D.
    I'm running 21" and 17" Viewsonic Pro Series monitors off a Matrox 550. Works

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    LauraK, Aug 24, 2003
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  3. Do you really need 2048x1536? What kind of work do you do?
    Lester Horwinkle, Aug 24, 2003
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    Xalinai Guest

    Buy Matrox - for high resolutions on analog monitors they are still
    the best.

    Whether you need the 750 depends on your need for 3D performance - if
    the tools you use for rotation support newer DirectX versions it will
    help to get the 750 or the Parhelia, otherwise even the old
    Millenium450 or 550 will do. P750 and Parhelia are interesting if you
    want to use more than two monitors.

    Xalinai, Aug 24, 2003
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    HamMan Guest

    SimCity 4 gets fairly heavy when you max out the graphics, start scrolling
    and zooming the map
    HamMan, Aug 24, 2003
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    Doug Jacobs Guest

    True, but compared to a 3d first-person-shooter (eg. Doom3) SimCity4 is
    pretty light. Most modern cards will have *some* 3d capabilities. A
    mid-range (32-64 MB of video memory) will have plenty of power for
    SimCity4 as well as driving a 22" desktop. More memory will allow you to
    run at higher resolutions, but you probably won't be running at more than
    1600x1200 anyways. 32MB will allow for 1600x1200x16bit, 64MB will allow
    for 1600x1200x32bit. Cards with that much memory will also have plenty of
    power for SimCity4, as well as most games up until about a year or so
    ago. Newer games will still run, but you won't be able to run at max.
    resolution/extras. New graphics cards always cause the older models to
    plummet in price anyways, so unless you're a hard-core gamer you can
    easily afford to buy one or two "generations" ago.
    Doug Jacobs, Aug 25, 2003
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    crawling Guest

    How about the Matrox 400? Which older Matrox models are good for 2D and
    supports two monitors (19" and 15")? How much memory is needed?
    crawling, Aug 25, 2003
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    LauraK Guest

    How about the Matrox 400? Which older Matrox models are good for 2D and
    The 450 and 550 support dual heads.
    There's also a new P650 out for $169 -- I don't remember seeing it there last
    week -- that looks like a good one. 64MB memory vs. the 32mb of the 450-550.
    Some of Matrox's earlier cards could be configured with add ons to support dual
    heads, but it's quite expensive.

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    LauraK, Aug 25, 2003
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    Stuart Guest

    I use a Iiyama 22" monitor with a Nvidia Quadro2 Pro card, I decided to
    try 2048 x 1536 and it would be too small to read properly. At that
    resolution it changed to 16bit colour mode from 32bit.

    The highest resolution you would want to comfortably use on a 22"
    monitor is probably 1600 x 1200.

    Stuart, Aug 27, 2003
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    abby winters Guest

    bah. How can you say something like that? For you, maybe, for others,
    well, it just comes down to personal preferance. I am at 2048x1536, I
    use it 12 to 14 hours every day of my life, and I love it. I am on a
    Sony 21" monitor.

    I am using a Matrox Pahelia (sp?), and it's fine for 2D work (never done
    any 3d stuff on this machine), running at 2048x1536, 32bit colour, 75Hz.
    Some ppl say they can see my screen flickering, but it does not bother


    abby winters, Sep 7, 2003
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