View Full Version : 21" screen and 6800 GT

12-28-04, 07:56 PM
I got IBM 21" CRT monitor (flat screen)

Right now I'm using Dell 18" LCD and I play all games in 1280*1024...

If I switch to this new monitor I guess I will play the games in 1600*1200 resolution. How much of the performance I will lose?

Example: Doom 3, HL2, UT2004, Fifa 2005, NFS U2...

Right now Doom 3 plays so smooth and the FPS is 60 const. I don't use AA and AF though. How much I will lose by switching to 1600*1200 with this particular game?

I did some research and UT2004 doesn't suffer that much, neither Fifa 2005. How about HL2, and NFS U2?

Does the 1600*1200 AA2x looks better than 1280*1024 AA4x?
If does I would remain the same performance by switching to AA2x...

If somebody can suggest a few things from his/her experiance...

I don't care what benchmark says because the real gaming shows a different picture of it...

12-28-04, 08:12 PM
Well, if you bump it up and keep AA and AF to a minimum/off, you may incur only a small loss in performance. Truthfully, I don't know because my monitors don't go any higher than 1280x1024, but it seems to make sense.

If you use AA and AF, you will lose performance obviously.

12-28-04, 08:14 PM
Right now I play 1280*1024 AA4x AF8x. So if I go up to 1600*1200 but using AA2x AF4x I should remain the same performance.

I will check out tomorrow...

This IBM screen has a viewable area of 19.8" and really would be awesome to play the game on it. My LCD I will use for the school, since my second system has small 15" screen...

12-28-04, 08:31 PM
You will lose some performance but you may be able to play the game with the same settings with higher resolution and not even notice a performance drop in DoomIII. Might have to go to 2xAA in HL2. I will know later this week when I get my P225f as I plan on running it at resolutions of 16x12 and higher.

12-28-04, 08:36 PM
For newer games (Far Cry, HL2, UT2004) if I want to run at 1600x1200, I turn the AA down to 2x while keeping AF at 8x or higher. In those games, 4x AA is playable on my system, but there are quite a few cases where my performance falls to a personally undesirable level. I don't notice too much of a visual quality difference between 2x and 4x, at least not enough to justify the additional performance penalty.

For older games like the original UT, I have no problems running at 1600x1200 with 8xS AA and 16x AF. So if you're in a retro kind of mood, use as much eye candy as you can.

12-28-04, 09:09 PM
There are loads of benchmarks for 6800's that run games like Doom 3 and Far Cry at all the popular resolutions, right the way up to 16 x 12, they should give you some idea of what to expect.

12-28-04, 09:24 PM
Thanks to everybody :)

I'm planning to run 1600*1200 Aa2x AF4x AF Optimisation ON, Triliniear Optimisation ON VSync OFF and 85-100Hz refresh rate, not sure yet...


12-29-04, 02:50 AM
I'm using 1600x1200 with all optimizations off and AA/AF depending on game, usually with full 16xAF but either no or 2xAA. It looks great and I can play all games that I have. HL2 even with 4xAA. I also use vsync as often as I can, at least anarchy online bugs like hell with vsync on... hate that tearing =/.