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Greeno
10-10-06, 12:26 PM
Hi,

Can someone clarify something for me?

I've got a decent enough 19" TFT at the moment at home with a native res. of 1280x1024... which plays my games quite happily...

Now, for work, i'm debating a large screen (Something like a Dell 2407FPW), but i'm wondering how this will affect my games.

At the moment, all of the games I play have 1280x1024 as a selectable resolution, and nothing higher it seems, though is this because my screen doesn't support it? If i'm going to a large 24" will the 1920x1200 resolution be an option in game? I appreciate my screen is probably hiding modes it doesn't support at the moment.

Games like GTA:San Andreas, Madden/Tiger Woods/NBA Live/FIFA 07 etc...

I don't fancy the idea of running it out of native resolution and having it look a load of toss.

So if anyone's got any experiences or tips they'd like to share on large screen gaming, i'd be very grateful.

Regards.

nekrosoft13
10-10-06, 12:35 PM
1280x1024 = 1,310,720 pixels every frame

1920x1200 = 2,304,000 pixels every frame

that close to twice the pixels, so ask your self this question, can your computer supply about twice the muscle to run games?

when it comes to LCD monitors, running it in non-native resolution will result in semi-washed out look, and simply will never be as sharp as native resolution.

Bman212121
10-10-06, 12:35 PM
Most of the games that I run on my 19" samsung 940bw give you the standard resolutions and then the resolution that the monitor is running at. So if I'm using the native 1440 x 900 and launch cod2, I can select that resolution as and option in the game. The only game I've used so far that doesn't work is BF2 and BF 2142.

I don't have any of those loaded so I can't tell you specifically for those games. But I know it works in COD2, company of heroes, AOE3, and Auto Assault.

Greeno
10-10-06, 12:41 PM
Sweet, thanks... so on the odd occasion it didn't work, what happens? it just looks pants?

nekrosoft13
10-10-06, 12:42 PM
GTA has widescreen support

most of the games support widescreen, rest can simply be modded to support widescreen

few that can't would include EA Sports games, EA simply is lacking in every category.

nekrosoft13
10-10-06, 12:44 PM
Sweet, thanks... so on the odd occasion it didn't work, what happens? it just looks pants?

when it doesn't work, you will either end up with stretched picture that just looks weird, especially in sports games, where the field will be full of little fat people.

but thanks to nvidia driver, you can enable monitor scalling and will keep the correct aspect ratio, in that case the end result will be black bars on the side

Greeno
10-10-06, 12:58 PM
1280x1024 = 1,310,720 pixels every frame

1920x1200 = 2,304,000 pixels every frame

that close to twice the pixels, so ask your self this question, can your computer supply about twice the muscle to run games?

when it comes to LCD monitors, running it in non-native resolution will result in semi-washed out look, and simply will never be as sharp as native resolution.

Core 2 Duo E6700, 4GB XMS2 Corsair DDR-2 800, WD 150GB Raptor, OC'd 7950GX2, X-Fi... Should be cool?

Greeno
10-10-06, 12:59 PM
GTA has widescreen support

most of the games support widescreen, rest can simply be modded to support widescreen

few that can't would include EA Sports games, EA simply is lacking in every category.

Brill... with the exception of "The Movies" all the games i play then :p

GRRRRRR @ EA, all the 07 games are the 07 games re-badged anyway, with the odd splattering of bloom.

nekrosoft13
10-10-06, 01:02 PM
Core 2 Duo E6700, 4GB XMS2 Corsair DDR-2 800, WD 150GB Raptor, OC'd 7950GX2, X-Fi... Should be cool?

That system will have no problem

At least now that 7950 will be able to stretched his legs.

Having a 7950 and playing at 1280x1024 is like keeping a tiger in a closet.

its not fair to cage a beast

Greeno
10-10-06, 01:06 PM
I dunno... I kinda like having the AA/AF cranked up... unless there's something differently in the drivers I should be doing? I've never quite got it :)

nekrosoft13
10-10-06, 01:08 PM
i'm playing all my games (except oblivion) at 4x AA and 16x AF with super sampling transparency AA

at 1680x1050 (max for my monitor) and most games run at 60s (due to v-sync), Call fo Juarez runs at around 30-40

Greeno
10-10-06, 01:09 PM
Have we got similar specs? or do you have proper SLI/Quad SLI?

nekrosoft13
10-10-06, 01:13 PM
X2 4400 @ 2.7ghz
2gb DDR500 OCZ ram
Asus A8N SLI Premium
7950 GX2
Audigy 2

i build that machine last year around november

my next upgrade will be spring/summer, when i get Quad core intel, 4gb DDR3

einstein_314
10-10-06, 11:56 PM
Sweet, thanks... so on the odd occasion it didn't work, what happens? it just looks pants?
Check this site out http://www.widescreengamingforum.com

It is dedicated to widescreen gaming and making it work in games.

This link (http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/wiki/index.php?title=Master_Games_List_-_A) is the page where you find the game you want and it tells you how to make it work; if it's possible that is.

The key to using a large LCD is having enough horsepower to run it at it's native resolution. Sure you can run it at a lower res, but it won't look as good. It will look good for sure, but not great.

LycosV
10-11-06, 01:17 AM
Most LCD monitors have a couple options if you can't handle full resoultion (I'm not saying your PC can't). You can stretch a lower resolution to full screen, or you can display it at 1:1 pixel ratio centered in your screen. Normally this makes the picture just too small. Ex. 800x600 on a 20" 1600x1200 monitor is only a quarter the area so like a 10" screen. But, upgrading from a 19" monitor to a 24" monitor you can probably run 1280x1024 at just about the same physical size using 1:1 if the stretching bothers you. Sure you won't be using the whole screen when you play games, but you said you wanted the bigger monitor for work anyway.

Roliath
10-11-06, 01:53 AM
i'm playing all my games (except oblivion) at 4x AA and 16x AF with super sampling transparency AA

at 1680x1050 (max for my monitor) and most games run at 60s (due to v-sync), Call fo Juarez runs at around 30-40
same here, games i'm playing are
Scarface, GR:AW, Flat Out2, Madden 07, and WoW..
All play at perfect, with no slow downs what so ever.
i'm set to 1680*1050 4xTSSAA 16xAF - Drivers set to High Quality.
Oblivion is gonna get reinstalled tomorrow.

Saintster
10-11-06, 11:24 PM
That system will have no problem

At least now that 7950 will be able to stretched his legs.

Having a 7950 and playing at 1280x1024 is like keeping a tiger in a closet.

its not fair to cage a beast

This is true i just got my benq 24 inch wide screen. I went from a samsung 19 940 b. I went sli because i knew i would move up in screen size. I think my set up runs better at 1900x1200 than it did at 1280x1024. I al;ready knew sli was for bigger screens but wow it screams at this res of 1900x1200. Love my new monitor.:D

Heinz68
10-12-06, 09:41 PM
This is true i just got my benq 24 inch wide screen. I went from a samsung 19 940 b. I went sli because i knew i would move up in screen size. I think my set up runs better at 1900x1200 than it did at 1280x1024. I al;ready knew sli was for bigger screens but wow it screams at this res of 1900x1200. Love my new monitor.:D:super:
Awesome and congratulation you're most likely the first owner of the new BenQ 24"
at this forum.
Can we see some pictures and maybe first impression review.
Maybe starting new tread or this tread has some info about the BenQ already but none from the real owner
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=76637
Thanks Heinz

grey_1
10-12-06, 09:44 PM
This is true i just got my benq 24 inch wide screen. I went from a samsung 19 940 b. I went sli because i knew i would move up in screen size. I think my set up runs better at 1900x1200 than it did at 1280x1024. I al;ready knew sli was for bigger screens but wow it screams at this res of 1900x1200. Love my new monitor.:D
Congrats man, the 24's are awesome. Hoping to hear some review bits from you on the benq.

p.s. Don't forget to fix your sig:D

Shocky
10-13-06, 06:46 AM
GTA has widescreen support


Yes but its 16:9 not 16:10 so will look wrong, and its not true and all lower resolution will loose sharpness. With fixed aspect ratio 1920"1080 and 1600*1200 will look as sharp and native resolution. :)