Originally Posted by Nanosuitguy
Thats not what i am speaking about either. I speak about playing at a higher resolution than the monitor is made for, this doesn't include LCD monitors. For instance, how many ppl with 19" 4.3 CRT monitors run a resolution of 1920x1200 on desktop?
When running 3d apps theres a different story...
The higher the resolution, the more detailed the image on screen, and importantly the less jagged lines there will be, but the lower your performance. LCD and CRT monitors does not work the same way.
The screen on a CRT monitor is made up of lots of tiny Phosphors. It is these phosphors which glow briefly when struck by the beam from the electron gun inside the monitor and produce the image we see on a CRT screen. In Aperture Grill type CRT monitors, the phosphors are separated into fine red, green and blue vertical strips; in Shadow Mask type CRT monitors, the phosphors are separated into groups of tiny red, green and blue dots.
LCD monitors differ from CRT monitors in that they do not have an electron beam or lots of tiny phosphors lighting up. Instead they display images using a grid of fixed square or rectangular Liquid Crystal Cells which twist to allow varying degrees of light to pass through them. Just like a phosphor triad however, each LCD cell has a red, green and blue component, again to facilitate proper color reproduction for each pixel. Even though many LCD monitors are now approaching the point at which the distance between these cells - their 'Pixel Pitch' - is similar to the Dot Pitch of a CRT, because of the way LCDs work and their fixed cell composition, LCD monitors can only provide optimal image quality at their maximum supported resolution, otherwise known as the Native Resolution. At other resolutions, the image can appear more blurry and exhibit glitches.
Dot pitch and "Pixel Pitch" don't directly effect the resolution. Now, if you mean most 19" CRTs support a higher resolution than 19" LCDs, I'll agree there. I have a 19" Viewsonic CRT that's just sitting that supports 1920x1440- quite a bit higher res than my current monitor's 1680x1050. For ever inch of viewable area the CRTs will have a bit higher resolution, no doubt. If that is what you're referring to, then I do agree.
All I was originally saying is that, to my knowledge, there isn't a single CRT monitor capable of anything above 2048x1536, which isn't quite as high a resolution as an LCD's 2560x1600. Granted, the CRT would cost quite a bit less and not have quite as large a viewable area, thus further enhancing the "sharpness" of the image... but as far as which solution does offer the highest resolution alone, that would still be LCDs. That was my point.
Anyhow, those shots do look fantastic! Mind if I ask what map they're from?