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Old 10-17-05, 11:05 PM   #1
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I have found a good match for my sony CRT F520. The 30inch Cinema HD (APPLE) the res hits 2560 x 1600. I wanted to know if everything would work OK on my pc .. i know it takes 2 DVI inputs ... my 7800GTX will take care of that.

Are there any disadvantages to hooking up a apple LCD to a PC?
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Old 10-17-05, 11:51 PM   #2
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Are there any disadvantages to hooking up a apple LCD to a PC?
Yeah, your wallet will be screaming for a month
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Old 10-18-05, 12:10 AM   #3
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Yea this i know .. it will take a few months to save up 4 it .. but i wanted a Plasma/or Lcd tv .. so i figure why not kill 2birds with one stone and get TV/Monitor to hook up with my windows media center. i seen it online for $2,500 i hope in 5months it will go down from that.


PS i would like to use the monitor for Gaming also. I dont know what game will be out 5 - 7 months from now lol .. but would this LCD be able to handle it like a CRT would. Ghosting as they say?
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I have a JVC 56" LcOS that has a PC input but the wife scowled at the mere suggestiont of hooking the puter up to it.
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Bleh, don't spend money on those apple LCD's. They have inferior specs to many TV LCD's, and they cost more.
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Old 10-18-05, 12:45 AM   #6
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And it doesn't take dual DVI connectors, it takes Dual-Link DVI connectors. There's a difference, I'm almost positive.
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Yup, you're right. It takes one dual-link connector. Which I believe only the 7800 family has one of. I think they only have one anyways. The 68xx series only has 2 single-link dvi connectors which is no good. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
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DVI=165MHz, Dual-Link DVI=330MHz. You don't have to have dual link unless you do a very high resolution at a very high refresh rate. The formula works like this:

width*height*refreshrate=Hz

e.g. for 1920x1080 @ 60Hz:

1920*1080*60=124416000Hz=124MHz

Therefore that works fine with a single link DVI.

Lets say you go to 85Hz though:

1920*1080*85=176256000=176MHz

You'd need dual link for that. You'd also need dual link for 2048x1536 @ 60Hz (thats 188MHz.)
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Bleh, don't spend money on those apple LCD's. They have inferior specs to many TV LCD's, and they cost more.

Well if this is so can anyone recommend a better LCD to get same size if not 27inch will do. And be able to hit 1600 X 1200. Plus be used for a computer without worring about burning taking place.

Ps. I have another question, how big of a deal is it to have a high contrast ratio I see the apple has a 400:1 where as letís say zenith plasma has a 4000:1. Would that have to do with picture quality and how clear the screen is or how bright the screen is?
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apple LCD's ... have inferior specs to many TV LCD's
This is absurd. First tier LCD OEMs like Apple & Dell get first pick from all LCD OEMs. I defy you to find one competent review that claims Apple or Dell LCD computer displays have poorer specs than an LCD TV.

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Yes, a significant difference. Dual-link isn't equal to dual-DVI. Lots of early adopters bought Apple 30" LCD Studio Displays for an x86 box, only to discover that their $500 6800 Ultra could not drive it to full resolution. While most Quadro cards have dual-link, for months the ASUS 6800 was the only consumer GeForce NV40 with a dual-link DVI connector.
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This is absurd. First tier LCD OEMs like Apple & Dell get first pick from all LCD OEMs. I defy you to find one competent review that claims Apple or Dell LCD computer displays have poorer specs than an LCD TV.
Well, I just noticed that apple LCD's are available in higher resolution for the most part (unless you get an TV LCD with a true 1080p input, which isn't very common.) TV LCD's on the other hand have better contrast, better color accuracy, and brighter backlights as far as I can tell.

http://www.apple.com/displays/specs.html

400:1 contrast ratio is sh!t IMO, it makes everything look bleached out compared to the average TV LCD.

Theres a 37" 1080p TV I am planning on getting with a 1080p input and a 1000:1 contrast ratio (though one review benchmarked it at 718:1 which is still better) that retails for $2,000. Much less than the $3,000 that apple wants for their 30" with a 400:1 contrast.
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I have found a good match for my sony CRT F520. The 30inch Cinema HD (APPLE) the res hits 2560 x 1600. I wanted to know if everything would work OK on my pc .. i know it takes 2 DVI inputs ... my 7800GTX will take care of that.

Are there any disadvantages to hooking up a apple LCD to a PC?
Dude, get a Dell.
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