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I have both the dell u3011 and the benq 120hz. I must say that for gaming, there isn't any question for me which is better. The benq makes me want to sell my dell which I still do love. The biggest differences are the clarity of motion with moving objects. I never noticed any problems with my dell until I got the benq. I cant easily aim and see target far better than on the benq now. No one in BC2 running across my face is safe anymore and my scores have tripled game in game out.

Having said this, I have done a fair bit of research on the topic of motion clarity but cant be sure if it applies to what i am experiencing. My question for those with high end CRTs such as the fw900 who have compared them to a 120hz lcd should please chime in on the differences in motion clarity. What I want is for the scne to remain perfectly stable and clear while panning with the mouse. Is this even possible with monitors? I still see blurring even with the 120hz lcd i have
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If you have a perfectly functioning CRT with a good VGA cable that doesn't produce ghosting, you will have much less motion blur (=ghosting)

I have 3 high end CRTs, two of which are the 4:3 version of the FW900 basically. One of them is faulty and has one frame of ghosting due to messed up internal circuitry(still better than most LCDs by a long shot), but one is smooth as butter while moving.

It also helps that you can achieve much higher Hz with CRTs if you like. My F520 can go up to 170hz, and many CRTs can go up to 200+hz if you want, even though these are achieved at low resolutions like 1024x768 (doesn't look that bad on a CRT)

That's all there is to say really. Ghosting is minimal or nonexistent basically.


However, finding a CRT that is worth keeping is quite challenging depending on where you live. Anywhere but most densely populated areas of the USA and you're going to have to search for a while before you find anything.
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A good CRT still produces a better image than almost any LCD. This is especially true where ghosting is a concern.

However, not many people find the size, heat, and power consumption to be worthwhile. A good 24" 1920x1200+, 16:10, CRT weighs about 100 pounds and puts out 100+ watts of heat.
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A good CRT still produces a better image than almost any LCD. This is especially true where ghosting is a concern.

However, not many people find the size, heat, and power consumption to be worthwhile. A good 24" 1920x1200+, 16:10, CRT weighs about 100 pounds and puts out 100+ watts of heat.
There are a lot of people who can't physically do it either, due to space constraints or lots of moving around
Edited by De-Zant - 8/9/11 at 4:25pm
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Good CRT's are better then pretty much any LCD if you can take the size of it and your desk don't collapse from the weight
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CRT is better in deep of black and responsive time and input lag, for the colors is not true that is better than any LCD, it's better that TN LCD, if u use a serious VA or IPS panel is another thing as colors, and the crt is not sharpness as LCD.
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and the crt is not sharpness as LCD.
This depends on what the source material is. If it is text, sure, it's a bit blurry on the higher resolutions, BUT if you run a game at that resolution, you are going to have trouble finding any LCD that beats the sharpness. Pretty much anything but a select few laptop screens have a much lower pixel density

That is because even though it can't perfectly resolve the highest resolutions, it can still do it somewhat, and the end result is a very high resolution in a very small space, which looks very good in games, not so good in desktop, even though it's not even bad at all.
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This depends on what the source material is. If it is text, sure, it's a bit blurry on the higher resolutions, BUT if you run a game at that resolution, you are going to have trouble finding any LCD that beats the sharpness. Pretty much anything but a select few laptop screens have a much lower pixel density

That is because even though it can't perfectly resolve the highest resolutions, it can still do it somewhat, and the end result is a very high resolution in a very small space, which looks very good in games, not so good in desktop, even though it's not even bad at all.
reminds me of at school, we got a IBM 19in CRT and hooked it to my desktop that I had brought in for the day, and ran the monitor at like 120hz with like 1600x1200. It was amazing looking. Lol.
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This isn't even a question.

CRTs have no (or next to no) ghosting. The phosphors in them change insanely quick.

All LCDs do have some ghosting/blurring to some degree. The 120Hz TN panels might be the best at having the least.

CRTs are far smoother in gaming than any LCD. I don't have a GDM FW900... but I don't need to. A CRT is a CRT, and they have no ghosting and are incredibly smooth. That being said...

Honestly though, unless you are already a big CRT advocate and know what you want and are getting into, it'd be hard for me to recommend you to go that route. You never know what kind of condition they are in (especially if you buy online and can't see/test it before buying), how old they are, what issues they may have, etc., and they are getting harder to find the good ones in good condition. If they still sold good high end ones, sure, but the door is sort of closing on them. I loved my CRT... but it was on it's way out, and while there's plenty I miss about it and things it still did better, I also would have had headaches going that route again.

If you're really wanting to try it though, go for it.
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Find one and go for it. Any decent CRT will beat an LCD on motion clarity, hands down.

It's one of the reasons I refuse to own any LCD unless it's attached to one of my laptops.
     
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