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post #11 of 28
Keep the 30 incher for regular usage, get a 22' CRT for games. 120 HZ panels are all TN. Black, washed out colors and horrible view angles. I use a 22 inch CRT and love it's scalability. 2048x1536 at 85 HZ on desktop, 1600x1200 at 120 HZ for games. I've yet to find this balance in an LCD, and not joking. I'm serious.
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post #12 of 28
It will be good if you can get 1920x1200 res monitor 24" to 27".
    
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post #13 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Doe;15548816 
Keep the 30 incher for regular usage, get a 22' CRT for games. 120 HZ panels are all TN. Black, washed out colors and horrible view angles. I use a 22 inch CRT and love it's scalability. 2048x1536 at 85 HZ on desktop, 1600x1200 at 120 HZ for games. I've yet to find this balance in an LCD, and not joking. I'm serious.

That's one con of LCDs, they don't have that balance.

But monitors are very much a preference thing. Every single technology has its downsides, be it LCD and its subcategories, be it CRT (mostly aperture grille).

The main cons of CRTs are the small size, and lower resolution than the highest res LCDs and not perfectly sharp text, which makes them a bit more awkward for desktop usage. Size, I don't consider a factor.

This is why, it would actually be ideal to have 30" + high end CRT, like I do. Other for desktop and slow games, other for fast stuff. That being said, I keep the F520 turned off because I don't really game anymore, but would not like to wear it out if I don't really use it. Shall be activated once I need it.
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post #14 of 28
Yes. And actually, CRT isn't awkward at all. My only gripe with it was geometry/borders that sometimes go out of sync. But you can adjust it from OSD anyway. I go by Diamondtron for it's high refresh rates. The Sony Trinitron (F/G520) is good, but 75 HZ doesn't quite cut it on a tube. Tubes based on the SB2070 and down a little to SB2060 are some of the best CRT's that can be found on eBay. And you don't have to pay much for them anymore.
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post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Johnny Doe;15549147 
Yes. And actually, CRT isn't awkward at all. My only gripe with it was geometry/borders that sometimes go out of sync. But you can adjust it from OSD anyway. I go by Diamondtron for it's high refresh rates. The Sony Trinitron is good, but 75 HZ doesn't quite cut it on a tube. Tubes based on the SB2070 and down a little to SB2060 are some of the best CRT's that can be found on eBay. And you don't have to pay much for them anymore.

But they are hard to find in most places.

Btw, if you refer to mine as the sony trinitron, the GDM-F520 does 85hz at 2048x1536, max 170hz at 1024x768, if you stay within the confines of EDID.

At one point I had 3... One broke and I said screw it, I'll just get a 30", I don't game so much anymore. Still kept my best one on my table though, connected to the puter.
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post #16 of 28
Oh yeah, the F520 is superior to G520. Still doesn't go quite as high as Diamondtron though. Diamondtron can get up to 200 HZ. Trinitron does offer better IQ/reliability. But for refresh rates, Diamondtron is the way to go. The best CRT's IMO are Iiyama's. They use a tweaked Diamondtron tube that IIRC does 95-100 HZ at QXGA (2048).
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post #17 of 28
I'm not going to move from 24", anything else seems too big, and 22" seems a bit too small, I think the pixel density on 22" is perfect though. My monitor is 23.6".

I want to upgrade when I get some money though, to 120Hz. Really digging Acer monitors. They don't have some of the typical issues you'd expect from most standard TFT monitors.
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post #18 of 28
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Thanks for all the food for thought, people. After reading all of the above I'm currently considering this one -- Any thoughts specifically for this monitor? Specs look okay? Anything about it that I should re-think?

http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/pc-peripherals/monitor/led-monitor/LS27A950DS/XY/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&tab=specification

I don't care about the 3D and will never probably use it -- But it looks nice -- 120Hz, 2ms response time, 1,920 x 1,080 res'. Any thoughts would be super appreciated!
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post #19 of 28
that 27" samsung you chose looks pretty nice!

does 120hz add a major load to your GPU vs standard 60hz?
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post #20 of 28
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rayz;15560759 
that 27" samsung you chose looks pretty nice!

does 120hz add a major load to your GPU vs standard 60hz?

It's actually less load on it now - Before I was running a huge resolution (2560 x 1600) without VSync on and sometimes reaching 70-80 FPS. Now with a smaller resolution (1920 x 1080) it's keeping my temps lower and GPU load lower. Before my temps were scary and the load was constantly at 99%.

Quite happy with my switch, to be honest. Though, the brightness / contrast / color rendition on this Samsung leaves a lot to be desired over the Dell when it comes to photo / video editing. But then again, the 30" was designed for it and I think I might just buy a little 24" Dell to sit next to this one, specifically to edit on. redface.gif

Anyone want to buy a 30" Dell? Haha!
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