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iH-282HPB_specsheet.pdf 433k .pdf file

Given the specs of the above monitor (will be running 2 of those 28 inchers and 1 Acer 22 incher), what ATI Graphics card would give me the Absolute Best Resolution. What I do not wish to do is buy under-kill or over-kill, the meaning of "over-kill" being a card with more "horsepower" than my 28 inch monitors can handle.

Note: I use only Cooler Master HAF 932 cases and Noctua NH-D14 heatsink/fans. In short, I have plenty of room in my Cooler Master Case - IF I don't park my car in there, a sacrifice I am willing to make. rolleyes.gif

Footnote: No gaming and No EyeFinity required.

Suggestions would be appreciated. There are things I know something about but graphics cards is not one of them. redface.gif

Thanks!!!
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Monitor size doesn't matter at all but resolution does. All graphics cards are capable to drive 2560x1600 @60Hz or 1920x1080 @120Hz. It depends what you want to do with the monitors. For gaming with high resolution such as 2560x1600 or Eyefinity will need powerful GPU(s).

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Ken1649, So sorry not to have responded sooner.

Yes, you are correct when you say:
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Monitor size doesn't matter at all but resolution does.

From whence cometh my question and reason for my post. What I am looking for is not just the ability to drive these monitors but to get the maximum resolution and clarity possible.

I seriously doubt that any old multi-monitor video card will do that. Am I wrong?
no need to be gentle or diplomatic - I don't cry easily. wink.gif
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From what I see in the PDF of the monitors, none of them has native DisplayPort input. When running more than 2 legacy monitors, the third monitor must have native DisplayPort or will need an active adapter to convert true DisplayPort signal to legacy (D-Sub, HDMI or DVI) using ATI/AMD cards. That's the basic requirement for more than 2 monitors, Eyefinity gaming or just for Desktop real estate.

 

The clarity and maximum resolution should not concern graphics cards but the monitor itself.

 

It will be easier to help if you list the exact resolution and available input for each monitor and I will tell you what adapter to get. And what is your current graphics card and/or you are planning to upgrade etc.

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Thanks Ken1649 for the response. Since I taught "research" on the university level, I will not denigrate the word by saying I "researched" the information you provided. I simply Googled the different technologies and the following is what I found regarding
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native DisplayPort input
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For your use there is no special advantage to DisplayPort, and in some future where all video cards use DisplayPort, there is an easy adapter for DisplayPort --> DVI so your monitor won't be obsolete.

The only advantage DisplayPort would give you right now where if you where running a 30" or other very high resolution panel, where you could use a single DisplayPort connector instead of two DVI connectors. If you need to play content protected video (i.e. Blueray) you will be far more likely to get compatiblity with HDMI then with DisplayPort, simply because of the rate of adoption.

http://superuser.com/questions/10758/is-displayport-preferable-to-dvi-for-monitor-connections
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HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection and was developed by Intel Corporation. It's nothing more than a security feature requiring ...

http://tv.about.com/od/hdtv/a/hdmidvihdcp.htm

Regarding,
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It will be easier to help if you list the exact resolution and available input for each monitor and I will tell you what adapter to get. And what is your current graphics card and/or you are planning to upgrade etc.

That information should be in the attached PDF:

Exact resolution: 1920 x 1200
Contrast ratio: X-Contrast 15,000:1 / 800:1 (Typical)
Displayable colors: 16.7 Million
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what is your current graphics card
I pulled out the present card
(mid-level ATI card and moved it to another computer: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series)

If I left anything out, please feel free to ask. Once again, thanks for the help. biggrin.gif
Edited by incurablegeek - 4/10/12 at 7:54pm
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post #6 of 8

The two monitors have HDMI and D-Sub inputs, what about the Acer?

 

Link to your exact 5700 to know the available ports.

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7750 or 6450. If you are are just using the box as a workstation/movie theater.
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Hello ... Anybody still there??

Here's what I have decided to do. I purchased the EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card.

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-01G-P3-1556-KR/dp/B004S5CCP4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334459705&sr=8-1

My plan is to use this graphics card for my two 28 inch monitors, since this card will only support two monitors. I will use HDMI-Mini-HDMI cable for one and an HDMI-DMI cable for the other. Am I right or wrong?

Then I thought that for my 22 inch Acer monitor, which I only want to use for computer monitoring/maintenance/etc. things I would use a much cheaper ATI PCI graphics card. Am I right or wrong?

My reasons for purchasing this GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB monitor are 1) its incredible popularity and 2) the large number of positive reviews. For what it's worth, I do read reviews, but being the kind of guy who looks both ways when crossing a one-way street, I tend to look at 1) the negative reviews first 2) the number of people actually purchasing/reviewing the product. A 5-star review on a product with only two reviewers I totally ignore.

At this point I am so damned confused from reading so much that you could probably tell me the East Coast is actually the West Coast - and I would believe you. mad.gif
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