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Has anyone heard about Nvidia putting miniDisplayPorts into the lower-end cards yet? I see that the 590 has one now, but the card isn't worth it for what the problems are on it and the price.

I'm planning on getting the 27" Apple Cinema Display here in the next couple months, but wanna get a new GPU first. If Nvidia wasn't going to release any other cards with miniDP, then I'm getting the Radeon 6950 like I was originally planning on to. I don't want to buy adapters and such, hence why I want a card with it built-in.
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Buying an Apple Cinema Display? Why not focus more money on the GPU and save on the monitor with a non Apple brand?

Anyways, if you for some reason need the cinema then a 6950 is great.
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Big fan of the ACD, sexy monitor. TBH, I've been so torn between getting a 27 Ulrasharp or the ACD. Also you will probably be better off with the 6950, I don't foresee lower end Nvidia cards getting miniDisplayport unless you want to fiddle with adapters, besides to drive that resolution, you are better off with a 2gb 6950.
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I've been wanting a nice 2560 resolution screen for a while now, and the Cinema Display is the only 27" IPS LED-backlit 2560x1440 screen that's below $1000 right now and I can get it for $850. Considering the LCD panel itself is about $700, it's a great deal. I do a lot of photo and video editing and I need a large format display that doesn't take up a ton of room. Plus if you haven't seen those displays in person, they're possibly one of the nicest displays I've seen in a while.

Dell has a 27" Ultrasharp like what's stated above with the same res, but it's $1099. Plus it's not the best looking (aesthetic wise, haven't seen the screen in person) and it's very bulky due to it being CCFL back lighting.
Edited by Lareson - 4/4/11 at 8:01pm
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I've been wanting a nice 2560 resolution screen for a while now, and the Cinema Display is the only 27" IPS LED-backlit 2560x1440 screen that's below $1000 right now and I can get it for $850. Considering the LCD panel itself is about $700, it's a great deal. I do a lot of photo and video editing and I need a large format display that doesn't take up a ton of room. Plus if you haven't seen those displays in person, they're possibly one of the nicest displays I've seen in a while.

Dell has a 27" Ultrasharp like what's stated above with the same res, but it's $1099. Plus it's not the best looking (aesthetic wise, haven't seen the screen in person) and it's very bulky due to it being CCFL back lighting.
I agree the Apple 27" Cinema Display does look pretty awesome. I contemplated getting one but there are a couple reasons that stopped me. Here are all the reasons why I wouldn't get it:

  • Limited Input Options: Since it is tailored more for newer Apple Computers and MacBooks it only has a Mini-Displayport input, just one. Common, it's a $1000 monitor and Apple only gives you one display format option. No less than the very uncommon Mini-Displayport, generally speaking. They could have at least given a DVI option. The Dell U2711 has five different input options (DVI, VGA, Displayport, HDMI, and Component).
  • Limited Adjustability: The monitor can tilt and that's it. No height, pivot, or even turning to the right or left (besides actually moving the base).
  • No OSD: Believe it or not this monitor has no on screen display menu. Everything is done in software. If you want to control the monitor at all under Windows 7 you'll have to install Boot Camp. I've read a lot of great things about Dell's OSD on the U2711.
  • Glossy Display: Since the display is very glossy it can have a big problem with reflections and glare. The U2711 on the other hand uses a nice matte display that is much less prone to this.
  • High Price: While if you are looking at this monitor to begin with this might be less of an issue, it still has to be mentioned that this is a very expensive monitor. While the Dell is pretty comparable in price and isn't really any better in this regard, Dell does offer coupons from time to time that can bring the U2711 down to $824: link.

I got lot of this information from a AnandTech review: link. Also while I'm not their biggest fan I'm no Apple hater, I actually own a 11.6" MacBook Air that I love. This is just my take on their 27" Cinema Display and I wanted to provide you with some constructive input to make an informed decision. I actually just bought a Refurb Dell U3011 30" for $899 at the Dell Outlet Store today. My recommendation would be to wait for the Dell U2711 to go on sale or watch for a refurb U2711 or U3011 at the Dell Outlet Store. I wish you the best on your decision and hope I helped you some.
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I don't know of any lower end Nvidia cards that use a Mini Displayport but I know that as low down as the 570 does include a regular Displayport, and I believe Mini Displayport to full size Displayport cords are easy to find. My Asus Direct CUII for example has a Displayport, and there is also the EVGA 570 HD. This 460 has 3 Displayports but it comes with a huge price premium. If you are thinking of gaming at 1440 then you will appreciate the power of the Asus 570 and I can highly recommend the card, I love mine it's fantastic. If you are not planing on gaming at 1440 then basically all of the cards I listed are much more expensive then you would want, so in that case the answer to your question is no Nvidia doesn't have any low end cards with Displayport.


And now I have officially typed Displayport so many times that it's lost all meaning.
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I don't mind getting a DP to mDP cable as I would have to get an extender anyways since the mDP cable on the Cinema Display is a bit short to go underneath my desk, but the price for the 2 cards you listed are over my budget. Budget is under $300, hence why I picked the 6950. I'll only game at 1920x1080 since I don't notice the expansion distortion in a game.

Ben, thanks for the info. I'll just let you know on my thoughts:

I've thought about 30" monitors, but I don't have the space on my desk for one, hence why I wanted a 27".

I only need tilt, so that's fine with me, and I don't need all those ports since I have a monitor already that'll work with everything else and soon to have a miniDP compatible GPU. Plus it's not like I'm plugging it into multiple computers. Just my main i5 system and the every-once-in-a-while to my MacBook (soon to be MacBook Pro.)

I don't mind not having the OSD. I only use the one in my Acer to switch inputs going from 1 computer to another, and once I get the ACD, either unplugging it or using my Acer as a 2nd monitor will solve that. Plus already owning a MacBook solves the Boot Camp issues as I already have it installed since I'm using the aluminum keyboard. I manually calibrate the colors in OSX and Windows anyways.

Having only the miniDP doesn't bother me. It's a fantastic plug that I don't have to fiddle with screws or such to attach it to something.

Glossy, to me, has a much better pixel clarity, and I don't mind the glare since I'm not going to be using it in direct sunlight or in a bright room. Here's an example image I did a while back comparing my matte Acer screen to my MacBook and the iPhone 4, all using the same camera and zoom with a white image on all screens.

I somewhat trust Dell as a brand, and I do know people who like their monitors, but without physically looking at the monitors, it's hard for me to pick one out.

Plus having the built-in MagSafe charger saves me from buying a 2nd one when I get a new MacBook Pro later this year.

I've done my monitor research well over a year now, and the Cinema Display works out for me. This Acer I've been using for over 2 years now has done me good, but when I had to RMA it a while back, they sent me the same model, but with a lower quality panel as this one now has a stripe-effect on certain colors.

Thanks guys, I'll probably still go with the 6950 as that'll get me through at least another year. My 9800 is starting to act up and is showing it's age.
Edited by Lareson - 4/4/11 at 9:45pm
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