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Windows 7: difference in new and old monitors, how much is too much?

01 Dec 2011   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
difference in new and old monitors, how much is too much?

I'm looking at buying two more 22" displays. Hopefully the price will come down right before Christmas.
The specs between the old and new monitors are slightly different. Will I see that big of a difference?
The monitors will be used for gaming and more screen real estate while doing other tasks.

New display
resolution: 1680x1050
brightness: 250 cd/m2
contrast ratio: 1000:1
response time: 5ms

Old display
resolution: 1680x1050
brightness: 300 cd/m2
contrast ratio: 800:1
response time: 5ms


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01 Dec 2011   #2
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

From what specs you've listed I don't see that much of a difference...same resolution, same response time and very little on the contrast and brightness. The only advantage would be the signal input on the new monitors if they have a display port for combining more than 2 monitors to one GPU.
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01 Dec 2011   #3
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I agree, between the two, theres probably not going to be much difference.


However, if you move up to a LED monitor thats something along the line of:
1920x1080, 50,000:1 or better CR, and 2ms response, you should see a significant improvement.

The price diffreence may not be that much more either.
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01 Dec 2011   #4
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

What models are the screens?
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01 Dec 2011   #5
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
From what specs you've listed I don't see that much of a difference...same resolution, same response time and very little on the contrast and brightness.
The only advantage would be the signal input on the new monitors if they have a display port for combining more than 2 monitors to one GPU.
Wouldn't you need a Display Port on the video card as well?
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02 Dec 2011   #6
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Both displays are Dell's. I picked up the 22" I have now on sale. It's a year old with no issues.
If I get a 1920x1080 (like wishmaster said) won't it look weird next to my current 1680x1050 monitor?
I'm planning on having 3 total, so keeping the specs the same would be good.

I have two GTX580's in SLI so no problems on connectivity.
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02 Dec 2011   #7
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

Well if you want 3 way monitors you want the new 2 to be as close to the current one. So the ones mentioned will be fine. Personally I'd save a little more and get 3 new ones then you can get 3 1080p LED screens! Ben Q monitors are getting a good name for themselves. Apart from them I'd only ever touch samsung screens

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02 Dec 2011   #8
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Different resolutions aren't that bad with triple screens. I had 1440x900, 1920x1080, and 1680x1050 on my setup for quite awhile (sig pic shows this setup). If you game across all 3, then you will need to run all screens at the same resolution, which in my case was 1440x900 across each screen. It was fine for games to have the higher res screens running at 1440x900 but for Windows Desktop use, running lower than Native makes the image fuzzy.

I now have 3 1920x1080 screens, all 3 are different since I upgraded one at a time when there were deals on the screens. Samsung 23", HP 23" (with Display Port), Viewsonic 21.5".

this is the new setup,
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02 Dec 2011   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Personally I would hold out and opt for a nice IPS display. They are more expensive, but it's because they perform quite a bit better.
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02 Dec 2011   #10
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Agree with going with an IPS, the color fidelity is much better than a TN panel. And before we get into the "but games run better on TN panles" I'm running a HP ZR22w and have NO ghosting issues with it.
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