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Windows 7: suggest a graphic card for SAMSUNG SyncMaster SA550

12 Nov 2011   #1

windows 7 ultimate
suggest a graphic card for SAMSUNG SyncMaster SA550

Hi all,

Very Recently (yesterday) added to my system is
SAMSUNG SyncMaster (s23a550h)
interfaced via HDMI <-> HDMI cable.

installed latest Catalyst 11.10

default resolution 1920 x 1080 used.

Overall visual experience is not satifactory for me. didn't got a clear dark crystal sharp visual experience. Colors are washed out, sharpness is not as it should be. Blackiness of fonts is little greyish.

tried many tweaks. Also uninstalled Catalyst and just installed ATI driver.

Graphics I usually use:
high resultion pictures editing/touching/viewing/slideshows...etc
movies, internet media contents view and occassional edit.
HD media contents viewing
occassional light to medium gaming.
occassional 3D rendering needs like autocad and other simulators.

Please suggest a better video card ( ATI and nVIDIA )for this situation OR My monitor is not good enough?

I am searching for SAPPHIRE HD 5750 ( or 5770) as they are very close match in performance to 6750 and similar series and less in price but more in price than my current HD 6570.

Is a 27inch monitor OK to be used as table top monitor? or is it just too big. Max resolution is same as 23inch i-e 1920 x 1080 for 27inch also. so it will show more zoomed image comparatively with same resolution and I guess seeing it from same distance, it will not give same experience as on 23inch because resolution has not increased with size in the case of 27 inch

please suggest soon


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12 Nov 2011   #2
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit

have you tried to calibrate your monitor?......control panel/display control panel/calibrate.....Try that first....
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13 Nov 2011   #3


yep, you should calibrate the system before anything else, unless by "tried many tweaks" you mean calibrating? Keep in mind adjustments can be done on the monitor itself and video card/computer so you need to make sure both are set up properly (for example no amount of adjusting Catalyst control center will fix the problem if monitor itself is set to minimum backlight etc.). I don't believe there could be much difference in static pictures between any modern video cards when using digital interface: after all, all they send is bunch of digits for each pixel, so if the given pixel has value of 150,150,150 and all adjustments and gamma correction are neutral, then the card should send 150,150,150 and it would be up to monitor to display this medium gray properly. If no amount of calibration can get the picture right, then possibly there is hardware issue inside monitor, video card or cable.
BTW there is one little problem using HDMI: Computer video levels go from 0-256 for all 3 colors, TV signal uses 7-250 only, so if there is mismatch (for example video card sends TV level signals and monitor expects computer level signals) you'll never see blackest blacks and whitest whites, but I guess that would be part of calibration process??
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13 Nov 2011   #4

windows 7 ultimate

Thanks guys for suggestions,

tweaking means I played around monitor menu and catalyst menu items. Finally I left both on DEFAULT settings on monitor menu and in catalyst.

What is pointed by CALIBRATION here.

Catalyst have display options
PC <-many resolution->
TV <-many TV standard resolution->

I have tried both. With TV option on HDMI on same monitor, little better quality at the sake of 1inch blank border all around the visual window. Border is not going by any means since underscan/overscan greys out( no selection ). I believe that TV option in catalyst is appropriate when we are plugging a HD TV in place of monitor and there screen will fill whole area since aspect ratio will match

I have few concerns when considering to exchange my monitor with same series 27inch ( paying more bucks )

1) 1920 x 1080 at 23inch and 1920 x 1080 at 27 inch monitor,
I feel 27 inch picture will be bigger at same resoltions so will degrade visual quality but somebody suggests diff will not be noticeable. Does it really not noticeable? I will opt for it then.

2) I am planning to fix monitor on the wall in front of my desk. distance from monitor would be somewhat 2.5 ft to 3.5 ft. good for 27inch monitor?

3) I am already not completely satisfied yet with same series 23inch then going to same series 27inch what would be the result. more dissatisfaction?
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13 Nov 2011   #5
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit

Not sure if you found what I suggested this explains it better Calibrate your display
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13 Nov 2011   #6

windows 7 ultimate

Thanks, I calibrated that. seems better
but system fonts ( in windows menus etc..) are not smooth and little greyish black. not full black. adjusted windows cleartype also

What is the PIXEL format sttings recommended in Catalyst? and what is the purpose of GPU scaling?
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13 Nov 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Check in CCC that the following is unchecked,

suggest a graphic card for SAMSUNG SyncMaster SA550-mlaa.png

as it can have the affect you're describing on just about everything, and not limited to just games.

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14 Nov 2011   #8

windows 7 ultimate

confirmed, it is unchecked
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14 Nov 2011   #9

windows 7 ultimate

OK guys, seems better now.

updated Catalyst to latest.
adjusted brightnesss/contrast.
adjusted cleartype font.
Calibrated display from win7 'calibrate'

wishing more better performance. perhaps I need a professional monitor.
Which screen technology is best truely so far? IPL?

upgrading my card will yield same or better result ?
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14 Nov 2011   #10
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit

An upgrade (card) will only help in gaming not so much in video or text....I'm not real particular in what monitor I long as it doesn't flicker......
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