My Graphics Card's maximum resolution is

  wee eddie 16:28 26 Mar 2010
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1680 x 1050, otherwise it's performance has never caused me a problem.

Now I am wishing to replace my 15" Flat Panel by a 22" job. Most, but not all, of those on the market seem to have a native resolution of 1920 x 1080.

The Question: Should I stick with my current Card and get(say) the Samsung SM2243W or should I replace my Card and get a slightly cheaper Monitor?

  Diemmess 17:47 26 Mar 2010

I am running a Samsung Syncmaster 226BW on a Nvidia GForce 8500 and the 1680 x 1050 resolution seems needle sharp and trouble free.

The new monitor will surely behave using the old card i.e. unless it is really old and primitive.

I would risk it to have a top spec monitor and be prepared to buy a new graphics card later, though I don't think you will need it.

If you do much publishing, with the new monitor you will be able to run two applications or documents side by side and easily read both!

  Kevscar1 18:46 26 Mar 2010

If you buy the monitor you can still run it at the lower resolution. Try resetting your card to 1920 x 1080 now, if it runs OK you won't have any problem with a new monitor.

  Diemmess 19:46 26 Mar 2010

For the record, my configuration (above) has a top limit of 1680 x 1950 for the 22" widescreen monitor.

  Kevscar1 20:09 26 Mar 2010

Diemmess
are you sure of your figures. Larger one alway comes first and the difference would make if a letterbox not widescreen. I run 24 in widescreen at 1900 x 1280, there is no 1680 in any 1900 settings.

  Kevscar1 20:30 26 Mar 2010

Just checked the only 1680 is by 1050 not 1950.

  Diemmess 21:01 26 Mar 2010

1680 x 1050 it is! - an unforgivable typo.

My point was that even at this lowish resolution there is no sign of jaggies or distortion.

  wee eddie 03:49 27 Mar 2010

1680 x 1050. There are several 22" Screens that have that as their Native Resolution. In fact the second in our Over £200 Chart is one of them as is the fifth in the Under £200 Chart.

The Card is a Sapphire ATI 1300, elderly but it does my business at the moment, thing is that it's only running a 15" Screen.

  Kevscar1 07:15 27 Mar 2010

If it runs at that resolution it will do the same on any size monitor even my 24in. Although a monitor has a native resolution it can handle any size upto that.
I,ve dropped mine done to 1200 x 800 trying somthing out once, looked horrible but monitor had no problem.
Is the 15in widescreen if not you may need to lower to the nearest widescreen resolution.

  sunnystaines 08:04 27 Mar 2010

if your new monitor is HD then get an ATI HD graphics card.

  wee eddie 13:44 27 Mar 2010

On a 22" Screen, what is the visual difference between 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1080?

Assuming the same Refresh Rate.

Why is one Resolution preferable to the other?

Apart from 'more pixels' of course.

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