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#1 Luke Tennison

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 01:25 AM

I was out to get a new monitor today, and was asking one of the employes opinion on the clarity of one of the monitors they had, and he told me that the nvidea geforce 8600 gt video card (the one I currently have) isn't compatible with widescreen monitors (16:9 ratio) is that true?

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 01:37 AM

no its not, not at all. that 8600Gt should have no problem with a widescreen format. in fact, the max resolution of the 8600 GT I believe, is 2560 x 1600 and everything below. now, with that single card, running at high resolution with big games is going to absolutly kill your framerate, but for your average computing use and movie watching, even running at 1920 x 1080 will be just fine. or even 1680 by 1050 (I think thats a common resolution of modern monitors). but yes, that 8600 should handle widescreen, or even the full 1080p of HD glory, just fine, only time its gonna hurt you is running big games like crysis.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 03:47 PM

So the picture will still take up the whole screen? (no black bars on top or sides etc.) All it will do is slow down the framerate on games?

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:05 PM

It will display on and fill the whole screen fine.

What's the resolution of the screen? If the resolution is higher than your current one, it will put more stress on your graphics card, resulting in lesser frame rate. However, you will be able to run the games at a lower resolution, but they won't display as sharply.

A 15" screen running at 1024X768 will be better looking than 1024X768 on any screen that's bigger.
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