Monitors-DVI vs VGA

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  1. jcarlin123

    jcarlin123 Member Guru

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    Hey all. i was just pondering some thoughts in the lead up to my new video card and mobo. I was thinking about monitors and i was wondering if it is possible for a generic brand monitor to hamper performance. I was also wondering if DVI monitors are worth the difference in cost. Apparently they provide better clarity, but is this the case? Do some monitors display colours better than others?

    Please, if you have any comments to offer post a reply. Regardless of whether it is right or wrong - it might bring up some strange myths.

    Thanks ;)
     
  2. slicksickwilly

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    I have a brand new Samsung 204b 20.1" LCD and i have used it both analog and DVI.. I cant really see any diff and if there is its very minimal..
     
  3. chispy

    chispy Ancient Guru

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    DVI better than VGA due to the fact that the signal in your GPU starts digital and not analog , so the monitor will display a true digital image , better clarity , better image , better colors. As i have a Samsung 225bw 22 inches widescreen LCD i did try both DVI and VGA and yes theres a difference in quality. Yes name brand monitors are better made , so the quality of the colors will be beter than the generic ones.
    Good Day.
     
  4. Salem13

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    I have a 22" widescreen and sofar I've noticed a little window in the upper right pop up and say "digital" ... other than that I havent noticed much. ;)
     

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    heh apparntly colours are slightly better in VGA. But i much prefer DVI much crisper/brighter.

    VGA can only do max res of 1600x1200 i think or around there.

    DVI is WQXGA+ i use WUXGA. If i use VGA on my screen it goes alittle
    pixelated at full res.

    This is using my 24" dell lcd.
     
  6. jcarlin123

    jcarlin123 Member Guru

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    Thanks guys. So the difference is not huge and at a max res of 1280x1024 i wouldn't notice a $150-$200 difference? Alright. Thanks for the replies ;)
     
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    I've got a $200 19" LCD using the DVI, and it has a great picture, it's a Sceptre, not a brand people talk about, but it's very good.
     
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    DVI is much crisper at the native resolution on my Samsung LCD than the VGA.
     
  9. rainyjewels

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    I have tried both VGA and DVI and honestly, I cannot tell much of a difference between the two. A generic-brand monitor will not hamper performance, as long as the response time is low enough. However, you may want to check if there are reviews available for the generic-brand monitor you're planning to purchase, just to make sure. :grab:
     
  10. jcarlin123

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    right-o. yeah, i guess it depends whether or not the extra crispness that DVI monitors provide is noticeable in games. AA and AF would also contribute. hmmm.
     

  11. Deadman93723

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    Biggest thing to worry about is the response time anything 12ms or less is what you want, refresh rate is also a thing to consider, because if you use vsync you will be limited in FPS by your highest refresh rate.
     
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    One but thing that lead me to dvi is that is allows for less ghosting compared to vga. Yet alone it does have brighter and more vibrant colors.
     
  13. jcarlin123

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    I just had a look on umart. The price has come down heaps since i bought my Benq FP71G+ (VGA). The 19" DVI is now only $55 more. In saying that the 17" does the job for the time being ;)
     
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    i have a sony sdm hs95/p and a samsung syncmaster 940bw and i cant tell the difference between either when running vga or dvi...thus i prefer vga because the max refresh is 75 as opposed to dvi's 60
     
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    So do all DVI monitors have a max refresh rate of 60Hz? If so, then that is one performance capper if vsync is enabled.
     

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    No, mine has a refresh rate of 75hz on the DVI connector.
     
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    most do but not all
     
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    i just got a LG L204WT 20.1" WS LCD and the difference between VGA and DVI is indeed small, but is also noticable.. it MAY be a bit of a placebo effect but i swear there are tiny details that had never noticed before.. hard to tell. i havnt set my display to clone and plugged both outputs into the monitor to do back and forth coparisons..

    but yeah, mine has 75hz refresh rate.. doesnt matter too much.. i dont use vsync in any of my games anymore.. used to on my CRT but for some reason i dont notice nearly as much tearing as i used to on this LCD.
    but yeah, i'd definetly recomend going with a LG/Samsung/BRANDNAME monitor over a no-name (metro) brand.. unless you can find a lot of really good reviews for that particular model or something.
     
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    Good to hear that some DVI monitors can operate at 75Hz. It really seems as though the difference is minor but still noticeable. Is it the same with LCD or plasma TV's?
     
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    I don't think that playing at 60 fps or 75 fps sould be a thing to consider when buying a monitor. There is no person on earth who could tell the difference.

    Someone said that colors are better in VGA. In fact that is only true if you like to play with settings, edit the color profiles (which by the way you can do using a software too). Digital monitors have all things fixed, which can also be considered as a plus, you don't have to fiddle with geometry or other settings (size, position, colors, etc.), these settings are always perfect.
     

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