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Old November 25, 2008, 07:40 AM
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Hey guys,

Right now I have a 24" Samsung 245T and am looking to get another monitor. I'm considering getting either another 24" monitor or even a 30" LCD.

First question: Will my graphics card (7800GTX KO) be able to handle a 30" and a 24" monitor at the same time.

Second question: Which monitor do you think is better, the Samsung 305T or the Dell 3008WFP-HC.

Lastly, is there any real disadvantage of going with a 30"-24" dual setup as opposed to a dual 24" monitor setup.

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Old November 25, 2008, 09:36 AM
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Looking at the 7800GTX reference, yes it will support a 24" + 30" as one of the DVI's is dual-link for the higher res support of the 30" (assuming 2560x1600 on the dual link and 1920x1200 on the other DVI). Therefore dual 24"s would be no issue (2x 1920x1200 both single link).

As for a 30" over 24" you receive a massive increase in both pixel and viewable area (around 77% extra in pixel count) . I once sat my dell 2405FP next to my friends 3005FP it looks tiny in comparison.

However size isnt everything, in all honesty I found 30" to big for day-to-day uses such as browsing etc but that just comes down to personal preference really.
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Why drop $1200 on a monitor without spending $200 on a vid card? Your 7800 wont play any games at an acceptable framerate at 2560x1600.
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Old November 25, 2008, 09:52 AM
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Should clarify my above post was based on just desktop use :) gaming yeah even at 1920x1200 most current or previous gen games would run average -> bad imo. Save the money get a second 24" and grab a GTX260 C216.
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Old November 25, 2008, 10:12 AM
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Why drop $1200 on a monitor without spending $200 on a vid card? Your 7800 wont play any games at an acceptable framerate at 2560x1600.
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Should clarify my above post was based on just desktop use :) gaming yeah even at 1920x1200 most current or previous gen games would run average -> bad imo. Save the money get a second 24" and grab a GTX260 C216.
I'm planning on upgrading my system in the new year (most likely a GTX280 or 290 when they come out). I don't see a point upgrading my graphics card when my processor sucks right now (AMD x2 4200+), and if I need to upgrade the processor, well I need to buy a new mobo, ram, etc.

I don't game enough right now to warrant a new graphics card. The reason I'm buying another monitor is because I usually have multiple windows open, including large spreadsheets, etc.
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Old November 25, 2008, 12:04 PM
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Whats the primary use of the new or 2nd monitor going to be?
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I thought you needed two dual-link DVI's to push 25x16 resolution?
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Old November 27, 2008, 09:49 PM
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Do you plan on gaming on the monitor? If so I'd look at getting last years model, the Dell 3007WFP-HC. The 305T and the Dell 3008WFP-HC suffer from input lag, while on the 305t its not really noticeable, but on the 3008WFP-HC its very noticeable.

Disclosure - I've owned both the Samsung 305T and the Dell 3007WFP-HC, while I've only used the 3008WFP-HC for a short time.
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Old November 28, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Do you plan on gaming on the monitor? If so I'd look at getting last years model, the Dell 3007WFP-HC. The 305T and the Dell 3008WFP-HC suffer from input lag, while on the 305t its not really noticeable, but on the 3008WFP-HC its very noticeable.

Disclosure - I've owned both the Samsung 305T and the Dell 3007WFP-HC, while I've only used the 3008WFP-HC for a short time.
Meh, I probably will game a bit on it in the future, but not a ton. The main use will be for multitasking though. I think I'm gonna pick up the 305T as I see no reason to pay $500 more and wait 3+ weeks (its out of stock) for the 3008WFP-HC that I won't even use the extra inputs on.

I might pick up a GTX260 Core 216 as well, still undecided on that one.
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