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RedTerex
03-01-2007, 02:24 AM
I have just splashed out 199 on a brand new Samsung 19" TFT monitor, the Samsung SyncMaster 940N to be more precise. And its great, so clear and sharp with loads of on screen settings.

And being so slim and light the amount of space saved is wonderful as I have now binned the old massive, space grabbin and heavy 15" CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor. These TFT monitors are so manoeverable and easy to set up for that right eye distance and tilt etc and with no glare off the screen it gets better.

I have decided to do this primerily to get more out of SH4 with a bigger screen. ( Should make the DEV's proud ) Remember though that the bigger the monitor ie 19" 20" 22" etc the lower the resolution, my max is now 1280x1024 but to be honest I never go any higher even in games.

And besides set at 1280x1024 at 70hertz I can read all of your posts and moderate this forum a bit better now too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

RedTerex
03-01-2007, 02:24 AM
I have just splashed out 199 on a brand new Samsung 19" TFT monitor, the Samsung SyncMaster 940N to be more precise. And its great, so clear and sharp with loads of on screen settings.

And being so slim and light the amount of space saved is wonderful as I have now binned the old massive, space grabbin and heavy 15" CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor. These TFT monitors are so manoeverable and easy to set up for that right eye distance and tilt etc and with no glare off the screen it gets better.

I have decided to do this primerily to get more out of SH4 with a bigger screen. ( Should make the DEV's proud ) Remember though that the bigger the monitor ie 19" 20" 22" etc the lower the resolution, my max is now 1280x1024 but to be honest I never go any higher even in games.

And besides set at 1280x1024 at 70hertz I can read all of your posts and moderate this forum a bit better now too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Ant__.
03-01-2007, 05:18 AM
Nice one RT. I'd suggest you get it wall mounted if you can. I did that with my Acer 1912 19" and it looks great hovering over my desk. The mount cost me only a tenner I think.

K_Freddie
03-01-2007, 06:16 AM
Nooice http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
I've got a 17" Philips TFT... Makes CRT's yuuughhy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

RedTerex
03-01-2007, 07:54 AM
Thanks for the suggestion RJ, they are so versatile arnt they, and yes Freddie CRT's are certainly yuuughhy !

I dont think they make CRT's anymore as its old technology and times move on...thank God !

Now I just need to play SH4 to test it out properly....devs...devs...has it gone Gold yet ?

bunkerratt
03-01-2007, 08:39 AM
i just puy up a new viewsonic vx2035wm 20 inch lcd w/5 ms it's native is 1680x1050 i'm running sh3 gwx @1600x1200..it rocks... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Stuntcow
03-01-2007, 09:30 AM
I got a Viewsonic 22" LCD about a moth ago. 1600 x 1200 max rez and a 22.3" viewable screen. Is nice. Use a pair of 19" LCD's on my other system and they work great as well.

RedTerex
03-01-2007, 12:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Stuntcow:
I got a Viewsonic 22" LCD about a moth ago. 1600 x 1200 max rez and a 22.3" viewable screen. Is nice. Use a pair of 19" LCD's on my other system and they work great as well. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

22" screen ! I bet that delivers some great views and SH-4 should look super on that. I bet you will feel as it "you are there" surrounded by vision. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Grrbob25
03-01-2007, 03:01 PM
I've got a Dell 19" LCD works well, max res is 1280x1024, but I'd never run it that high playing Sh3. Even with my Geforce 7600 GT overclocked to run like a 7800, I still get sudders in gameplay. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Stuntcow
03-01-2007, 03:14 PM
I cant wait to see what it will look like on it. I know SH3 looks great when pished to a higher then basic res. I got it when the 21" I had went out and they(Viewsonic) did not have a replacement so they offered me a 22" in its place. Had to go a month without a monitor but got a bigger one when I got it.

VikingGrandad
03-01-2007, 03:25 PM
The Samsung and the Dell were both models I considered when I recently decided to upgrade from my ancient 17" CRT. In the end I chose a Viewsonic VP930B after reading the review at Tom's Hardware Guide (http://tomshardware.co.uk/2005/11/17/viewsonic_vp930_lcd_monitoruk/), which concluded that it's a strong all-rounder (games, DVD & photos). The quality is great - both in terms of industrial build and picture quality.

@Grrbob - I run SH3(GWX) at 1280 x 1024 on my 256MB 7600 GT with AA and AS switched on, and it runs fine. I've not overclocked anything either. What memory and processor do you have? I've got 1.5GB of memory and an AMD 64 3700+ - nothing high end.

tambor198
03-01-2007, 03:39 PM
I've just upgraded my computer alittle before Xmas. I'm using a Gateway FPD2185W 21" monitor (http://www.gateway.com/accessories/product/1540878R.php?seg=hm) which is High Definition ready. Along with that I've got a Geforce 8800 GTX video card, teamed with Intel's Duo 2 Core e6700 processor and 2 gigs om memory. Bring on SHIV, I'm ready.


Like RedTerex says, has SHIV gone gold yet????



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Grrbob25
03-01-2007, 03:42 PM
Im running Intel Pentium D at 3.20ghtz, and 1 Gb of Ram. it only slows down when I use the external camera to follow a torpedo, or when firing the deck gun. other then that my FPS is great (60-75 Average)

TheRealPotoroo
03-01-2007, 07:37 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RedTerex:
Thanks for the suggestion RJ, they are so versatile arnt they, and yes Freddie CRT's are certainly yuuughhy !

I dont think they make CRT's anymore as its old technology and times move on...thank God ! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Some CRTs are still being made (particularly in China) although the market has emphatically shifted to LCDs, albeit not always for the right reasons. That said, I consider myself fortunate I grabbed one of the last Mitsubishi Diamond Digital 19" CRTs just before they disappeared last Christmas. Far from being "yuuughhy", CRTs retain a number of advantages over LCDs for gaming, advantages which to my mind outweigh the disadvantages of size and weight. One of those advantages is the lack of any native resolution, which means I can run any game from 640x480 (Myst III), 1024x768 (SH3), 1280x960 (FEAR), 1280x1024 (CFS3) to 1600x1200 (CoD2) without any distortion or dithering. Another advantage is the complete lack of motion blur (sometimes wrongly called ghosting, which is technically quite different). LCDs have their own strong points, but for gaming I have to yet to see one I could live with.

PhantomKira
03-01-2007, 09:06 PM
Don't LCDs tend to have directionality problems? As in, if you aren't looking directly at them, 90 degrees to the surface, you tend to get fading of images, etc. Things you don't get with a CRT.

TheFastFreddie
03-01-2007, 11:16 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
The Samsung and the Dell were both models I considered when I recently decided to upgrade from my ancient 17" CRT. In the end I chose a Viewsonic VP930B after reading the review at Tom's Hardware Guide (http://tomshardware.co.uk/2005/11/17/viewsonic_vp930_lcd_monitoruk/), which concluded that it's a strong all-rounder (games, DVD & photos). The quality is great - both in terms of industrial build and picture quality.

@Grrbob - I run SH3(GWX) at 1280 x 1024 on my 256MB 7600 GT with AA and AS switched on, and it runs fine. I've not overclocked anything either. What memory and processor do you have? I've got 1.5GB of memory and an AMD 64 3700+ - nothing high end. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I've got the VP912b and its been a pretty good monitor. Sometimes the black colors on the side come out a dark grey but beyond that its all good. Wish I had gotten a bigger monitor though ... maybe a 21 or 22 but sometimes you have to budget.

TheRealPotoroo
03-01-2007, 11:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by PhantomKira:
Don't LCDs tend to have directionality problems? As in, if you aren't looking directly at them, 90 degrees to the surface, you tend to get fading of images, etc. Things you don't get with a CRT. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yes, LCDs tend to have a more limited viewing angle compared to flat screen CRTs.

Antrodemus
03-02-2007, 02:14 AM
Agreed, on the CRT vs TFT for gaming thing... I'm not saying you guys with TFTs are doing the wrong thing though - if you're happy with your new skinny-*** screen, that's fine with me. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Seriously though, I'm lucky enough to have no problems with space for my CRTs; a 21" and a 20" (both Dell-badged Sony Trinitrons), having a whole room for my PCs (1 for the 'net, 1 for gaming), and my "Jukebox" PC lives in my bedroom, tucked away in a cupboard with nought but a CAT5e cable to give the game away, and he has a wee 15" TFT screwed to the wall for any (rare) time I have to control him directly).

...anyway, point being - I sell systems and monitors, and have done for many years, and one thing I've always been aware of is while I've seen some real quality TFTs doing their thing, when I come home to my own screens, the colour depth on the CRTs is immediately apparent, even though they're getting on a bit now (5 & 4 years old respectively), they're still pin sharp corner-to-corner, thanks largely to the top-quality Trinny tubes.

Also, one thing that's always troubled me with TFTs is their relatively short lifespan. Outwith warranty, they're almost not worth getting repaired if any screen element goes wonky and you're not technically minded (and equipped), and even getting the backlight replaced can cost an arm and a leg depending on who you get to replace it. I've yet to see a TFT whose screen is untarnished and as bright as it was originally when more than 3 - 4 years old.

Bottom line : I like 'em... they have a tiny footprint, weigh next to nothing, they use a fraction of the power of a CRT and emit far less heat, and are becoming cheaper in price by the day, but that brings me to why I hate 'em... they will eventually be the death knell for CRTs, and from a personal POV, that's not a day I look forward to.