Mixing widescreen monitors?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dandxg, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. gnome


    No problem... any new PC will have both PCIE and PCI slots. And unless your cards are high-power gaming cards, power is not issue at all.

    And for a trading rig, suggest you go with low power, no fan, workstation video cards like Nvidia Quadro NVS and Matrox.
    #11     Feb 27, 2007
  2. Thanks Chartie and Gnome. Gnome do you believe the above mentioned cards I have would be considered high powered gaming cards?
    #12     Feb 27, 2007
  3. gnome


    The 5200 is not. But I haven't followed gaming cards much, so I don't know of their power requirements. You should do a little research on that... in any event, it's not the card I'd pick for a trading computer.
    #13     Feb 27, 2007
  4. Well I got my new 20" WFP from Dell with computer and I am sending it back. I am running a older Matrox card on 1 Dell and will be running a GE Force 6600 Dual head with Nvidia drivers on the other.

    Between the 19"s on the Matrox and the 1 20" WFP on nvidia it just looks bad. Native resolution is different so things appear smaller between the 3 at 19" with Matrox and the 1 with 20" new Dell WFP on Nvidia. It causes eye strain because things are not uniform.

    I am just going to stick with 19"s. Heck Dell is refunding me $230 so with that and a little luck I can buy 2 more 19" Hans G's which I like.

    I could probably get another dual head nvidia right away and do the synch feature, but then I am stuck with a Matrox 4 head card so forget it.
    #14     Mar 8, 2007
  5. Dandxg, you are dealing with pixel size differences. the 19's are native 1440x900, 20 native at 1680x1050. the screen size diff is 1" (diagonal).

    a 1.05% size increase, verses a pixel diff of 1.16%

    Now if you were to hook up a 22" at 1680 x 1050, (1.15% size increase), I am willing to gamble that your pixel size would be similar, thus you wouldnt feel a Drastic difference in text size.

    Most monitors will spec the pixel size or Pixel Pitch.

    For your reference....


    Some sizes for similar pixel pitch size

    19/22 - 1440x900, 1680x1050
    24/21 - 1680x1050, 1920x1200
    23/20 - 1680x1050, 1920x1200

    30/23 - 2560x1600, 1920x1200
    #15     Mar 8, 2007
  6. C99


    You can try this utility if you're having problems with resolutions not supported by your video card. I added widescreens to some old matrox cards and powerstip fixed all my problems. It says it's $29, but I never paid anything. I get a message box for about 15 seconds at startup as a result, but I can live with that.

    #16     Mar 8, 2007
  7. Thanks for posting that guys. I appreciate it. I will keep the pixel size in mind next time I order. For now I will just stick with 19"s since I have 3 already.
    #17     Mar 11, 2007