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  1.    29 Mar 2016 #1
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    What determines or restricts monitor specs?


    When considering a higher resolution monitor, what takes priority or restricts choice? Is it the system motherboard specs or the graphics card specs? Or does it depend on whether the monitor is to be connected to one or the other? Or is it more technical than that?

    I have a 27" Samsung monitor with native resolution 1920 x 1080. I play DCS flight simulation and do get a pretty good picture but wondered if I could get an even better picture with a higher res monitor. I was thinking of increasing my ram to 32gig - the motherboard will handle that.

    The graphics card is 'overclock edition' - I think that may mean it's factory overclocked - I don't enter the realms of overclocking.
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  2.    30 Mar 2016 #2
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    It depends on what you mean by a better picture. If you are concerned about the color quality, you may just need to tune the settings on the monitor. If you think frame rate is your problem, then you should likely look in to a better video card. Simply increasing the resolution to a newer monitor may not make the picture "better".

    Increase the amount of RAM will have nothing to do with picture quality. If it looks good to you now, why bother trying to change that?
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  3.    30 Mar 2016 #3
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    Hi Aurondium.

    Your question is ... What determines or restricts monitor specs?

    I think the key factor is the A/V interface. The same graphics processing unit (dedicated or integrated) may yield different resolution when connected to different interfaces. As an example, see the specifications of a motherboard ... say B85M-G. It says:
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    If it is connected to a VGA or DVI port, it is 1920x1080; but when it is connected to HDMI, it is 4096 x 2160. If a larger monitor connected to the DVI port, display resolution will not be improved.
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  4.    30 Mar 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arc View Post
    Hi Aurondium.

    Your question is ... What determines or restricts monitor specs?

    I think the key factor is the A/V interface. The same graphics processing unit (dedicated or integrated) may yield different resolution when connected to different interfaces. As an example, see the specifications of a motherboard ... say B85M-G. It says:
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    If it is connected to a VGA or DVI port, it is 1920x1080; but when it is connected to HDMI, it is 4096 x 2160. If a larger monitor connected to the DVI port, display resolution will not be improved.
    It's a little more complicated.

    Dual link DVI supports 2560 X 1600. Digital Visual Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia It was used on the 30" monitors that I used to lust after.

    The resolution HDMI supports depends on its version number. HDMI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia If you want 4096 X 2160 at 60 Hz, apparently you need HDMI 2.0.

    I'm running UHD (3940 X 2160) at 60 Hz using a DisplayPort interface.
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  5.    30 Mar 2016 #5
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    Your video card(needs to support your maximum resolution at least) and the particular monitor manufacture specs. and video input/output connector types(HDMI, Display port, mini display port are pretty much state of the art video computer to monitor interface connectors). If you don't have a discrete video card then the onboard graphics chip on your motherboard and video input/output connectors must support your monitor . Don't go cheap on this and Do the comparisons. IMO
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  6.    30 Mar 2016 #6
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    From my experience with higher resolution then 1920 x 1080 your video card specs are what is important, as i see from your video card your fine for it. The other thing i notice about higher resolution is it will work your card much more then when using lower resolution.
    The card will increase in temps faster, fans will run faster. For gaming you may loose frames per second you might be better off with same resolution and higher refresh rate monitor for gaming.

    http://www.sapphiretech.com/productd...C443D&lang=eng
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  7.    31 Mar 2016 #7
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    All very enlightening and helpful, guys, and your taking time to reply is much appreciated. Thank you.

    My current monitor does not have a Display Input, hence my question, although I do remember that old phrase- if it ain't broke don't fix it. I am currently exploring DCS Flight simulator and closing up on screen instruments helps - great fun.

    It looks as though I maybe should have gone for a better quality monitor to give myself options that are presently not available to me.. Live and learn.

    Thanks again.
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  8.    31 Mar 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurondium View Post
    All very enlightening and helpful, guys, and your taking time to reply is much appreciated. Thank you.

    My current monitor does not have a Display Input, hence my question, although I do remember that old phrase- if it ain't broke don't fix it. I am currently exploring DCS Flight simulator and closing up on screen instruments helps - great fun.

    It looks as though I maybe should have gone for a better quality monitor to give myself options that are presently not available to me.. Live and learn.

    Thanks again.
    If the monitor is the Samsung S27E390HS listed in your specs, its native resolution is 1920X1080. Both the HDMI and DB15 (VGA) ports will support that.

    You'd need a different monitor to get more pixels.
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  9.    01 Apr 2016 #9
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    The monitor I am now considering is a Samsung S34E790C. Any obvious reason I may have overlooked as to why that may not be compatible with my present system?

    If it won't work too well..... unless I upgrade my graphics card.....hmmmmm. Or there is another solution to obtaining a larger screen - maybe by sticking with 1920 x 1080.

    I really appreciate your input because I must confess to feeling a tad bamboozled by all the net searching I have done.

    ETA- Spoken to my son who (in addition to explaining a few things to me) has a quad 1920x1080 professional set-up he is not going to have any use for shortly and he has kindly offered it to me plus the relevant graphics card so everything is on hold for the moment, but I do thank you all again for your very kind assistance.
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  10.    01 Apr 2016 #10
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    Samsung does make very nice monitors. Your AMD Sapphire Card does support that resolution. On second look there are a number of Sapphire R9 280 X http://www.sapphiretech.com/catapage...id=74&lang=eng

    So you do not really need to upgrade your graphics card. The thing with higher resolution is everything is going to become smaller on the screen (icons,text,etc...) and you may have to play with Scaling and other settings in Windows, you will not notice this with videos and games. With higher resolution you get more of a percentage of screen space to images and 25% or more sharper.

    Wish you luck on whatever you decide if son doing this for you great.
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