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Old 09-04-2007, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Probably a noob question here, but I have a Dell with an ATI 128mb X300 graphics card and I want to go from a 4:3 to a 16x9 monitor. I noticed on the ATI website (Radeon X300 Graphics Technology - GPU Specifications) that the only native widescreen resolutions it shows are 1920 x 1080 and 848 x 480. Will this mean sub par performance with a current "average" 1680 x 1050 widescreen monitor, or would it be OK?
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i wouldnt get such a big monitor with that card, get a 19" instead, you wil get rubbish frame frates with that monitor, if you do get a big monitor upgrade you graphics card
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I'm looking at either a 19 or 20 inch monitor....nothing huge, I just need the extra horizontal space.

My main question is will this card support the 1680 x 1050 max resolution of most monitors of this size? That rez isn't listed on the ATI site.

I supposed Powerstrip would solve that though, right? I think Radeon cards are compatible with custom resolutions?
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it should do, i have the X550 which is slightly better card than yours, are yuo planning on gaming, if so deffinately go for the 19" as you will gain a better framerate, if your not gaming just go with the 20"
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No gaming, just standard apps. It's a work computer....I just want a bigger monitor.
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go for the 20", im sure your card will support the resolution, if not then you can buy another cheap card which will without spending over £45
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if its not for gaming i'd suggest getting as big as 22''
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good point depends how much money he can burn
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Yeah, I wound up going with a 22". Looking forward to the upgrade.
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