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    Is DVI worth the upgrade?

    Hi,

    I just got a new LCD monitor today and it has support for VDI. However, my graphiccard does not. I've heard that DVI makes the picture a lot better and I wanted to see if any of you guys have personal experience and if it's a good idea for me to invest in a new graphiccard with DVI?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by (SH)Saeed; 11-17-2002 at 11:18 PM.
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    Yes if you have the money, its well worth the upgrade.
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    I'm thinking about getting either a Matrox G550 or a Geforce4 Titanium. The reason I'm thinking about G550 is because Matrox has the best 2D graphics (and only costs like $100) and I work 90% of the time and play games 10% (if even that). Anyone here got either of these cards?
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    Used ot have a g4ti4600. Get the radeon 9700 trust me its well worth it
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    I'm sure it is, but I've just spent a lot of money on this new LCD monitor, a Logitech MX-700 mouse, a Chieftec Fulltower box, and also ordered a laser printer so I rather not spend another $400 on an awesone 3D graphic card when I don't play games that much.
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    with DVI, your signal from the gfx card does not need to be converted to analogue and then back to digital again. Hence signal quality is not degraded by any conversion process. Digital all the way through!

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    Yes if you have the money, its well worth the upgrade.
    I agree.

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    I will get a card with DVI. The question is which card? I want to spend as little money as possible yet get value for my money which is why I'm considering Matrox G550. Any thoughts?
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    If you don't get the Ati 9700, at least get the 8500. I have the AIW 8500DV and it's totally awesome.

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    It's not only a lower signal degregation for DVI, but DVI supports higher resolutions I believe. Since you have an LCD that's only 17" that might not matter but later on it might.
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    I've got a Viewsonic VX-900 (19" LCD) hooked up to a Geforce 4 TI4400 at home. The DVI connection is a nice improvement over the analog. The biggest difference that I've noticed is that you can set the refresh rate to something other than 60hz. Personally, I've been very happy with my video card. It's not the top of the line ATI or NVidia, but it does pretty much everything I ask.
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    I can go as high as 72Hz (I use 70Hz) on the current analog cable/port with my GeForce2 graphiccard so does that mean I can go even higher (maybe 85Hz) with a G550 DVI?
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    I dunno. On mine, I'm limited to 60hz via the analog cable. Of course, I suppose it could be the 8mb Millenium G200 that's plugged into it. I must say though that I don't notice the lower refresh rate on the LCD quite like I do on the CRT monitors.
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    Originally posted by (SH)Saeed
    I will get a card with DVI. The question is which card? I want to spend as little money as possible yet get value for my money which is why I'm considering Matrox G550. Any thoughts?
    I personally hate matrox I think they have alot of
    "issues"
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    Get an ATI Radeon 9000; great card for the money.

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